Cary Gillenwater, PHD

Associate Professor

Cary Gillenwater, PHD

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher education
  • Curriculum & instruction
  • Media literacy and media education
  • Visual literacy​


  • PhD in Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


  • ​Graphic Novels in Advanced English/Language Arts Classrooms: A Phenomenological Case Study

Research Areas of Interest

  • Teacher education
  • Diversity
  • Media

Selected Publications

  • Gillenwater, C. (2014). Reading images: The phenomenon of intertextuality and how it may contribute to developing visual literacy with Advanced Placement English/language arts students. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 8, 251-263.
  • Gillenwater, C. (2009). Lost literacy: How graphic novels can recover visual literacy in the literacy classroom. Afterimage, 37(2), 33-36. 
  • Gillenwater, C., Kumar, A., Moynihan, B.T., & Vandrimmelen, J. (2007). Use of Haptics to Augment Presence in an Experiential HCI Environment.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor; Northcentral University; 2018-present
  • Adjunct professor; Northcentral University; 2015-2018
  • Senior Educational Consultant; LearningStone, an eLearning company; 2014-2015
  • ​Subject Matter Expert; Northcentral University; 2013-present
  • Student teacher supervisor; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2008-2010
  • Instructor; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2007-2011