Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Heejung An, Ed.D.


Office:   V4090
Phone:   973-720-2280 x 2280
Office Hours:   Tuesdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm & Wed 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm; and by appointment

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Position: Professor, Tenured
Area Specialization: Learning Technology; Science Education; Education Research

Academic Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D.: Instructional Technology and Media, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A.: Communications Management and Technology, School of Education, New York University: 
  • B.S.: Biology and Science Education, College of Natural Science, Ewha Womans University.

Professional Organizations:

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Professional Experience
  • Professor, William Paterson University (Fall, 2015- present)
    Associate Professor, William Paterson University (Fall, 2010- Spring, 2015)
    Assistant Professor, William Paterson University (Fall, 2005 - Spring, 2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty, The School of Professional Development, Stony Brook University, NY.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Instructional Technology Program, Grand Canyon University of Phoenix. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Faculty, Technical Career Institutes, College of Technology, NY.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Kumon Evaluation Project, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Digital Media Arts Curriculum Designer,Distance Learning Project, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Research Associate, Korea Telecom Satellite Group, Research & Development, Korea Telecom, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • Lab analyst in the Enzyme and AIDS Divisions, Research & Development, Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea .
Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities

  • ELCL 6300-80: Research in Education I  (Online and T: 5:00 - 7:30 pm)
  • CIEE 2130-70: Teaching in a  Technological World (Online and W 11:00 am - 12:40 pm)
  • ELCL 6060-70: Emerging Technologies for  Teaching Mathematics (Online and W 5:00 - 7:30 pm)
  • Director, M. Ed. in Curriculum and Learning
  • UG K-6 and K-6/5-8 academic advisor

Professional Service (2016-2017)

  • Co-Chair, The WPU Annual Educational Technology Conference (2010- present)
  • Co-Chair, NJ Makers Day event
  • Dept. Retention and Tenure Committee
  • Senate Council: Graduate Policies
  • 'Digital Measures' Working Group Committee
  • Search Committee for Associate Provost
  • University Promotion Committee (UPC)

Research Interests

  • Examination of pedagogical, mathematical and cognitive fidelity for the use of handheld apps in elementary mathematics classrooms
  • Development of computational thinking with robotics in preschool classrooms
  • Creative writing for coding.

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters:

  • An, H., Hong, C., & Fuentes, D. (2017). The benefits and limitations of a short-term study abroad program to prepare teachers in a multicultural society. In H. An,  (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Efficacy and Implementation of Study Abroad Programs for P-12 TeachersHershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • An, H., Morgenlander, M., & Seplocha, H. (2014). Children's gadgets: Smartphones and tablets: Tips for helping children to use technology effectively and safely. Exchange, September/October 2014, 69-74 (Article, invited by the editor). 
  • An, H., Alon, S., & Fuentes, D. (2014). iPad implementation models in NJ K-12 school environments. In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Alon, S., An, H., & Fuentes, D. (2014). The iPad: A Mathematics Classroom Tool for Implementing the Common Core State Standards’ Technology Vision . In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Fuentes, D., An, H., & Alon, S. (2014). Mobile Devices and Classroom Management: Considerations and applications for effective use in an elementary school classroom.  In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Fuentes, D., An, H., & Alon, S. (2014). Using mobile devices selectively: Developing constructivist pedagogy to support mobile learning. In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Estevez-Menendez, M., An, H., & Strasser, J. (2014). The Effects of Interactive Multimedia iPad E-Books on Preschoolers’ Literacy. In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Ames, L., An, H., & Alon, S. (2013). The Incorporation of Geometer’s Sketchpad in a high school geometry curriculum. In D. Polly (Ed.), Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies.
  • An, H., Wilder, H., & Lim, K. (2011). Preparing elementary preservice teachers from a non-traditional student population to teach with technology. Computers in the Schools, 28(2), 170-193.
  • An, H., & Shin, S. (2011). The impact of urban district field experiences on four elementary preservice teachers' learning regarding technology integration. Journal of Technology Integration in the Classroom. 2(3), 101-107.
  • An, H., & Seplocha, H. (2010). Video-sharing websites: Tools for developing pattern languages in children. Young Children, 65(5), 20-25.
  • Wilder, H., Ferris, P., & An, H. (2010). Exploring international multicultural field experiences in educational technology. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 4(1), 30-42.
  • An, H., & Wilder, H. (2010). A bottom-up approach for implementing electronic portfolios in a teacher education program. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 26(3), 84-91.
  • An, H., & Wilder, H. (2010). Implementing an online educational technology course in a teacher preparation program: challenges and solutions. In C. Penny, J. Leight, & S. Winterton (Eds.), Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences (pp. 30-44). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • An, H., Shin, S., & Lim, K. (2009). The effects of different instructor facilitation approaches on students' interactions during asynchronous online discussions. Computers & Education, 53(3), 749-760.
  • An, H., Kim, S., & Kim, B. (2008). Teacher perspectives on online collaborative learning: Factors perceived as facilitating and impeding successful online group work. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) Journal, 8(1), 65-83.
  • An, H., & Kim, S. (2007). The perceived benefits and difficulties of online group work in a teacher education program. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 4(5), 3-19.
  • An, H. (2007). Designing an effective interactive web-based coding environment for novice learners. Innovate, 4(1).  
  • Chandler, T., & An, H. (2007). Using digital mapping programs to augment student learning in social studies. Innovate, 4(1). 
  • Kaplan, D. E., & An, H. (2005). Facts, procedures, and visual models in novices’ learning of coding skills, Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 17(1), 43-70. 

Refereed Conference Presentations or Proceedings

Awards and Honors
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant (9/30/2013 - 3/31/2015)
  • Highly Commended Award Winner" at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011:
    "Exploring international multicultural field experiences in educational technology” published in Multicultural Education & Technology Journal
  • Outstanding Paper Award for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International (SITE) Conference, March, 2006 (Spring, 2006).
    "The benefits and limitations of online group work in a teacher education program"
  • Recipient of technology-integration mini-grant Program, William Paterson University (Spring, 2006).
  • Recipient of the Teachers College General Scholarship (Spring, 2001 & Autumn 2000).
  • Recipient of the Ewha Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Spring, 1990 & Autumn, 1990).