Amber L. Rowland, Ph.D.

Research Centers - Center for Research on Learning, Life Span Institute
Assistant Research Professor
Co-Director of the ALTEC
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 748
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Amber Rowland, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor with the Center for Research on Learning and Co-Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC) Division. She specializes in collaborative, practical and engaging adult professional learning with an emphasis on current instructional practice and the powerful integration of technology. She is particularly interested in supporting professional learning at a distance and is constantly pursuing methods for tapping into the collective capacity of educators and students. She serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on the Office of Special Education and Policy (OSEP)-funded, Stepping Up grant, called VOISS, which is building a virtual reality environment to teach students social competency skills and the teacher progress monitoring and professional learning needed to implement and generalize learned skills to the physical classroom. In addition, she is a Co-Investigator on the IES-funded grant called Personal Selves + Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction project, as well as Co-Director of the Literacy Network of Kansas, Virtual Coaching program.

Her experiences range from Kindergarten to the college classroom where she has taught at multiple levels, both face-to-face and online. She has served as a technology integration specialist, project manager for the Technology Rich Classroom, Title IID initiative in Kansas, an instructor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, and the director of multiple federal, state, and local initiatives.

Dr. Rowland travels to local, state and national venues and conferences working with teachers on digital-age instruction and the general integration of technology to support all learners, especially those who struggle. In 2008, Amber was recognized as one of the 20 emerging leaders in education technology by the National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” initiative and in 2016, she was recognized as a Kansas University, Woman of Distinction.

Teaching Interests

  • Technology integration
  • Inclusion
  • Supporting All Students
  • Professional Learning
  • Conversation as Professional Learning
  • Education
  • Collaboration

Research Interests

  • Technology Integration
  • Inclusion
  • Supporting All Students
  • Professional Learning
  • Conversation as Professional Learning
  • Education
  • Collaboration

Selected Publications

Smith, S. J., & Rowland, A. L. (2016). Improving Technology Applications Through Writing Instruction: Multi-tasking at its best. [Journal Articles]. Closing the Gap, 35(4), 9–14.
Greer, D. L., Rowland, A., & Smith, S. J. (2014). Critical considerations for teaching students with disabilities in online environments. [Journal Articles]. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46, 79–91.
Rowland, A. (2012). Exploring how conversations meet teacher learning needs [Other].
Ault, M., Adams, D., Rowland, A., & Tiemann, G. (2010). Targeted educational games: fun and so much more! [Other].
Rowland, A., & Stanley, M. (2008). Transforming the Classroom: TRC in Kansas [Journal Articles]. T.H.E. Journal, 35(7), 12.

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Selected Awards & Honors

University of Kansas, Woman of Distinction, 2016-2017

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 2012
  • MS, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 2003
  • BSE, Elementary Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 2001

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