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Name: Karen McComas
Title: Interim Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning | Professor, Communication Disorders
Office: Old Main 109
Phone: 304-696-2983
Email: mccomas@marshall.edu
Expert: faculty development, curriculum development, research methodology, educational research, speech pathology, audiology, undergraduate education, graduate education
 
Achievements

Research Based:
 
Presentations (Invited):
McComas, K. L., & Spatig, L. (2009, October). Mock portfolio presentation. Recreation of residency portfolio presentation and defense at the Fall 2009 Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminar in South Charleston, WV.

McComas, K. L. (2009, September). Interviewing strategies in qualitative research. Presentation to students of Dr. Linda Spatig enrolled in EDF 625, Qualitative Research (Marshall University, Huntington, WV).

McComas, K. L. (2009, March). Qualitative research. Presentation to students of Dr. Lisa (Thomas) Fry’s CD 601 (Introduction to Graduate Studies) class (Marshall University, Huntington, WV).

Spatig, L., McComas, K. L., & Wasinger, T. (2008, March). Qualitative research. Presentation at the Spring 2008 Doctoral Student/Faculty Seminar in South Charleston, WV.

McComas, K. L., Gooding, A., Mitchell, K., & Goodman, A. (2008, August). Responding to scholarly writing in faculty writing groups. Presentation at the annual orientation meeting for the Faculty Writing Groups at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

McComas, K. L., Bellino, J., & Cantrill, C. (2008, November). Reading the research: Media education and literacy in the 21st century. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in San Antonio, TX.

McComas, K. L. (2007, June). Writing workshop in a college classroom. Presentation at the Marshall University Writing Project 2007 Summer Institute in Huntington, WV.

McComas, K. L. (2007, November). Reading the research: Technology and composition. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in New York, NY.

McComas, K. L., Campbell, P., & Boardman, D. (2006, November). Stories about digital storytelling. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.

McComas, K. L., Berry, A., & Parsons, P. (2006, November). Being and becoming technology liaisons: An orientation to the annual meeting. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Nashville, TN.

Hirtle, J., Isbell, W., Kaminski, R., McComas, K. L., O’Donnell-Allen, C., Patterson, L., Quintans, S. J., & Wickstrom, C. (2005, November). An exploration of capacity building and the role of technology at new sites. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Pittsburgh, PA.

McComas, K. L., & Oh, P. (2005, November). TL leadership and technology general session. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Pittsburgh, PA.

McComas, K. L., Hicks, T., & Kittle, P. (2005, November). Being and becoming Technology Liaisons: An orientation to the role and the day for first-timers. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Pittsburgh, PA.

McComas, K. L., LaBrake, L., & Rothfork, J. (2003, November). Supporting young writer's camps online: Part II. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in San Francisco, CA.

McComas, K. L., Delaney, P., Delgado, A., & Rogge, M. (2002, November). Exploring how manila weblog technology supports the sharing of practice for teachers and site. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Atlanta, GA.

McComas, K. L., McElroy, A., Ray, I., & Baisden, L. (2002, November). Supporting young writer's camps online: Part I. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Atlanta, GA.

McComas, K. L., & Devlin, R. (2001, July). Sustainability and support of teacher research communities: Local, national, and on-line. Presentation for the Building the Scholarship of Teaching: Teachers Creating Knowledge for Policy and Practice Conference hosted by the Carnegie Foundation, the Coalition for Essential Schools, and the National Writing Project in Oakland, CA.

McComas, K. L., & Keenan, C. (2000, November). Technology in a national context: Co-designing our national network. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Milwaukee, WI.

McComas, K. L. (2000, November). ABC-It’s elementary: How to get started in teacher research. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in Milwaukee, WI.

Arnold, D., Brown, S. Devlin, R., McComas, K. L., Prickett, D., & Teteishi, C. (2000, November). Teacher inquiry. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

McComas, K. L. (2000, September). MOOving learning online. Paper presented for the Center for Computational Sciences 2000 Fall Seminar Series, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

McComas, K. L. (July 2000). MOOving learning online. Paper presented at the ASHA SID #11
 
 
Presentations: First Author - Refereed:
McComas, K. L., Frank, S., Miller, B., Gardner, G., & Fraley, N. (2010, November). Student and faculty experiences in a community of research practice. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia, PA.

McComas, K. L. (2010, February). Becoming researchers: Interrogating the narratives of women. Presentation at annual meeting of the Kentucky Speech and Hearing Association in Lexington, KY.

