Hutchison, Amy Carter
Phone: (703) 993-2166
Fax: (703) 993-5300
George Mason University
Thompson Hall 1506
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Email: email@example.com, Twitter:@HutchisonAmy
Dr. Hutchison is an associate professor in the Division of Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education at George Mason University. Her scholarship centers around three primary areas of inquiry: (1) Understanding how digital technology can be used equitably and to support diverse learners; (2) Understanding and Supporting the Development of STEM literacy among underrepresented students; and (3) Understanding how digital technology can support the development of literacy skills and how to support and prepare preservice and inservice teachers to effectively integrate digital technology into literacy and language arts instruction. Focused on these areas of interest, she conducts research across the PK-20 spectrum, across disciplines, in formal and informal learning environments, and with pre-service and practicing teachers using a variety of inquiry tools and methodologies. In her work, she has constructed and examined innovative instructional approaches and practices that are facilitated by the integration of digital technology, which most recently include the use of coding apps and augmented reality for literacy instruction. Insights from her work in the field, and research from the field more broadly, are brought together in her recently published book entitled Bridging Technology and Literacy: Developing Digital Reading and Writing Practices in Grades K-6 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), in which she and her coauthor explore the complexities of digital literacies and invite teachers and schools to reconsider the role of digital technology in today’s literacy instruction and how literacy education is undertaken in schools. Through her work, Dr. Hutchison encourages teachers to examine their instructional practice, to understand the ways that digital technology transforms what it means to be literate, to understand the importance of providing equitable access to high-quality instruction with digital technology, and to understand the interconnected nature of reading, writing and digital technology.
For her collective work in the field, Dr. Hutchison was recently awarded the 2014 Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association, the 2014 Early Career Scholar Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology As An Agent of Change Special Interest Group, and the 2014 Early Career Achievement in Research Award at Iowa State University. She also received the 2012 Thomas N. Urban Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to Iowa education and was awarded the distinction of Fellow with the Center for Educational Transformation from 2014-2016.
Dr. Hutchison is the developer and director of The Technology Integration Project, a program designed to support teachers in designing effective and innovative instruction with digital tools: http://tipcycle.wixsite.com/tech-integration
Fall 2015 PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementing the Technology Integration Planning Cycle.
Fall 2014 PI, Grant from Iowa Reading Research Center Iowa. Intensive Summer Reading Programs Landscape Assessment.
Fall 2014 PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementation and Evaluation of the Technology Integration Planning Cycle for Literacy and Language Arts.
Spring 2014 Co-PI, Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Epistemic Beliefs and Reading Strategies When Competent High School Readers Select and Learn from Internet Sources.
Fall 2013 Co-PI, Educational Testing Services Grant, Tablet Technology and English Language Assessments for Young Learners: First Steps on an ECD Path.
Spring 2013 PI, Iowa Reading Research Center, Needs Assessment: The State of PK-3 Literacy in Iowa.
Spring 2013 Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Improving Teachers Implementation of Movement into the Classroom Through Social Networking Tools.
Fall 2010 PI, Untenured Faculty Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Identifying the Affordances and Constraints of using iPads with Elementary Students for Reading and Responding to Text.
Spring 2010 Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Advancing Knowledge on the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies for Learning in K-12 Settings.
Spring 2010 PI, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant. Developing Leading STEM Elementary Educators Through a Coherent and Interdisciplinary Elementary Education Program.