• Primary Investigator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2010 to Summer 2012

  • Conducted a qualitative case study on the use of graphic novels with advanced English/Language Arts (ELA) students in two separate locations; utilized interviews, observations, and questionnaires; participants included 14 students and 2 teachers from two school sites

  • Primary Investigator, UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Student Federation, Fall 2010 to Spring 2011 Conducted internal survey, using Qualtrics, on job satisfaction of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill teaching, research, and graduate assistants; over 500 participants


PUBLICATIONS [Peer Reviewed]

  • 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. (2009). Book review: Peter sacks’ standardized minds: The high price of America’s testing culture and what we can do to change it. The Chronicle of Middle-Level Research 9(1), 6-6.



  • Director and Cinematographer, James Marshall: An Intellectual Journey, 2008. Interviewed Dr. James Marshall, Auckland University, about his past, present, and future work in Philosophy of Education.

  • Producer and Cinematographer, The Town Before Brown (Documentary), UNC-TV, 2007. Interviewed and filmed participants as they discussed life in Chapel Hill, NC, prior to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision; assisted in editing The Town Before Brown.

  • Director and Cinematographer, Middle Grades Program (Institutional video), 2006 Interviewed middle-grade program students about their experiences in the program; filmed a digital video that represents the three tenets of the middle grades program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



  • Gillenwater, C. (2014).  Where are the super canons?: Canonicity of graphic novels and the exclusion of the superhero genre in higher education. Presentation at the 2014 North Eastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Harrisburg, PA.   

  • Gillenwater, C. & Tarney, J. (2013). Why not The Walking Dead? Presentation at the 2013 COMICON, Durham, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2013). Using graphic novels as a pedagogical approach with Advanced Placement English/language arts students: A phenomenological case study. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC), Cedarville, OH.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2013). We are The Walking Dead: Loss of identity at the end of the world. Paper presented at the Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC), Atlanta, GA.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2012). Hybrid texts in the advanced ELA classroom: A phenomenological case study. Paper presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education Research Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2011). Hybrid texts: A phenomenological case study exploring the pedagogical, curricular, and sociocultural implications of their use in an AP English classroom. Paper presented at the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) conference—Global Visions, Local Connections: Voices in Media Literacy Education, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2010). The tyranny of print literacy (revised).  Workshop conducted at Lenoir-Rhyne University, North Carolina Teaching Fellows Junior Conference, Hickory, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C., & Bakis, M. (2010). English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum: Denying the future by negating the present in favor of the past. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Dayton, OH.

  • Miller, M., Gillenwater, C., & Costa, L. (2010). Conference presenting for graduate students. Panel discussion at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2009). The tyranny of print literacy.  Online presentation was given as part of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) Second Virtual Read. Write. Act. Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Hall, L., Nellenbach, C., & Gillenwater, C. (2009). Using writing and discussion to improve students’ reading comprehension.  Research presentation and discussion at North Carolina Middle School Association (NCMSA), Greensboro, NC.

  • Unks, G., & Gillenwater, C. (2009). Documenting racial segregation: A qualitative exploration in critical race theory.  Film presentation and discussion at American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA      

  • Gillenwater, C. (2008). Countering print-text hegemony.  Panel presentation at American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Savannah, GA

  • Gillenwater, C. (2008). Empowering literacy through comic books.  Paper presentation and panel discussion at New York State Foundations of Education Association (NYSFEA), Nazareth College, Rochester, NY.

  • Gillenwater, C. (2008). Validation of a literacy: The past and present of comic books in schools.  Presentation at South Eastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

  • Hall, L., Goldston, B., & Gillenwater, C. (2008). Using think-alouds to assess students’ comprehension strategy use.  Research presentation and panel discussion at Let’s Read: The 39th Annual North Carolina Reading Association Conference, Greensboro, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C., & Cooley, A. (2007). Revisiting San Antonio v. Rodriguez: Fundamental rights, citizenship, and the future of equality in public education.  Paper presentation and discussion at South Eastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Unks, G. & Gillenwater, C. (2007). The town before Brown.  Film presentation and discussion at South Eastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Gillenwater, C., Gordon, E., Jones, J., & Wallen, M. (2005). Teacher education programs toward social justice.  Panel presentation at South Eastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.





  • LaCasse, J. (2017). Effectiveness of transcendental teaching styles: A phenomenology of International Baccalaureate (IB) graduates. Columbia, SC: Amazon

  • LaCasse, J. (2019). Fight for the Quantum: Essays on Spirituality and Science. San Bernardino CA: Amazon





  • LaCasse, J. (Presenter), Special meeting of the Tribal Council, "Educational development with The George Washington University," Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem Washington. (July 2009).

  • LaCasse, J. (Author & Presenter), eLearning at MOT, "The Value Proposition," Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles.

  • LaCasse, J. (Author & Presenter), Zhaoqing Business Environment Conference, "We Shall Stand Together," Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation: Peoples Republic of China, Detroit Michigan.

