Elizabeth Laurie Fowler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Station 22
Bibb Graves 221D
(205) 652-5418

Ph.D., Instructional Leadership with emphasis in Technology, University of Alabama, 2007
M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Alabama, 1998

B.A., Classics and English, University of Alabama, 1991

Professional Biography:

Dr. Laurie Fowler began her career in education as a Latin and English teacher at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She taught Latin I, II, III, IV and Advanced Placement Latin in addition to English 10 and Graduation Exam Remediation for Language Arts and Reading.  Dr. Fowler also helped organize the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Central High School in 1995 and served as the IB Coordinator from 1995 until 2001.  In 2001 after 10 years as a high school teacher, Dr. Fowler took the position of Technology in Motion Regional Trainer for the University of Alabama/University of West Alabama In-Service Education Center. Dr. Fowler taught technology integration skills to K-12 teachers in 12 school districts in the West Alabama area.  After 3 years in this position, she moved to the Tuscaloosa County Schools Central Office as the Director of Staff Development.  She worked with teachers to meet the No Child Left Behind Highly Qualified Standards and also provided professional development opportunities for all the professional personnel in the school district.  In 2007, Dr. Fowler began an educational consulting business, Ready, Set, Think! LLC and has provided professional development for schools in the areas of technology and strategic teaching.  Dr. Fowler joined the UWA staff as an adjunct professor in the Fall of 2008 and continued as an adjunct until being hired full time in August 2009. She loves teaching about technology and learning new things.

Employment Date: August 2009
Classes usually taught:
  • ED 405 Technology and Education
  • ED 408 Technology Portfolio
  • ED 505 Technology and Education
  • ED 508 Technology Portfolio
  • ED 604 Advanced Educational Research
Additional UWA Assignments:
  • Freshmen  and Transfer Orientation 2010, 2011
  • Academic Advisor for Elementary Education Majors
  • Informal Technology Trainer for Faculty
  • 175th Anniversary Conference Committee
  • UWA Technology Committee 2009-2010
  • UWA Library Committee 2011-2012
  • SACS Substantive Change Committee
  • NCATE College of Education Committee
  • Instructional Leadership Program Interview Committee 2011
Academic / Research Interests
  • Use of technology in preschool and primary grades
  •  Using technology to encourage higher order thinking skills
  •  Improving student writing skills
  •  Integrating technology into reading, writing, and mathematics
  •  Digital footprint and digital reputation
  • PLNs-professional and personal learning networks
Current personal web page address:


Current Projects:
  •  Digital Footprint and Digital Reputation with UWA Freshmen
  •  Lego Robotics Club with Demopolis City Schools
  • STEM Projects with Girl Scouts at Sumter Central High School
Recent Presentations:
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
    •  2006—Poster Session on Laptops for Learning
    •  2007—Photostory and Literacy Hands-On Workshop
    •  2011—Infographics Please: Integrating Math, Art, and Technology
  • McNeese State Teaching and Learning Conference 2011
    •  Infographics: Using Math, Art and Computers to Tell a Story
    •  Hands-On Glogster.EDU: Student-created Web Posters for All
    •  “Caching In”: Using Geocaching to Teach Math, Geography and Writing
  • Alabama Independent Schools Association Professional Development Day
    •  2010—SMART Boards Rock, Using a Promethean Board in the Classroom
    •  2011—Keynote Speaker on Emerging Technologies
  • UWA Early Educators Conference
    • 2009—Online Games and Activities for Preschoolers
    • 2010—SMART Boards Rock, Using a Promethean Board in the Classroom
    • 2011—Closing session speaker-- Ready, Set, Play! Amazing Learning Games for Kids
Recent Grants:

BEST Grant Participant 2009-2011
GREAT MINDS Grant Contributor 2011Noyce Scholars Grant Contributor

Other recent notable works:

Served as a Flat Classroom Project Judge Spring 2011

Community of Hope International Board Member responsible for web page and social media

Other Information:

I am on Twitter at @elfphd.

WWW Links:

Flat Classroom Project http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/