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Robert Kleinsasser

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Biography: 

Robert C. Kleinsasser is a teacher educator whose scholarly interests include the sociology of teachers and learners. He currently serves as Co-Editor in Chief of Teaching and Teacher Education An International Journal of Research and Studies. He recently completed his term as inaugural Book Review Editor of The Journal of Educational Research (2007-2019) and continues as consulting editor. He was appointed a Fulbright Specialist (2013-2018) and served on a program in Hanoi, Vietnam. His scholarly research areas focus on teacher education issues including learning environments and school cultures; pedagogy; second language acquisition; online teaching, professional development, and group interactions; second language testing and assessment; teacher education and wickedity; and teacher educator work. He is a member of the graduate faculty doctoral interdisciplinary area committees in applied linguistics and learning, literacies and technologies.

Professor Kleinsasser has given international plenary, keynote, and invited papers in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam since arriving at ASU. He currently works with an ASU colleague on analyzing online group work interactions. He also engages with colleagues at the University of Colorado, University of Indiana, and the University of Texas to consider professional development for online instruction regarding foreign and second language acquisition, learning, and teaching. Kleinsasser continues to study as a teacher educator through narrative inquiry, while also working with colleagues in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand concerning data sets that deal with professional development of languages educators (both pre- and in-service).

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Education, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 
  • Certificate of Advanced Study. Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • M. A. German and Foreign Language Pedagogy, University of Arizona
  • B.A.   German and Education (Elementary and Secondary), magna cum laude, Dakota Wesleyan University
Research Interests: 

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can online group work be facilitated among students in a short 7 ½ week time period?
  • What are the features of salient (teacher education) professional development (face-to-face and online)? 
  • What are the tasks and knowledge base(s) for teacher educators in teacher education?

Current Research Projects:

Dr. Kleinsasser works with an ASU colleague on analyzing online group work interactions where they consider antecedents to salient online interactions and how students successfully and unsuccessfully interact when completing online group projects.

He also works with colleagues at the University of Colorado, University of Indiana, and University of Texas to consider professional development for online instruction regarding foreign and second language acquisition, learning, and teaching. 

Dr. Kleinsasser continues to study a teacher educator through narrative inquiry, while also working with colleagues in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand concerning data sets concerning professional development of languages educators (both pre- and in-service).

Publications: 

Kleinsasser, R.C., & Hong, Y-C. (2017). Graduate students’ antecedents to meaningful and constructive discussions. Developing potential collaborative online interactions. Journal of Formative Design in Learning, 1(2), 84-98. DOI: 10.1007/s41686-017-0009-x

Kleinsasser, R.C. (2017). A quest for teacher educator work. In D.J. Clandinin and J. Husu (Eds.), The SAGE international handbook of research in teacher education (pp. 1033-1048). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Kleinsasser, R.C., & Hong, Y-C. (2016). Online group work design: Processes, complexities, and intricacies. TechTrends, 60, 569-576. DOI 10.1007/s11528-016-0088-6 

Liu, M-H, & Kleinsasser, R. C. (2015). Exploring EFL teachers’ CALL knowledge and competencies: Inservice program perspectives. Language Learning & Technology, 19 (1), 119-138.  [Special Issue “Teacher Education and CALL”] http://llt.msu.edu/issues/february2015/liukleinsasser.pdf

 

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 597Capstone
Spring 2020
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BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 597Capstone
Spring 2019
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BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Fall 2018
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ELL 515Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
BLE 597Capstone
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Spring 2018
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BLE 522Literacy/Biliteracy Developmnt
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ELL 515Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
BLE 597Capstone
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 522Literacy/Biliteracy Developmnt
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 597Capstone
DCI 691Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Spring 2016
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BLE 522Literacy/Biliteracy Developmnt
BLE 529Lang Assess & Eval ESL/BLE St
Editorships: 

Co-Editor in Chief, Teaching and Teacher Education An International Journal of Research and Studies (2019-present)

Inaugural Book Review Editor, The Journal of Educational Research (2007-2019)

 

Professional Associations: 

AERA, ATE, AATG, AECT

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Applied Linguistics

Learning, Literacies, and Technologies

Service: 

Service to School and Community

State of Arizona

Arizona Faculties Council (2008-2011)        

The Education Coalition (2006-2007)

Arizona State University

University Hearing Board (2016-2018)

Memorial Union Advisory Board (Tempe campus) (2015-present)

Obama Scholar Mentor (2010-2012)

University Academic Council (2008-2011)

Senate Executive Committee (2008-2011)

Dean’s Search Committee, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education (2010, ended 3/2010)

Senate Committee on Committees (2009-2010)

Ombudsperson/Grievance Taskforce Member (2008-2009)

ASU Governance Clearinghouse Committee (2008 – 2010), Chair (2009-2010)

ASU Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) (2009 – 2010), Chair (2009-2010), Member (2014-2017)

ASU Governance Grievance Committee (2007- 2009), Chair (2008-2009)

ASU Teacher Education Collaborative (Spring, 2007), Co-Chair (with Elaine Surbeck)

Senate Task Force on Research Policy (2007)

Teachers for a New Era Conference Committee, Arizona State University (2006-2007)

ASU MAT Creation Group (2008)

Elementary Education Task Force (2008-2009)

Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus

University Academic Assembly and Senate at the Polytechnic Campus (2006-11)

                        Subcommittees--

Committee on Committees (2006-2008)

Governance Grievance (2006-2008), Committee Chair

Senate Executive Committee (2006-2011)

Polytechnic Campus Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (2006-2008)

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) seminar (2007)

ASU - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

University Curriculum and Academic Programs MLF Teachers College Representative (2015-2017)

            Dissertation Fellowship Committee (2014)

Personnel Evaluation Committee—Tenured/Tenure Track (elected) (2010-2013)

Personnel Evaluation Committee—Non-tenure track (elected) (2016-2019)

Division 1 Director Search Committee Member (2010-2011)

            Co-Chair, Foreign Language Education/Spanish Applied Linguistics Search Committee (2010-2011)

            Chair, Grading Issues Task Force (Fall, 2010- Spring, 2011)

ASU - College of Teacher Education and Leadership

            Co-Chair, ELL Working Group (Spring, 2009)

            Chair, Grading Issues Task Force (Spring, 2010)

            ELL Search Committee Member (2009-2010)

ASU - School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation

Interim Chair, Department of Elementary and Special Education (8/2008 – 5/2009)

Search Committee Chair for Reading/Language Arts position (2008)

Personnel Committee (2007-2008)

Search Committee for Administration position (2007)

Student Teacher of the Year Selection Committee (2006)

Education Fair (Make and Take presentations) (2006)

Show Your Love (Volunteer Golf and Silent Auction) (2007)

School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation Curriculum Standing Committee, Chair (2006-2007)