Dr. Ileana Rotaru is an international independent consultant (researcher, editor, writer, public speaker). Currently, she is associate professor habil. at West University of Timisoara, Romania (Department of Philosophy and Communication Sciences). In 2010, she graduated her PhD in Sociology of Communication (National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest). Her researches are focused on the trans-disciplinary fields of communication science (media impact on children and youth), sociology (virtual communities) and education science (non-formal education, lifelong professional training for teachers). Her publications include a wide number of scientific articles and books. Some of the newest books are: Virtual Communication (2014, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main), Initiere in jurnalismul scolar [An Introduction to School Journalism] (first author, 2012, Editura Didactica & Pedagogica, Bucharest). She is also one of the members of the scientific comities of World Conference on Psychology, Counseling and Guidance (2010 – present) and Media & Learning (2010-2017). Since 2011, she is a member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).
Her experience in the field of media pedagogy is outlined by various articles published in peer-reviews journals. Lately, her researchers have been focused on the assessing and training the teachers’ media competency as part of the lifelong training programs in the digital era. Her studies aimed the specificity of the Romanian media pedagogy education in a comparative manner at the European level.
Her current research interests are in the area of media and children and her areas of expertise is teachers’ media competence and internet use within learning process. She is activist in the field of Roma youth and an independent researcher of Kreativ Research – Center of Media Studies and Social Research where she coordinates researches in the field of social inclusion, children and media and teachers’ training.
Her main interests include media pedagogy (media literacy and media education), children uses of media in different environments. Areas of expertise: media in schools, internet use, media literacy, media effects, digital generation and virtual communication.