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.

New Certificate Program in Computing Education Added
The Department of Educational Theory and Practice recently gained approval from SUNY System and from the New York State Department of Education to offer a new Advanced Graduate Certificate in the areas of computing, informational technology, and computational thinking.

CDIT Program Again Ranked One of Best in U.S.
The Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology program was again ranked as one of the nation's best online programs according to US News & World Report's most recent rankings.

UAlbany School of Education Online Programs Again Ranked Among Best

US News & World Report's “2018 Best Online Education Programs” lists UAlbany’s School of Education in a tie for 8th among 309 institutions offering online master’s degree programs in education — the School’s second straight ranking in the top-10. UAlbany, the highest-ranked New York State school, tied with Penn State University and the University of Georgia


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


Zhang: National Science Foundation: Connecting Idea Threads Across Communities for Sustained Knowledge Building (Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program IIS #1441479, 2014-2018, Amount: $1,342,537)

Zhang: National Science Foundation: Fostering Collective Progress in Online Discourse for Sustained Knowledge Building (NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program, IIS #1122573; $549,459.00).

Wilcox: PI and Lead Field Researcher, Know Your Schools~for NYKids (funded by the State of New York). Amount 2005-2015: $2,225,000.

Wilcox: PI Phase 2; Co-I Phase 1, Common Core Study of Elementary and Middle Schools (funded by the State of New York). Amount $602,000 (Phase 2); Amount $326,000 (Phase 1).

Meskill/Rodgers & Oliveira, Technology-Enhanced Multimodal Instruction in Science and Math for English Language Learners: A Program of Professional Development (2011-2016). Amount $1,492,852.00. (U.S. Office of English Language Acquisition – OELA)

Rodgers: The Impact of Reflective Feedback on Teaching and Learning, funded by Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, Bronx NY, $25,000.

Yagelski: PI, College-Ready Writers Program, National Writing Project, Year 3. Total award, 2013 - 2016: $593,000

Yagelski: PI, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant, National Writing Project, 2014 - 2016. Total award: $20,000

Yagelski: Co-PI (with Professor Laura Wilder), Investigating the Impact of First-Year Composition: A Comparative Study on One Campus. CCCC Research Initiative (National Council of Teachers of English). 2014 - 2015. Total award: $9750.

Levy - A Closer View of a Catch-22: An Exploration of Adolescents’ Development of Political Engagement and Political Tolerance through an Innovative Curriculum; McCormick Foundation, $33,500 (2015-16), Spencer Foundation, $50,000 (2014-15). This is featured here:

Kumi-Yeboah: $10,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) from State University of New York (SUNY) Office of the Provost and the Innovative Instruction Research Council (IIRC) to Design Cross- Cultural Collaborative Online Learning Tool-Kit for SUNY Faculty. (2016)


Scholarship Awards

Kecskes - Distinguished Professor (State University of New York), Yunshan Chair Professor, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, Honorary Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tomsk State University, Russia, Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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)

Kumi-Yeboah - Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship (2018). This award is given annually to one scholar/practitioner based upon the following criteria: a) illustrating effort in producing scholarship which advances multicultural and multiethnic education (broadly defined), within all educational, cultural, societal and social settings, contexts, levels and locations; and b) a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities beyond scholarship with evidence of improving the practical conditions experienced by multicultural/multiethnic communities.

Career Awards

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)

Shea - University at Albany, Excellence in Education Award

Early Career Award

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

Wilcox - Literacy Research Association: Committee on Ethnicity, Race & Multilingualism

Oliveira - NARST Early Career Research Award

Community Service Awards

Wilcox - Community Engagement Award: University at Albany (in recognition of exemplary translation of research into policy and practice)

Excellence in Research

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

Learned - 2016 International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award

Learned - Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award 2015, University of Michigan School of Education

Kecskes 2012 - Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award of State University of New York

Kecskes 2011 - Excellence in Research Award of UAlbany, State University of New York

Levy - Outstanding Dissertation Award, National Council for the Social Studies (2012)

