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Professional Experiences and Interests
Rachel Karchmer-Klein is an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Delaware where she teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level courses in literacy and educational technology. She earned her PhD in Reading Education at Syracuse University in 1999 and began her university career at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA that same year. In 2003, Dr. Karchmer-Klein joined the faculty at the University of Delaware where her research has focused on the relationship between Internet technologies and reading and writing, with particular emphasis on the practical implications of technology use in K-12 education. Most recently, using social semiotic theory as a framework, she has conducted studies examining the multimodal nature of digital environments. Dr. Karchmer-Klein’s research has been published in literacy and educational technology journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, Research in the Schools, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Educational Computing Research, and Action in Teacher Education. Dr. Karchmer-Klein currently received two grants allowing her to examine iPad use in education. One grant examines the influence of mobile applications on fourth-graders’ literacy development. The second grant examines the implementation of mobile applications in a preservice teacher course to differentiate literacy instruction. For additional information please see Dr. Karchmer-Klein’s webpage.