Dr. Theresa Redmond
Associate professor of media studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Outstanding Volunteer Award
National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
“ … we may either submit to the appeals of technology and misinformation that work to break us down and apart, or activate empowering, critical pedagogies — like media literacy — so as to prepare ourselves and young people to be critical thinkers and agents of creativity, empathy and change”
Dr. Theresa Redmond, associate professor of media studies
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Theresa Redmond, associate professor of media studies in Appalachian State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, housed in the Reich College of Education (RCOE), has received the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). She was recognized with the award at the 2019 NAMLE National Conference held June 26–28 in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes a non-board member volunteering a substantial amount of time in service of a specific NAMLE project or initiative.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Redmond said. “Media literacy is more important now than ever before.”
She continued, “As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we may either submit to the appeals of technology and misinformation that work to break us down and apart, or activate empowering, critical pedagogies — like media literacy — so as to prepare ourselves and young people to be critical thinkers and agents of creativity, empathy and change.”
NAMLE is a professional organization for media literacy education in the United States. The organization confers awards at its National Conference, held biennially in various cities throughout the nation. These awards include recognition for research, teaching and volunteering, as well as the Elizabeth Thoman Service Award.
Over the past eight years, Redmond has served NAMLE as a board member, chairperson of the organization’s Membership Committee, Leadership Council member and associate editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education. She was also involved in development, outreach and authorship for NAMLE’s “SNAPSHOT 2019: The State of Media Literacy Education in the U.S.”
Redmond specializes in media literacy education, instructional technology and multimedia production, and teaches a range of face-to-face and online courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs within media studies and teacher education.
Her research focuses on pedagogy in teaching and learning with, through and about media and technology, and on how media and communication technologies impact the nature of literacy, expression and engagement in today’s digital world.
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About the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The department seeks to provide quality programs that emphasize the integration of academics and field experiences. Learn more at https://ci.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.