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Emily Meixner

Associate Professor, Coordinator of English Secondary Education Program

Emily Meixner

Phone: (609) 771-2686


Office: Bliss Hall 217

English Secondary Education Program

Emily Meixner (B.A. English & French, Loras College ; M.A. American Studies, Michigan State University; Ph.D.Curriculum Theory & Multicultural Teacher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the coordinator of the Secondary English Education Program. She regularly teaches secondary English methods courses and courses on young adult literature. Her research interests include teacher identity formation, GLBTQ young adult literature, and multicultural pre-service teacher preparation. Dr. Meixner also works regularly in local school districts providing professional development on such topics as reading/writing workshop, reading strategies and close reading, reading in the content areas, literature circles, and young adult literature.  She is a state representative for ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) and serves as an article referee for English Journal.

Selected Publications:

  • (co-author: Colette Gosselin) “Learning Culturally Relevant Practices:     Facing Developmental Roadblocks.” Multicultural Perspectives, 15, (1), p. 31-38 (February 2013)
  • “Would You Want to Read That?: Using book passes to open up secondary classrooms to LGBTQ Young Adult Literature.” The ALAN Review, 36, (3), pp. 92-98 (Summer 2009).
  • “Teacher Agency and Access to LBGTQ Young Adult Literature.” Radical Teacher, (76), p. 13-19 (Fall 2006).
  • “Understanding the Questions: A Community-Centered Approach to the Teaching of Multicultural Literature.” Voices from the Middle, 13, (3), p. 15-19 (March 2006).

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • 2013  Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN): “Celebrating Great YAL for (Future) English Teachers:  Top Recommendations for Inclusion in English Methods Courses.”  (Panelist)
  • 2013  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): “Re-invention, Not Retrenchment: Models of Student-Centered Close Reading that Meet the Common Core.” (co-presenter, Wilbur Sowder)
  • 2012  Conference on English Leadership (CEL): “Teaching Writing to Each Other: Professional Development and the Power of Electronic Writing Portfolios.” (co-presenter, Lauren Heimlich)
  • 2012  NCTE (CEL Roundtable): “Growing Teacher Leaders: Successful Models of New Teacher Professional Development.”
  • 2011  NCTE:  “High School Writing Workshop: From the Ground Up.” (co-presenters, Kate Featherston and Lizz Dunn: