Conversation Analysis
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I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY, in Albany ( I teach a variety of courses in the Health Communication and Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, including Interaction in Health Care Contexts, Conversation Analysis, and Interpersonal Interaction.

I was an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Culture & Communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA (2004 to 2010).

I was a post-doctoral researcher with Gerry Stahl on the Virtual Math Teams project at Drexel (2004 to 2006). Prior to that, I worked as a post-doc with Tim Koschmann on the Deixis Project at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (2002-2004).

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Rhetoric and Communication at Temple University in 2002, having trained as a Conversation Analyst under Anita Pomerantz.

My current research interests involve learning and instruction, the interactional accomplishment of experience, and client-therapist interaction in psychotherapy.


Recent Work and Collaborations:

Zemel, A. (2013). Instructed objects. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Zemel, A., & Koschmann, T. (2013). "Put your fingers in there": Producing an instructed experience. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Zemel, A. (2013). Instructed experience: Therapeutic enactment in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Zemel, A., & Koschmann, T. (2013). Recalibrating reference within a dual-space interaction environment. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 8(1), 65-87.

Zemel, A., Koschmann, T., & LeBaron, C. (2011). Pursuing a response: Prodding recognition and expertise within a surgical team. In C. Goodwin, C. LeBaron & J. Streeck (Eds.), Multimodality and human activity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Zemel, A., & Koschmann, T. (2011). Pursuing a question: Reinitiating IRE sequences as a method of instruction. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(2), 475-488.

Koschmann, T., & Zemel, A. (2011). “So that’s the ureter.” The Informal Logic of Discovery Work. Ethnographic Studies, 12, 31-46.

Zemel, A., & Cakir, M. (2009). Reading’s work in VMT. In G. Stahl (Ed.), Studying Virtual Math Teams (pp. 261-276). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Zemel, A., Xhafa, F., & Cakir, M. (2007). What’s in the mix? Combining coding and conversation analysis to investigate chat-based problem-solving. Learning and Instruction, 17(4).

Zemel, A., Koschmann, T., LeBaron, C., & Feltovich, P. J. (2007). "What are We Missing?" Usability's indexical ground. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)(Special Issue on Learning and Work).

Epperson, T., & Zemel, A. (2008). Reports, Requests, and Recipient Design: The Management of Patron Queries in Online Reference Chats. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Koschmann, T., LeBaron, C., Goodwin, C., Zemel, A., & Dunnington, G. (2007). Formulating the Triangle of Doom. Gesture, 7(1), 97-118.

Koschmann, T., & Zemel, A. (2007). Optical pulsars and black arrows: Evidently-vague pronoun reference and the practical work of doing discovery. Prepared for submission to Journal of the Learning Sciences.

Pomerantz, A., & Zemel, A. (2003). Perspectives in interviewers' queries. In H. v. d. Berg, M. Wetherell & H. Houtkoop-Steenstra (Eds.), Analyzing Interviews on Racial Issues. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.