New faces: Faculty of Education welcomes new lecturer

The Faculty of Education welcomes one new faculty member to its team, with Kurt Thumlert joining as assistant lecturer.

“We are thrilled to have Professor Kurt Thumlert join our Faculty,” said Faculty of Education Dean Ron Owston. “Kurt has an outstanding background in teaching and research that will continue to enhance our reputation as one of the leading Faculties of education in Canada.”

Kurt Thumlert
Kurt Thumlert

Kurt Thumlert – Bringing experience working with teacher candidates in Washington state and instructing at a teachers college in Central Europe, Thumlert joins York’s Faculty of Education as an assistant lecturer in learning with technology. His educational research and teaching interests include new media and technology studies, the arts and informal/DIY cultural production, with a focus on the media affordances and socioculture learning environment in which people might do the unexpected.

Thumlert’s work examines the possibilities of digital media, game-based learning, and simulation and role play for inviting sustained and meaningful engagements with and in multiliteracy-learning challenges. His courses invite students to critically co-explore the sociotechnical resources and participative opportunities of emerging media ecologies, as well as related production-based learning environments (production pedagogies).