Biographical Statement

Jenny Conner-Zachocki is an associate 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

  • Associate Professor of Language Education, IUPUC (2016 to present)
  • Assistant Professor of Language Education, IUPUC (2010 to 2016)
  • Visiting Professor of Language Education, IUPUC (2009 to 2010)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Language Education, Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (2003-2009)

Courses Taught

Selected Courses:

  • EDUC-E 340: Methods of Teaching Reading I
  • EDUC-E 341: Methods of Teaching Reading II
  • M403: Teachnology in the Classroom
  • E449: Trade Books in the Classroom
  • X470: Psycholinguistics for Teachers of Reading
  • L517: Advanced Study in Content Area Reading
  • L545: Advanced Study: Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools

Research Activities

  • New literacies
  • Digial literacies
  • Social justice in the classroom

Awards & Activities

  • Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Member (2014 to Present)
  • IUPUC's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)
  • Indiana University's Trustee's Teaching Award (2014)
  • IUPUC's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013)


Selected Publications:

  • Conner-Zachocki, J. (2015). Using the digital transmedia magazine project to support students with 21st century literacies, Theory into Practice, 4(3), 86-93.
  • Hines, M. B. & Conner-Zachocki, J.M.  (2015). Using practitioner inquiry within and against large-scale educational reform, Journal of Teacher Development, 19(3), 344-364.
  • Conner-Zachocki, J., Husbye, N. & Gee, J. P. (2015). This issue. Theory into Practice, 4(2), 83-85.
  • Hines, M. B., Conner-Zachocki, J. M., & Rupert, R. (2014).’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. (2013). Colliding theories and power differentials: A cautionary tale of conducting action research while student teaching. Networks, 15(1), 1-9.