Dr. Linda Laidlaw, University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Diane Collier is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. She conducts research in the areas of multimodalities and literacies with a special interest in connections across home and school. Using qualitative and interdisciplinary methodologies, her work focuses on the processes of making and literacies, how children use everyday resources (particularly, popular culture), and what can be learned from children about their consumption and production of multimodal, cultural, and digital texts. Diane is interested in ethical considerations of how children and youth participate in research and how power circulates in research relationships.
Dr. Michelle Honeyford, is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests focus on language and literacy as relational and dynamic, and thus, on the possibilities that are created by texts of all kinds (e.g., spoken, written, visual, multimodal, embodied, artefactual, place-based) in specific moments as well as over time and across contexts. Dr. Honeyford is Co-Director of the Manitoba Writing Project, a professional network for educators interested in writing and social justice. She also leads the Faculty's CanU program, an afterschool program that engages teacher candidates in learning about teaching by creating innovative, interest-driven learning spaces for diverse middle and high school students. Dr. Honeyford has taught English Language Arts, grades 7-12, in both the U.S. and Canada. Her research has been published in the Journal of Literacy Research; Pedagogies: An International Journal; Literacy; Language & Literacy; Language Arts;Voices from the Middle; and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
Dr. Lydia Menna, University of Alberta
Dr. Robert LeBlanc is Assistant Professor of ELA/Literacy at the University of Lethbridge and a member of the directorate for the Institute of Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS). He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the AERA Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Catholic Education SIG. Conducting research at the intersections of New Literacy Studies and interactional sociolinguistics, his interests include classroom talk, intertextual relationships, and discourse in spaces of diversity. Dr. LeBlanc’s work has appeared in journals such asLanguage & Communication, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Language Arts, Linguistics and Education, English Journal, Ethnography and Education, Journal of Catholic Education, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Classroom Discourse, and Written Communication.
Dr. Rahat Zaidi is Associate Professor and Chair of Language and Literacy at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She holds an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD in the didactics of languages and cultures from the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. She has taught in various international and national settings that include the Institut National des Languages et des Civilizations Orientales, Paris, France, the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Kassel University, Kassel, Germany, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Zaidi is author and co-editor of a number of books and articles including Anti-islamophobic Curriculums, Literacy Lives in Transcultural Times, Thinking About and Enacting Curriculum in Frames of War and Framing Peace: Thinking About and Enacting Curriculum as Radical Hope. She has experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse immigrant families and has developed a corpus of work showcasing collective knowledge mobilization in order to create sustainable models of language awareness and multilingual pedagogies in Education—Literacy and Language Development and Socialization in twenty-first-century classrooms.
Dr. Zheng Zhang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org). Her research interests include curriculum studies of transnational education, literacy and biliteracy curriculum, internationalization of curriculum, multimodal literacy, cross-border teacher education undergirded by new media literacies, and multiliteracies pedagogy in culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. These primary research areas have addressed pertinent educational challenges in the era of changes with increasing cultural and linguistic diversity, rapid global connectivity, and fast-paced technological changes.
Jacqueline Filipek, Editorial Assistant, Language and Literacy University of Alberta, Canada
Yina Liu, Editorial Assistant, Language and Literacy University of Alberta, Canada