Joshua Rosenberg, doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, has served as a chair for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) for the past three years. The activities of this group – Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) – focus on research, development, and outreach related to preparing teachers to teach with technology.
In his role as chair, Rosenberg promotes TPACK research, while focusing on the work of international scholars and graduate students. At the 2014, 2015, and 2016 SITE conferences, he helped organize symposium sessions designed to recognize ambitious, but under-recognized, work to the wider, and not only TPACK community. Along with his co-chair, Rosenberg also created an annual award for best practices presentations in the name of a TPACK scholar whose research had an impact on practicing teachers.
Building upon his experience in the TPACK SIG, in 2015, Rosenberg helped coordinate a symposium on the relations between TPACK and context for the American Educational Research Association, and to work to build bridges between educational technology and educational psychology researchers. He is also serving a three-year term, as one of two graduate student members, on the American Psychological Association Membership Committee, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
“Leadership activities put graduate students in a position to understand how professional organizations and societies work and to begin to work toward forging an identity in our field,” Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg plans to use the $2,000 COGS Leadership Endowment Fellowship award to attend the 2017 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference and the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference.
He was invited to serve on the program committee for the conference which presents an opportunity for him to extend his leadership skill development from within educational technology to an organization at the intersection of educational technology and educational psychology – areas in which he has contributed to in the past and hope to serve in leadership positions in the future.
“I am grateful to be recognized alongside other graduate students from across campus, as well as from the College of Education at MSU,” Rosenberg said. “Receiving this award, especially when I learn about all of the work others receiving the award have done, is humbling and an honor to me.”