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Jenny Conner-Zachocki, Ph.D.

Interim Division Head, Education
Associate Professor, Language Education
Division of Education
CC Room 155C

PHONE: 812.348.7278
FAX: 812.348.7338

Biographical Statement

Jennifer M. Conner-Zachocki is an assistant professor of language education in the Division of Education at IUPUC. She teaches language-related courses for pre-service teachers, including those that emphasize at their curricular core issues of critical literacy, sociolinguistics, and digital literacies. Her current research is situated in New Literacies Studies and the impact of digital writing and social networking tools on the understandings and identities of pre-service and in-service teachers and their students. A second strand of research considers the potential of action research (teacher research) for supporting pre-service teachers’ understandings of literacy as a complex social practice, and of literacy instruction as apprenticing students into the discourses and social practices of literate communities.


  • Ph.D., Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1999)
  • M.A.T., Spanish, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1992)
  • State of Indiana Teacher Certification (1992)
  • B.A., Spanish, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1989)

Professional Activities

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Language Education, Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (2003-2008)
  • Assessment Coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences, Anderson University, Anderson, IN (2001-2001)
  • Coordinator of Educational Assessment, Research, and Development, Center for Innovation in Assessment at Indiana University, Bloomington (1994-2001)
  • Associate Instructor of Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington (1995-1999)
  • High School Spanish Teacher, Noblesville High School, Noblesville, IN (1992-1993)
  • Associate Instructor of Spanish, Indiana University, Bloomington (1989-1993)

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-E 340: Methods of Teaching Reading I
  • EDUC-E 341: Methods of Teaching Reading II
  • EDUC-X 470: Psycholinguistics for Teachers of Reading
  • EDUC-X 425: Practicum in Reading (Student Teaching)
  • General Elementary Education Student Teaching Supervision

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Faculty Senator (2010-present)
  • Faculty Affairs Committee Member (2010-present)
  • Coordinator of the Division of Education Reading Program (2010-present)
  • Faculty Mentor of Student Research (Office of Student Research Recipients) (2011 and 2012)
  • Student Teaching Coordinator (2009-2010)

Research Activities

  • New literacies

Awards & Activities

  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award (2013)


Edited Journal

  • Conner-Zachocki, J. M. & Gee, J. P. (Eds.) (For Spring, 2015 Publication). Digital media and learning. Theory into Practice.

Selected Publications

  • Hines, M. B., Conner-Zachocki, J. M., & Rupert, R. (In Press for 2013 publication).’The more I write…the more my mind evolves into something outstanding’: Composing identities with digital media. In R Furtig & K Pytash (Eds.), Exploring technology in writing and writing instruction. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Conner-Zachocki, J. M., & Dias, D. (In Press for 2013 publication). Colliding theories and power differentials: A cautionary tale of conducting action research while student teaching. Networks.
  • Conner-Zachocki, J. M., & Magee, P. (2011). Exploring the complexities and challenges of one school/business partnership reform initiative in the middle grades. Journal of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 16(1), 4-15.
  • McWilliams, J., Hickey, D. T., Hines, M. B., Conner, J. M., & Bishop, S. C. (2011). Using collaborative writing tools for literary analysis: Twitter, fan fiction and The Crucible in the secondary language arts classroom, Journal of Media Literacy Education, 2(2), 238-245.
  • Conner, J. M. & Farr, R. (2009). Purposeful Reading at the Middle Level. Principal, 88(4), 56-57.
  • Hines, M., Conner, J., Campano, G., Damico, J., Enoch, M., & Nam, D. (2007). National Mandates and Statewide Enactments: Inquiry in/to Large-Scale Reform. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 6(3), 76-91.

Civic Engagement

  • Continuous Improvement Committee, CSA Lincoln, Columbus, IN (2011-present)
  • Partner in Education Instructor, Columbus, IN (2010-2011)
  • PL221 Committees, Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, IN (2005-2008)