ETAP Student Accomplishments

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.

Deniz Ortactepe
presented a poster titled, "Linguistic Development of International Students: A second language socialization approach" at the 30th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Conference, at Teacher's College, Columbia University, on March 7, 2009. Deniz focused on the impact of second language socialization on the linguistic development of three international students who just came to the United States.

Deniz also presented another poster titled, "How second language socialization shapes L2 learners' social and language development: A case study" at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics Conference (GURT 2009), at Georgetown University, March 13-15, 2009. Deniz's presentation was on a study that investigated an international student's trajectory of study abroad within the framework of second language socialization through journal entries, interviews and concept maps.

Pam Culbertson co-presented two professional development sessions, "Exploring Upper Elementary Math Concepts with Reading, Writing, and Technology" at the 50th Annual Hudson-Mohawk Valley Area Mathematics Conference on March 28, 2009. Pam's presentation demonstrated how children's books may be used to integrate reading and writing with mathematics concepts and skills using Microsoft Office Word and Excel activities. Participants were given these computerized lessons.

Sedef Uzuner presented her paper, "Issues of culture in distance learning: A research review" at the 5th International Conference on Multimedia and Communication Technologies in Education in Lisbon, Portugal, April 22-24, 2009. Sedef's paper reviews past research that investigated the influence of culture on students' learning and engagement in asynchronous learning networks (ALNs).

Dr. Jane Agee and two ETAP doctoral students, Ruchi Mehta and Sedef Uzuner, presented their study, "Blended Learning: A Milieu for Intellectual Work" at the 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual meeting. The study sought to understand how, and if, the integration of online discussions into classroom instruction facilitated intellectual work in a doctoral course.

Suzanne Levine presented a paper entitled, "The Use of Multiple Representations of Science Principles as Tools to Enhance Science Learning and Pedagogy" at the annual SKILL Conference at the University at Albany on March 21, 2009. Suzanne focused on the ways in which incorporating multiple representations into science teaching can promote learning and the development of pedagogical content knowledge.

EunHi Seo and Dr. Joseph Bowman presented their paper, "ICT Divide and Student Performance Among 9th Graders in South Korea: Factors and Consequences" at the 5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, in Huntsville, Alabama, January 30-February 1, 2009. EunHi and Dr. Bowman examined the ICT divide and its effect on school performance among the 9th graders in South Korea by considering the divide into two-dimensional aspects: the first-level ICT divide that was measured by access to the ICT in the home and the second-level ICT divide by usage variations among information-rich students.

EunHi Seo also presented at the TESOL and Applied Linguistics for Graduate Student Conference at East Carolina University in February 2009. Her paper, "Team Teaching Practices by a Native English Teacher and a Korean English Teacher in Korean Classrooms: Effectiveness and Implications," examined the ways in which a team of a native English teacher and a native Korean teacher collaborate with each other and to discover patterns of teaching considered effective in EFL teaching at regular public schools.

Connie Woytowich presented two papers at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2009 Annual International Conference in April. Connie's first paper is entitled, "Secondary Science Teachers' Collaborative Reflections on Sharing Best Practices." Her second paper is part of her literature review towards her doctoral thesis, "New York State Regents Examinations: Their Evolution Related to the Current Social Context of Schools".

ChinEe Loh presented her paper, "Reading the World: Reading 'Red Scarf Girl' in a Ninth Grade Class" at the American Educational Research Association Annual conference in April 2009 in San Diego. Her paper examines the kinds of classroom conversations that arose in a ninth grade class as a result of the study of Red Scarf Girl (Jiang, 1997), a memoir set during the Cultural Revolution in China.

ChinEe Loh also presented at a panel session on Literature Education at the Redesigning Pedagogy Conference in Singapore in June 2009. Her paper, titled Global and National Imaginings: International Baccalaureate English Curriculum Documents and the Construction of Student Subjectivities in the Singapore Context springs from her dissertation work. It examines how the IB English curriculum projects international imagings and individual subjectivities, specifically in the context of the curriculum practices of one IB school in Singapore.

Suzanne Levine presented a paper titled, "Data in Search of a Theory: A Dual Coding Theory Analysis of Elementary Teachers' Science Learning" at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual meeting in Garden Grove, CA, April 19, 2009. This research study culminates in the synthesis of Dual Coding Theory model of teacher pedagogical content knowledge in science.


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.   

Melody Hallenbeck Nadeau's article "Advice-giving in the English Lingua Franca Classroom" was published in the 2009 Stellenbosch (South Africa) Papers in Linguistics Journal. The article is about classroom interaction in adult ESL classes taught by NNESTs (Non-native English Speaking Teachers) thus, ELF classrooms, specifically looking at advice-giving forms and empathy between all participants in the classroom community.

Sedef Uzuner's paper, "Multilingual scholars' participation in core-global academic communities: A literature review" is published in the October 2008 issue of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. The paper presents a review of 39 empirical studies that investigated multilingual scholars' participation in core/global academic communities through article and research publication.

Virginia Yonkers has published her book chapter "Replicating Business Education Programs in Emerging Countries" in I. Alon and J. McIntyre (Eds) Business Education and Emerging Market Economies: Perspectives and Best Practices. Kluwer, 2004. Kluwer, 2004.

Sedef Uzuner’s
paper “Educationally Valuable Talk: A New Concept for Determining the Quality of Online Conversations” is published in the Winter 2007 issue of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. In this paper, based on the tenets of constructivist learning as well as the notion of “exploratory talk”, Sedef discusses two distinct types of talk: educationally valuable talk (EVT) and educationally less valuable talk (ELVT). The full text is available at

Eric Gidseg, a recent doctoral graduate in our Department, along with Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Marta K. Albert, Ingrid Bircann-Barkey and Terry Murray have co-authored an article entitled "Teaching Boys: A Relational Puzzle" that appeared in the February 2008 issue of the Teachers College Record.

Catherine Snyder published her article "Sharpening Citizenship Skills through Electronic Discussion" in the April 2008 issue of the Social Education magazine. Catherine is also a clinical assistant professor and associate dean of the School of Education at Union Graduate College, Schenectady, NY, and a National Board Certified teacher with 10 years of public school teaching experience. Her areas of research interest are civic education, the National Board for Professional Teaching, and pre-service teacher education. She can be reached at

Jennifer Rosenthal's annotated bibliography is added to PEEC (Placed-based Education Evaluation Collaborative website. Jen's bibliography is available at


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.

Stephen R. Klingaman, ETAP Ph.D. student, has been awarded the First Annual Writing Across the Curriculum Award at SUNY Morrisville State College for his innovative deployment of poetry writing assignments to teach technical concepts related to Internet routing protocols.

Kristen Wilcox, received Distinguished Dissertation Award.