Fulbright Awards

Rodgers - Senior Scholar, South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

Teaching Awards

Yagelski - Purdue University and University at Albany

Leadership Awards

Shea - EDUCAUSE Award for Systematic Progress in Teaching & Learning

Awards for Outstanding Articles/Books/Software

Oliveira - Cultural Studies of Science Education -- distinguished paper award

Bangert-Drowns - Journal of Educational Research
Kecskes - Publishers’ Excellence

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

Langer - Albert J. Harris Award, International Reading Association

Rodgers - American Educational Research Association – Division K: Teacher Education

Zhang - Association of Educational Communication and Technology - Design and Development Division; Educational Technology Research and Development


Kecskes - Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Research Center, Italy

Kecskes - Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy

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

Shea - The Sloan Consortium (OLC)

Zhang - Guest research fellow, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University

Distinguished Service Positions

Bangert-Drowns - Dean, UAlbany School of Education

Rodgers - Senior Research Associate, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Oliveira - Associate Editor)

Poiesis Pedagogica (Oliveira - Editorial Review Board)

Brazilian Journal of Research in Science Education (Oliveira - Guest Editor)

Cultural Studies of Science Education (Oliveira - Editorial Review Board)

Journal of Science Teacher Education (Oliveira - Editorial Review Board)

Computers in Human Behavior (Bangert-Drowns)

Educational Technology Research and Development (Bangert-Drowns)

English and Beyond (Kirner-Ludwig - co-editor)

Journal of Writing Assessment (Yagelski - Editorial Board)

Literacy in Composition Studies (Yagelski - Editorial Board)

College Composition and Communication (Yagelski - Review Board)

International Journal of Multilingualism (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Intercultural Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editor)

CASLAR, Chinese as a Second Language Research (Kecskes - Editor)

Mouton Series in Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editor)

Journal of Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Pragmatics & Society (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

International Journal of Language and Culture (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Journal of East Asian Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Journal of Foreign Languages -Waiguoyu (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Journal Xiandai Waiyu (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Vestnik (Linguistika) Universitat Druzba Narodov, Moscow (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology (Book Series, Springer), (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Pragmatic Interfaces (Book Series, Equinox), (Kecskes - Editorial Board)

Online Learning Journal (Shea – Editor; Rodgers, Editorial Board)

Journal of the Learning Sciences (Zhang - Associate Editor)

International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Zhang, Editorial Board)

Journal of Research on Technology in Education (Bangert-Drowns, Editorial Board)

Journal of Writing Assessment (Yagelski, Editorial Board)

Knowledge Management and E-Learning: An International Journal (Zhang - Associate Editor)

Language Learning and Technology (Meskill)

Education and Urban Society - Advisory Board member (Wilcox)

Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Co-editor Special Edition Adolescent Writing - Wilcox)

Teaching and Teacher Education: Associate Editor, Editorial Board (Rodgers)

Well Played - Editorial Advisory Board member (Williams-Pierce)


Conference Presentations

Vincent Amodeo presented his paper, "The effect of tacit knowledge on knowledge creation in a project-based learning high school biology classroom" at the International Organization for Science Teacher Education XV International Conference in Hammamet, Tunisia, October 28-November 3, 2012.

Anna W. Nolan presented the poster, "How to Create a Code of Conduct for K-12 Educators who Teach all or part of their Classes Online at the 18th annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida on October 11, 2012.

Melody Nadeau presented the paper, "Is He Going to Teach Me?" at the Pragmatics of the Americas Conference (AMPRA) in Charlotte, NC on October 20, 2012. In this paper, Nadeau explores student's English prodiction in classes led by native or Non-native speaking instructors.

Alexandra Pickett and Bill Pelz, Professor of Psychology of Herkimer County Community College presented their project, "SUNY Blend: Supporting Student Success - an NGLC Project Report at the National University Technology Network in Kansas City, MO, on September 18, 2012. The NGLC project is designed to help at-risk college students gain the skills they need to be academically successful.

