Professor Heather Lotherington awarded prestigious ACU Titular Fellowship

York University Faculty of Education Professor Heather Lotherington has been awarded a 2016 Gordon & Jean Southam Fellowship to participate in a research visit to Curtin University in Australia.

Heather Lotherington
Heather Lotherington

The award is one of the many prestigious Titular Fellowships that the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) provides to academics from various disciplines to visit prominent institutions across the Commonwealth between October 2016 and September 2017.

Lotherington’s research focuses on language, literacy and technology in super-diverse social contexts. In particular, she is interested in how emerging digitally mediated multimodal forms of communication are changing educational practice in mobile contexts.

During her visit to the School of Education at Curtin University, Lotherington will work with Associate Professor Kay O’Halloran. Her pilot study of mobile applications for English language learners will explore the use of new and emerging technologies for language learning in culturally diverse educational contexts, and the relationship between technological and pedagogical design within emergent mobile applications.

Lotherington’s collaboration with O’Halloran will focus on multimodal theory and analysis for the pilot project, resulting in a book chapter and data to explore multimodal theories.

“We are thrilled to see this international recognition of Heather’s research through this support and wish her all the best for the fellowship,” said Lyndon Martin, dean of the Faculty of Education.

ACU Titular Fellowships, funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Development Fellowships Fund, aim to enable the universities of the Commonwealth to develop the human resources of their institutions and countries through the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies.

Titular Fellowships are open to the academic and professional staff, or the nominees, of ACU member universities.