Jennifer Zwillenberg, Ed.D.

Jennifer Zwillensberg

Beatty Hall 119

“Reading comprehension is a fluid, cognitive, linguistic, and social process that defies exactitude.  It is at once and simultaneously invisible, individual, and intimate yet it is affected by a host of influences beyond the control of the reader. Attempting to capture it, whether through standardized reading comprehension tests, informal assessments, or oral reading, is synonymous to catching water with your fingers. There will be seepage, there will be missed ideas, and there will be misunderstandings of the process”

Arlette Ingram Willis. 


Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) December 2015

Graduate School of Education, Department of Reading, Writing, and Literacy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dissertation: This text matters: Students’ experiences with independent reading

Master of Education, Reading Specialist Degree (M.Ed) May 2009
Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education (MAT) May 2002
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD

Bachelor of Arts (BA) May 2000
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Cum laude, high honors

Honors and Awards

American Library Association 2016
* Dissertation listed as one of ten notable dissertations of research to practice in May/June 2016 issue of American Libraries

Peter J New Honorable Mention 2016
* Received an honorable mention for paper titled: School and self: The alignment and misalignment of literacy practices

Recent Publications

Under Review

Zwillenberg, J. & Gioia, D. Racism, Privilege, and Voice in All American Boys: A Counter-Narrative of Resistance and Hope. Submitted to The ALAN Review.

Recent Conference Papers/Presentations

Zwillenberg, J. (2016). “Focus versus Flow: Students’ Understandings and Misunderstandings of Avid Readers’ Flow Experiences.” Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association 2016 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Gioia, D. and Zwillenberg, J. (2012). "Discourses of Deficit: A Study of Teachers' Sense- Making Regarding Student Literacy." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Professional Activities/Society Memberships

Black Eyed Susan Book Award Committee Member 2016 – present

American Educational Research Association 2010 – present

National Council of Teachers of English 2004 – 2010

National Writing Project