Alexandra, along with Barbara Truman of the University of Central Florida, and Clark Shah-Nelson of Johns Hopkins University presented their paper, "The Best Faculty Strategies" at the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, FL, on October 12, 2012. The researchers focus on assisting faculty with making the best technological choices for their online courses.

Denis Samburskiy presented the paper, "Providing Corrective Feedback in Asynchronous Online Interaction: Developing Novice Online Language Instructors" at the Technologies in Education Conference at St. Rose College in Albany, NY, on May 17, 2012.

Denis also presented the poster, "Mastering Figurative Language in L2 Classrooms: The Effect of Context and Visual Mnemonics on Comprehension and Retention of English Idioms" at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference in Boston on March 25, 2012.

Denis Samburskiy presented the paper, "Projection of Teacher Identity in Introductory Posts: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Strategies of Online Self-Presentation" at the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology at Union College, Schenectady, NY, on October 17, 2011. This paper will be published in an upcoming collection on sociocultural perspectives in researching online education edited by Dr. Carla Meskill.

Denis also presented the paper, "Teacher Talk: Discourse Techniques in ESL Classrooms" at the Language and Culture Conference at Tomsk State University in Russia on May 31, 2011.


Isabel Martinez-Cuenca published her co-authored article with Autumn Joy Florencio-Wain and Prof. Alandeom W. Oliveira “When holism meets democratization: Re-centering science classrooms to support students’ feelings of agency and connectedness” in Lynn Bryan and Tobin Kenneth’s Thirteen Questions in Science Education. This is a final chapter in a series of articles on questions that examine and address critical dialogues about science education following the spirit of the original Thirteen Questions: Reframing Education¹s Conversation (1994), edited by Joe Kincheloe Shirley Steinberg.

Karen Gregory's article "How undergraduates perceive their professors: A corpus analysis of Rate My Professor" was published in the spring 2012 issue of the Journal of Educational Technology. Gregory also presented this article at the 2011 Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) in Oneonta, NY.


Isabel Martínez-Cuenca, an ETAP Ph.D. student, was selected as a recipient for the Fall 2015 University at Albany Benevolent Association Research Grants for her case study of the effect of a pedagogical intervention on the longitudinal conceptual development in Earth Science of recently-arrived Spanish-speaking upper-elementary school immigrant L2 learners. A university-wide screening committee as well as the ETAP department concurred that Isabel’s project merited support. Weaving her passion for EFL/ESL teaching and TESOL teacher development, Isabel’s project seeks to find effective concept instruction methods that better support the transition of recently arrived immigrants in the upper-elementary school science classroom. Ultimately, her study may contribute to generating successful pedagogy to abridge the achievement gap in at-risk populations in receiving countries, such as the U.S.

Denis Samburskiy was awarded the Dr. Anna Maria Bonaventura Memorial Scholarship from the SUNY Albany School of Education in May 2012.

Deniz Ortactepe won the Teaching Portfolio Aware offered by the Institute of Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership (ITLAL) at the University at Albany. At the SKILL Conference organized by ITLAL on March 21, 2009, Deniz not only received her award but also was one of the panelists in the panel discussion on composing teaching portfolios.

Suzanne Hayes received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service at Empire State College where she is the Director of Library and Instructional Services in the Center for Learning and Technology.

The 2018 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting took place from April 13-17 in New York City. Many ETAP faculty and students were in attendance.

Educational Theory and Practice program application deadlines have been announced for 2018-19. Programs include the following:

MSSE (Master of Science in Secondary Education)

TESOL Certification

TESOL Online Certificate

CDIT (Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology)

Certificate in Computing Education

COLT (Certificate of Graduate Study in Online Learning and Teaching)

General Education

MS ETP (Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages)

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction)

CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study)

TESOL Non Certification

EFL Certificate (English as a Foreign Language Certificate of Graduate Studies)

Non Matriculated

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    School of Education, ED-114
    University at Albany
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    Albany, NY 12222, USA
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