Jen Scott Curwood is a senior lecturer in English education and media studies at the University of Sydney, where she is a member of the Academic Board, chair of the Humanities Ethics Committee, and on the management team of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. Within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, she is the Study Abroad Coordinator as well as the English Curriculum Coordinator for the Secondary Combined Degree. She received the 2016 Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Australian Teacher Education Association and Teachers Mutual Bank, and the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Jen’s research focuses on literacy, technology, and teacher professional development. In 2015, she spent a semester as a visiting scholar in the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction lab at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Education, E-Learning and Digital Media, and Learning, Media, and Technology. She has published a co-authored book, Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces.
Jen completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. Her major area of emphasis was Literacy Studies, with minors in Composition and Rhetoric and Educational Psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jen was a public school teacher. She taught middle school and high school English, and she is accredited as a K-12 reading specialist. Since coming to Australia, Jen has established a partnership with the Compass Program, within the University of Sydney’s Social Inclusion Unit, and provides literacy workshops for high school students in western and southwestern Sydney as well as rural areas of New South Wales.
She lives in Sydney, Australia. When she’s not in the classroom, you’ll probably find her running, traveling, or curling up with a good book.