  • LaCasse, J. (Author & Presenter), Special meeting of the Tribal Council, "Colville Indian Precision Pine and China," The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Nespelem Washington. (July 2010).



  • Eds, (1995, NA). The kingdom of countertrade. Around the World Boat International Media 1st Floor41-47 Hartfield Road Wimbledon London SW19 3RQ, (UK).

  • Brookshire, M. (1990, Spring). How about a cruise through the Persian Gulf? SEA, (56(2), 24-27.) San Diego, CA: SEA.

  • Brown, S. (1990, August 5). Yachts of money: Luxury yachts for the super-rich, A growth industry in Tacoma. Seattle Times, The Economy.

  • Lane, P.  (1984, June 5). Cruise in comfort: Luxury yachts appeal to those who can pay for custom comforts. Seattle Times, The Economy, pp. E-1

  • Eds, (1996, Spring). Doing the deal; Equity funding, Real estate, 144 Securities. SEA, (PNW).




  • The City of Chicago v. Chicago Home Healthcare Agency (January 2014)

  • The State of Arkansas v. Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC. (May 2014)

  • The City of Philadelphia v. Crossroads Hospice of Philadelphia (June 2014)

  • The State of Mississippi v. Our Family Home Hospice (November 2014)

  • The State of Kansas v. Edwards County Hospital & Healthcare Center, LLC (November 2014)

  • The City of Miami v. JFK Regional Medical Center (February 2015)

  • The State of Virginia v. Home Nursing Service of Southwest Virginia (August 2015)

  • The State of Texas v. National Medical Home Care (February 2016) 

  • The State of Tennessee v. Methodist Healthcare (September 2015)




  • Operational in Assembly Languages, Tcl/Tk, C/C++, Fortran, Forth, Pascal, XML, JavaScript, PHP, Tcl/Tk and C based Network Test applications including a complete test automation framework.

  • Configuration, Management, Installation and Testing of Servers, Routers and Switches by Cisco, Extreme, Nortel and others. Developed and implemented complex network tests using smart bits equipment for Cisco and United Airlines.

  • Protocols include TCP/IP, IPV4, IPV6, IPV6. Mobel and most others.

  • Created client/ server applications for TCP/IP, Netware NLM’s and SNMP based applications.

  • Designed Microprocessor/ Microcontroller based systems using the PIC32MX, Intel x86 and 8096 processors, experienced in the Z-80, the 290- and 29116-Bit Slice processors. 

  • Developed hardware and firmware for an IBM Mainframe Channel interface.

  • Architecting hardware and software projects, including a field deployable disposable sensor array for U.S. Navy SOCOM and Autonomous Control Appliances.

  • Created DLL’s to interface proprietary DLL’s to LabView™ and wrote hundreds of LabView™ VI’s “Virtual Interment’s” to facilitate ease of use.

  • Interface development DLL for Spirent proprietary DLL’s to HP VEE-Pro™ and associated validation tests. Wrote an emulation of IBM PHIGS procedure processor in C and Pascal.

  • Created and maintained UNIX Shell Scripts and C based Client/Server Printer applications (SOCKETS and TLI) that functioned on over 25 types of UNIX Hosts. Ported Spirent smart bits software to HPUX and FreeBSD. Experienced in “make” file creation, management and modifications.




  • Established complex donor management system web-based internal interface, to track individual donors with integration to corporate and managed endowment agencies (2008, Senator Henry M. Jackson Group).

  • Developed Constructus corporate identity, including logo, branding, introduction videos, and a secure data integrated web deployment. Elements included the client’s complex non-disclosure and legal processes. Seamless integration of agency and government data established authorization levels providing end-user specific, pre-approved product specification details (2010, Constructis).

  • Created a complex data-integrated and content management system internally and a web-based solution with a smooth interface. Interactive functions included; class registration, gallery browsing, e-commerce and auction capabilities.   The web solution required an intuitive back-end interface and version control, so users could update the site quickly and with little training (2007-2015, Vashon Allied Arts).

  • Directed the Onyx Software corporate site including planning and development of data integration including a robust Customer Management Database, dynamic, content-driven client extranets, instant, one-click interactive sales demonstrations, and multiple partner sites (2000-2008, Onyx Software).

  • Advanced and implemented an administrative tool for Microsoft’s Security Department including a locking hardware management system for tracking 30,000 + constantly changing records and a records automation database tracking all security and safety related activity.  The system provided an automated trend analysis and met extensive chain-of-evidence legal requirements (1991-1997, ACSS @ Microsoft).





  • Developed the in-person Food Worker Card course group offering materials in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Russian and Vietnamese. The program focused on prevention of disease through sanitation, safe food and water, proper disposal of wastes and toxins, and promoting safe and healthy environmental conditions throughout King County (2008, King County, Washington State).

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