McComas, K. L., Thomas, L., Frank, S., McNealy, K., Reynolds, M., & Miller, B. (2009, November). Community of research practice: A story of cultural change. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in New Orleans, LA.

McComas, K. L. (2009, June). Becoming a researcher: A story of self, imaginary, and agency. Paper presented at qualifying examinations for the doctoral degree in S. Charleston, WV.

McComas, K. L., Spatig, L., Flaherty, P., Wasinger, T., Coombs, W., & Swedberg, A. (2008, March). Ethnographic research: Locating identity in cultural borders. Presentation at the annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, Huntington, WV.

McComas, K. L., & Childress, R. (2008, October). A proposed model for policy development in higher education: Strengthening the role of research. Paper presented at the meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Charleston, WV.

McComas, K. L. (2004, May). Ten years out: Are teaching portfolios worth it? Presentation for the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in St. Louis, MO.

McComas, K. L. (2004, April). Technology matters. Presentation at the annual spring meeting of the National Writing Project in Washington, DC.

McComas, K. L. (2003, November). Supporting young writer's camps online. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project in San Francisco, CA.

McComas, K. L., & Lloyd, C. (2001, May). Shaping change with teacher portfolios. Presentation for the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Bloomington, IN.

McComas, K. L. (April 2000). Developing and sustaining online communities for teachers. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference, online.

McComas, K. L. (March 2000). Sustaining teacher inquiry: Constructing meaning and community. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Presentations: Refereed:
Banks, C., Gardner, G., Fraley, N., & McComas, K. L. (2010, November). Variations in experiences in a research community of practice. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia, PA.

Clemins, S., & McComas, K. L. (2010, April). Parents perceptions of their roles in reading development. Technical session presentation at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association in Charleston, WV.

Rollins, J., & McComas, K. L. (2010, April). Experiencing the CSD curriculum: Perspectives of recent graduates. Technical session presentation at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association in Charleston, WV.

Fraley, N., & McComas, K. L. (2009, November). Modeling congruence: Balancing emotion and reason in therapeutic relationships. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in New Orleans, LA.

Banks, C., Casey-Heatherman, W., Clark, M., Ellis, K., Fraley, N., Gardner, G., Thomas, L., & McComas, K. L. (2009, November). Researching researchers: Demystifying the process and the people. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in New Orleans, LA.

Spatig, L., Flaherty, P., McComas, K. L., Wasinger, T., & Chappell, J. (2009, November). Using qualitative research to evaluate community change: Who? What? How? Presentation at the annual Share the Vision conference in Charleston, WV.

McComas, K. L. (2009, April). A community of research practice: Fostering scholarship among students and faculty. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association in Huntington, WV.

Pence, A., & McComas, K. L. (2009, April). How exactly does the family culture affect literacy development: A digital story. Poster/digital presentation at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Huntington, WV.

Spatig, L., Coombs, W., Ambrose, J., Flaherty, P., Swedberg, A., & McComas, K. L. (2007, March). Ethnography and program evaluation: Strange bedfellows or a marriage made in heaven? Presentation at the annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association in Maryville, TN.

Idrus, R., & McComas, K. L. (2006, August). Technogogy: Facilitating the transformation of learning. Third International Conference on eLearning for Knowledge-based Society, Bangkok, Thailand.
 
 
Publications:
McComas, K. L. (2010). [Review of the book Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination]. Collaborative Anthropologies, 3, 159-164.

McComas, K. L., & Spatig, L. (2010). Research identity and curriculum: Stories of resistance. Manuscript in preparation.

McComas, K. L., Fry, L., Frank, S., & Fraley, N. (2010). Community of research practice: A model for student research. Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 13(2), 63-68.

McComas, K. L., & Childress, R. (2009). A proposed model for policy development in higher education: Strengthening the role of research. SRCEA 2009 Yearbook.

McComas, K. L. (2009). Developing professional identities: A goal for educational programs. In C. Bowen (Ed.), Childrens speech sound disorders, 185-189. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

McComas, K. L. (2009). Electronic portfolios as catalysts for change in the summer institute. National Writing Project (http://nwp.org/).

McComas, K. L. (2004). Cow tale: A story of transformation in two MOO communities. In Inman, J., Reed, C., & Sands, P. (Eds.), Electronic collaboration in the humanities: Issues and options (pp. 241-254). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

McComas, K. L., & Lloyd, C. (2003). Reflection as tension and voice in teaching portfolios. The WAC Journal, 14, 67-85.

Cantrill, C., & McComas, K. L. (2001, September-October). NWP technology liaisons: New leaders at local sites. The Voice, 6, 28.
 

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