Innovative Technologies to Improve Teaching and Learning

Amber L. Rowland, Ph.D.

Research Centers - Center for Research on Learning
Assistant Research Professor
Assistant Director of Professional Learning - ALTEC
Primary office:
785-864-0637
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 746
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Amber Rowland, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor with the Center for Research on Learning and Assistant Director of Professional Learning for the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC) Division. She specializes in collaborative, practical and engaging adult professional learning with an emphasis on current instructional practices and the powerful integration of technology. She is particularly interested in the power of conversation in teacher learning and is constantly pursuing methods for tapping into the collaborative capacity of local faculty and staff.

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 an instructional coach, technology integration specialist, media and online course developer, project manager for the Technology Rich Classroom, Title IID initiative in Kansas, and an instructor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Rowland travels to local, state and national venues and conferences including ISTE, NSDC and CEC, working with educators on professional learning, digital-age instruction, Project Based Learning, distance education, and the general integration of technology. Amber was recognized as one of the 20 emerging leaders in education technology by the National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” initiative.

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. 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. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46, 79-91.

Rowland, A. (2012). Exploring how conversations meet teacher learning needs.

Ault, M. Adams, D. Rowland, A. & Tiemann, G. (2010). Targeted educational games: fun and so much more!.

Rowland, A. & Stanley, M. (2008). Transforming the Classroom: TRC in Kansas. T.H.E. Journal, 35(7), 12.

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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