Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in Teacher Education, Leadership & Counseling
STEM Teaching P-12 Graduate Endorsement Program Coordinator
Doctor of Education, Teaching and Learning (Educational Technology), May 2020: Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education (Elementary Curriculum), July 2015: Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Educational Studies (Elementary Education), May 2009: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
Specialty AreaI am an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Counseling. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary education, science and STEM teaching methods, and online teaching/digital technologies. My areas of expertise and research include (critical) digital pedagogy, digital technologies, and elementary education. I am also the STEM Teaching P-12 Endorsement Coordinator for the TLC Department.
BiographyI served as an elementary classroom teacher in the Illinois public schools for 11 years and worked as an adjunct professor at Illinois State University for three years. I joined the faculty at Columbus State on a part time basis in Summer 2020 and full time beginning in Fall 2020.
Gierhart, A. R., Bonner, S., Smith, A., & Seglem, R. (2020). Fostering ethical engagement through digital collaboration. In K. H. Turner (Ed.), The ethics of digital literacy: Developing knowledge and skills across grade levels (pp. 89-100). Rowman & Littlefield.
Gierhart, A. R. (2019, March). Digital communication strategies for elementary students. In D. Lecorchick (Ed.), Proceedings of the 81st International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference: Technology and engineering bring STEM to life! (pp. 6-8). ITEEA.
Gierhart, A. R., & Brown, R. (2018). Developing technological literacy: Third graders use Google Classroom. Children’s Technology and Engineering (renamed The Elementary STEM Journal), 22(4), 22-25.
Gierhart, A. R. (2016). Curriculum mapping to meet state standards. New Teacher Advocate, 23(3), 2-3.
Gierhart, A. R., & Smith, A. (2020). Cosmopolitan dispositions. Webinar presented as part of book study webinar series presented by Drew University’s Drew Writing Project, Madison, NJ.
Gierhart, A. R. (2020). Responding to the dialogue: Critical digital pedagogy of elementary teachers. Conference session at Georgia Educational Research Association Conference 2020, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA.
Gierhart, A. R. (2020). Stabilizing the Unstable: Intentional Instructional Design during COVID-19. Conference presentation at Innovation in Teaching Conference 2020, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Gierhart, A. R. (2019). Composing digitally in the elementary classroom. Conference session at Illinois State University’s Teaching in the 21st Century Conference, Normal, IL.
Gierhart, A. R. (2019). Digital communication strategies for elementary students. Conference session at ITEEA 2019 Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Gierhart, A. R. (2019) STEM Showcase: Digital communication strategies for elementary students. Presenter at ITEEA 2019 Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Gierhart, A. R. (2018). Digital communication strategies with elementary students and families. Session presented at Illinois State University’s New Teacher Conference, Normal, IL.
Gierhart, A. R. (2018). Using Blogger with elementary students to construct, publish, and connect. ‘1-in-3’ session presented at ISTE 2018 Conference, Chicago, IL.
Gierhart, A. R. (2016). Using curriculum maps to design and implement instruction. Webinar presented for Kappa Delta Pi, Indianapolis, IN.