Dr. Theresa Redmond, associate professor of media studies in Appalachian State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, housed in the Reich College of Education (RCOE), has received the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). She was recognized with the award at the 2019 NAMLE National Conference held June 26–28 in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes a non-board member volunteering a substantial amount of time in service of a specific NAMLE project or initiative.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Redmond said. “Media literacy is more important now than ever before.”
She continued, “As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we may either submit to the appeals of technology and misinformation that work to break us down and apart, or activate empowering, critical pedagogies — like media literacy — so as to prepare ourselves and young people to be critical thinkers and agents of creativity, empathy and change.”
NAMLE Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, presents the Outstanding Volunteer Award.
NAMLE is a professional organization for media literacy education in the United States. The organization confers awards at its National Conference, held biennially in various cities throughout the nation. These awards include recognition for research, teaching and volunteering, as well as the Elizabeth Thoman Service Award.
Over the past eight years, Redmond has served NAMLE as a board member, chairperson of the organization’s Membership Committee, Leadership Council member and associate editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education. She was also involved in development, outreach and authorship for NAMLE’s “SNAPSHOT 2019: The State of Media Literacy Education in the U.S.”
Redmond specializes in media literacy education, instructional technology and multimedia production, and teaches a range of face-to-face and online courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs within media studies and teacher education.
Her research focuses on pedagogy in teaching and learning with, through and about media and technology, and on how media and communication technologies impact the nature of literacy, expression and engagement in today’s digital world.