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Janet Alsup

I am a Professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education. My specialties are teacher education and professional development, the teaching of composition and literature in secondary schools, critical pedagogy, adolescent literacies, and qualitative and narrative inquiry. I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Conference on English Education (CEE), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

My publications appear in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL), Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, The ALAN Review, and English Education, and I regularly present at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention. I co-authored a book titled But Will It Work with Real Students? Scenarios for Teaching Secondary English Language Arts (NCTE, 2003) that uses real teachers’ stories to explore pedagogical theories and methods. My second book, Teacher Identity Discourses: Negotiating Personal and Professional Spaces (2006), describes the results of a longitudinal research project investigating the professional identity development of preservice English teachers and was published as part of the NCTE/LEA Research Series in Literacy and Composition. This book won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for an Outstanding Research Publication in the Field of Teaching Language and Literature. More recently, I have edited and published a collection of essays titled Young Adult Literature and Adolescent Identity Across Cultures and Classrooms: Contexts for the Literary Lives of Teens (Routledge, 2010). My current work explores intersections between cognitive science and adolescent reader response.

Check out my two new books:

Literacy Teaching and Learning in Rural Communities: Problematizing Stereotypes, Challenging Myths co-edited with Lisa S. Eckert (Routledge, 2015)

A Case for Teaching Literature in the Secondary School: Why Reading Fiction Matters in an Age of Scientific Objectivity and Standardization (Routledge, 2015)

Among the courses I have recently taught at Purdue

Young Adult Literature (English 596/EDCI 551)
Young Adult Literature and Teen Identity (English 696C/EDCI 613C)
The American Teacher: The History of US Teacher Preparation 1821-Present (English 696E/EDCI 613)
Literature in the Secondary Schools (English 492)
Composition for Teachers (English 391)
Teaching English in the Middle School (EDCI 434)
Seminar for English Education Student Teachers (EDCI 498)
Introduction to Fiction (English 238K)
Studies in Young Adult Literature (English 396/596)
Studies in British Young Adult Literature (at Oxford)
Teaching English in the Secondary School (EDCI 422)
Secondary Transition to Teaching Seminar (EDCI 590T)

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