Amber L. Rowland, PhD

Amber Rowland
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Co-Director of the ALTEC

Contact Info

Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 748
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Rowland 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. 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.


Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Kansas, 2012
M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Kansas, 2003
B.S.E. in Elementary Education, The University of Kansas, 2001


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 Gap35(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 Children46, 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. Journal35(7), 12.

Awards & Honors

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.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

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.