Stephanie Flores-Koulish, PhD
Dr. Stephanie Flores-Koulish has been involved with media literacy since the mid-1990s while studying for her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at Boston College, where she focused her dissertation work on the topic as it related to preservice teachers. While there, she also participated in the Felton Media Literacy Scholars program with Dr. Renee Hobbs. Since then, while at Loyola, she has piloted & taught a media literacy course for graduate students who are practicing teachers and has conducted action research on and with her students. She also has research and teaching interests and publications on the topics of identity and transracial/cultural adoptees, education policy, urban education, and critical multicultural education. Her research provides her with many opportunities to practice engaged scholarship in and around Baltimore City. Flores-Koulish is also an alumna and mentor of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) out of Phillips Academy.
Kimberly Moffitt, PhD
Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt (Howard University) is Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her teaching interests include culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, Disney representations, sports and media, and popular culture. She has published five co-edited volumes and has also published her work in academic journals and several edited volumes. She is the immediate past president of the University Faculty Senate. Dr. Moffitt’s research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body. Her current research projects continue to explore the black body such as her work exploring white femininity in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and the representations of Black children on Disney television programming. She is also continuing her work on Black hair/body politics in a few focus group projects on colorism, including her co-collaborative project #blackhairsyllabus (www.blackhairsyllabus.com). Dr. Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio programs/podcasts.
Conference Associate Chair
Bill Selak is the Director of Technology at Hillbrook School, an Apple Distinguished School in Los Gatos, California, where he facilitated the creation and implementation of strategic and tactical technology plans, oversees the day-to-day operation of IT systems, and works with faculty and staff to effectively integrate technology into lesson plans. In addition to his work at Hillbrook, Bill is also an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University Irvine teaching in the Master of Arts in Education Educational Technology program. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE Kay L. Bitter Vision Award recipient, ISTE 2013 Emerging Leader, and a Google Certified Innovator, and regularly presents at both local and international conferences. Bill is currently obsessed with sharing his professional learning on his own podcast, Bill Selak Talks, and his school’s podcast, the Hillbrook Center for Teaching Excellence Podcast.