Heather Lotherington

Professor, Multilingual Education and Associate Dean, Research, York University, Canada

Teaching positions:
1/99 - present: Faculty of Education, York University: Associate Professor - Professor - Associate Dean
1/96-12/98 Lecturer and Executive Director, Language and Society Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
9/89-12/95 Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Visiting positions:
2017 Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow held as University Associate, Curtin University, Australia
2016-2017 Massey-York Scholar, Toronto
2014 Visiting Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2014; 2013; 2009 Visiting research fellow, King's College, London
2011 Visiting Professor, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

Awards:
2018-2019 Dean’s Research Impact Award
2016-2017 York University Research Leader
2012 People for Education’s inaugural Researcher of the Month
2010 Toronto District School Board Award for program/project excellence to the York University–Joyce Public School partnership
2006 Semifinalist (top 30) in Ontario’s Best Lecturer Competition, TVOntario

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Associate dean, Research
  • 2008–present
    Professor, Multilingual Education
  • 1999–2008
    Associate professor, Multilingual Education
  • 1996–1998
    Executive Director, Language and Society Centre
  • 1996–1998
    Lecturer, Linguistics
  • 1992–1995
    Senior lecturer, Education
  • 1989–1992
    Lecturer, Education

Education

  • 1989 
    OISE/ University of Toronto, PhD: Applied Linguistics in Education
  • 1983 
    University of Lancaster, MA: Linguistics for English Language Learning
  • 1977 
    Carleton University, Cert. TESL
  • 1973 
    University of New Brunswick, BA: English, Spanish

Publications

  • 2019
    A multimodal analysis of a children's plurilingual talking book: Understanding Imagine a world, Text & Talk
  • 2018
    Mobile language learning: The medium is ^not the message., L2 Journal
  • 2017
    Teaching young learners in a superdiverse world: Multimodal perspectives and approaches. , Routledge
  • 2017
    Post-modernizing school learning: An evolving playbook to re-read/write language and literacy education for civic engagement., Language and literacy
  • 2013
    Creating third spaces in the linguistically heterogeneous classroom for the advancement of plurilingualism. , TESOL Quarterly
  • 2011
    Pedagogy of multiliteracies: Rewriting Goldilocks, Routledge
  • 2011
    Teaching multimodal and digital literacy in L2 settings: New literacies, new basics, new pedagogies., Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
  • 2009
    Glocalization, representation and literacy education, e-Learning and Digital Media
  • 2009
    Multilingualism in cyberspace: Conceptualizing the virtual linguistic landscape, International Journal of Multilingualism
  • 2008
    Project-based community language learning: Three narratives of multilingual storytelling in early childhood education. , Canadian Modern Language Review
  • 2008
    Successful Kids from Immigrant Families: An Investigation of the Complex Multilingual Worlds of 10-year-old Gifted Writers in Suburban Toronto, International Journal of Multilingualism
  • 2006
    Rewriting Goldilocks in the urban, multicultural elementary school, The Reading Teacher
  • 2004
    What four skills? Redefining language and literacy skills in the digital era., TESL Canada Journal
  • 2004
    How to chat in English and Chinese: Emerging digital language conventions., ReCALL
  • 2003
    Emergent metaliteracies: What the Xbox has to offer the EQAO, Linguistics and Education
  • 2002
    Canada: Factors contributing to teachers’ successful implementation of information technology. , Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  • 2001
    A tale of four teachers: A study of an Australian late-entry content-based program in two Asian languages. , International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • 2000
    What’s bilingual education all about? A guide to language learning in today’s schools, Language Australia
  • 1998
    Trends and tensions in post-colonial language education in the South Pacific., International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • 1996
    A consideration of the portability and supportability of immersion education: A critical look at English immersion in Melanesia, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Production pedagogies for language learning in mobile digital environments
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2018
    Effects of mobile digital access on language forms and functions
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    SSHRC
  • 2014
    Lifelogging new communication practices: A pilot project
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2013
    Posthuman Literacies: Exploring the Cognitive, Cultural and Social Upload and Download of Reading and Writing the Digital World
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    SSHRC
  • 2011
    How does Twitter create community? Mapping discourse in a research community through Tweets
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2008
    Researching new literacies in the multicultural classroom: Developing a ludic approach to linguistic challenges in elementary education
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2007
    Revising the EQAO: An exploration of contemporary teenagers’ digital literacies
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2006
    A Study of Classroom Use of Educational Games and Simulations for Literacy Skills Development
    Role:
    Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Council on Learning
  • 2005
    Evaluation of the Learning Connections online professional development community for literacy and numeracy
    Role:
    Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Ministry of Education, Ontario
  • 2005
    Emergent multiliteracies in theory and practice: Multicultural literacy development at elementary school.
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2003
    Rewriting Goldilocks: Emergent transliteracies
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2002
    Observing multiliteracies in action
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2000
    Factors that contribute to innovative teaching with technology
    Role:
    Collaborator
    Funding Source:
    Telelearning, OECD
  • 1998
    Raising Children Bilingually
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    :anguage Australia
  • 1998
    Literacy development in secondary immersion students
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Language Australia
  • 1997
    Biliteracy at home and at school
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    Language Australia
  • 1996
    Use of electronic media for maintenance of LOTES
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia

Professional Memberships

  • Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
  • American Educational Research Association
  • The Canadian Society for the Study of Education
  • Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada
  • Literacy Research Association
  • International Association for the Development of the Information Society