The Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP) is a vibrant and inclusive community of students and faculty. In this community, students and faculty dream and challenge, create and examine, test and implement the best of what education can be to meet the contemporary learning needs of society wherever those arise.

ETAP faculty have built working relations with schools, universities, businesses, corporations, and government agencies locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Department offers programs for advanced study and research in Language and Literacy, Instructional Design and Technology, Mathematics and Science education, Teaching and Learning, and Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Obdalova, Ed. D visiting from Tomsk State University, Russia
Dr. Obdalova, Ed.D, is vising the University at Albany from the National Research Tomsk State University, Russia. She is working on her research program, "Research of Cognitive Aspects in Social Language Acquisition", under the auspices of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, and supervised by Professor Istvan Kecskes, the Director of ESL Graduate Programs. National Research Tomsk State University has been ranked as one of the top higher educational research institutions in Russia (

Distinguished Professor and Department Chair Honored as AERA Fellow
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Arthur Applebee, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, for his selection as Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Established in 2007, the AERA Fellows Program honors educational researchers who have made exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions through sustained research of distinction in the field and the development of research opportunities and settings. Dr. Applebee has been internationally recognized as a leading authority on English language arts. His studies focus on how children and adults learn the many specialized forms of language required for success in school subjects, life and work. Applebee joins two School of Education colleagues, Dr. Judith Langer and Dr. Sigmund Tobias, in the AERA Fellows Program.

Dr. Oliveria wins 2013 NARST Early Career Research Award  
Dr. Alandeom Oliveria won the 2013 NARST Early Career Research Award (ECRA). The ECRA is given annually to a researcher who, within the first seven years after completion of the doctoral degree, demonstrates the greatest potential to make outstanding and continuing contributions to research in science education. NARST is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.



Our full-time faculty members engage in numerous national and international publication and service activities. Along with their own publication activity, thay serve as reviewers for conference proposals, journal manuscripts, and textbooks. As one representation of this professional service, the following list indicates past and current work as editorial, advisory and/or review board members


Bogazici University Journal (Kouba)
Changing English (Applebee)
Computers in Human Behavior (Bangert-Drowns)
Educational Technology Research and Development
English Journal (Agee)
International Journal of Multilingualism (Kecskes)
Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editor)
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (Shea – Assoc. Editor)
Journal of Literacy Research (Agee)
Journal of Research on Technology in Education
Journal of Writing Assessment (Yagelski)
Language Learning and Technology (Meskill)
Reading Research Quarterly (Agee)
Rehabilitation and Exceptionality (Haase)
Research in the Teaching of English (Agee, Applebee)
Written Communication (Applebee)
Advisory Board member for the journal _English Education (Yagelski)


Career Awards

Applebee – Reading Hall of Fame

Langer – Reading Hall of Fame, Presidential Award for Lifetime Career Achievement (Hofstra University), Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge (State University of New York), Honorary Doctorate (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Excellence in Research

Agee- American Educational Research Association (Division K) Kappa Delta Pi Research Award

Applebee - University at Albany and State University of New York Chancellor’s Award

Langer - Richard H. Meade Award for Outstanding Research, National Council of Teachers of English, University at Albany and State University of New York Chancellor’s Award

Early Career Award

Bangert-Drowns – Hinsdale Scholar Award for Scholarship and Professional Promise, University of Michigan

Herzig – National Science Foundation

Wilcox – Faculty Diversity Award-SUNY

Scholarship Awards

Langer - Distinguished Professor (State University of New York ), Distinguished Professor (University of Trondheim, Norway), Distinguished Visiting Scholar (Turku University, Finland) and Invited Professor (Swedish Research Council)

Teaching Awards

Herzig – University of Wisconsin

Yagelski – Purdue University and University at Albany

Leadership Awards

Shea – EDUCAUSE Award for Systematic Progress in Teaching & Learning

Awards for Outstanding Articles/Books/Software

Applebee – Conference on English Education, National Council of Teachers of English

Bangert-Drowns – Journal of Educational Research

Kecskes – Publishers’ Excellence

Kecskes - Situation-Bound Utterances in L1 and L2 Berlin: Morton de Gruyter

Kouba – Learning Magazine

Langer – Albert J. Harris Award, International Reading Association

Rodgers – American Educational Research Association – Division K


Applebee – Rockefeller Foundation

Kecskes - Rockefeller Foundation

Kecskes - Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy

Langer – APA, Natl. Conference on Research in English, Rockefeller Foundation, Distinguished Benton Fellow (University of Chicago)

Spencer Fellows/Grants


Distinguished Service Positions

Bangert-Drowns – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UAlbany School of Education

Bowman – Regent from the Third Judicial District for the State University of New York

Awards/Recognition for Work as a Graduate Student

Agee – Promising Researcher Award (National Council of Teachers of English) and Outstanding Student Research Award (Georgia Educational Research Association)

Applebee – Promising Researcher Award (National Council of Teachers of English)

The Albany Consortium for Research in Instructional Design and Theory begins its spring 2014 schedule of conversations around instruction on Thursday, February 6, 12-1:30 p.m. in ED346. ACRIDAT is an opportunity for those of us interested in instruction and its relations--learning, assessment, teaching, technology, discourse, motivation, etc.,--to get together and discuss current concepts, debates, research, and practice. A volunteer or group guides our discussion with a presentation that can include many different styles: a trial-run dissertation oral defense; a practice-run for a conference presentation; brainstorming a dissertation proposal idea; a research presentation; a theoretical inquiry; or a report of a new instructional approach.

Schedule is as follows:

  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20 - no meeting
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 20 - no meeting
  • March 27
  • April 3 - no meeting
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 24
  • May 1

  • For more information, contact Bob Bangert-Drowns, 442-4988,

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