Cary Gillenwater, PHD

Faculty Senator

Cary Gillenwater, PHD

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Media Literacy/Education


  • PhD – Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA – Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA – Communications and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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

 Research Areas of Interest:

  • Adjunct life
  • Creative thinking

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • North Carolina Middle Grades Language Arts teaching certification (grades 6-9)
  • North Carolina Secondary English teaching certification (grades 9-12)

Select 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.

 Select Professional Experience:

  • Content Expert, DIP courses, NorthCentral University, 2018-2019
  • Ph.D. Five Year Review Committee, NorthCentral University, 2018
  • School of Education Adjunct Council, NorthCentral University, 2017
  • Senior Educational Consultant, LearningStone, 2014-2015
  • MAT Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010-2011
  • Middle school Language Arts teacher, 2001-2006
  • AERA member