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Emily Meixner

Professor, Coordinator of English Secondary Education Program

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Phone: (609) 771-2686


Office: Bliss Hall 217

English Secondary Education Program

Emily Meixner received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory & Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the coordinator of the Secondary English Education Program and regularly teaches courses on secondary reading and writing pedagogy as well as courses on children’s and young adult literature. Her research interests include secondary literacy best practices, LGBTQIA young adult literature, and teacher professional development. 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, and young adult literature. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Conference on English leadership, is a member of NCTE, NJCTE, CEL, ALAN, and ILA, and serves as an article referee for English Journal, Voices From the Middle, The Teacher Educator, Multicultural Education Review, and The High School Journal.

Selected Publications:

Meixner, E. & Scupp, R. (September 2020). Reading the (Heteronormative) World: Critical Literacy and LGBTQ Book Clubs. English Journal, 110, (1), p. 63-71.

Meixner, E. & Scupp, R. (December 2019) “Building Community, Empathy, and Engagement Through LGBTQ Book Clubs.” Voices from the Middle, 27, (2), p.40-45.

Meixner, E., Peel, A., Bousum, K., Hendrickson, R. & Szczeck, L. (March/April 2019). Storied Lives: Teaching Memoir Writing Through Multimodal Mentor Texts. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 62 (5), p. 495-508.

Meixner, E. (August 2016). Theory as Method: Queer Theory, LGBTQ Literature, and a Path to Professional Development. English Leadership Quarterly, 39, (1), p. 9-12.

Gosselin, C. & Meixner, E. (May 2015) “Blank Canvas and Glass Ceiling: Using Visual Metaphors and Narratives to Examine Pre-service Teacher Development.” Multicultural Perspectives, 17, (2), p. 73-80.

Meixner, E. (October 2014). “Nurturing Teacher Leadership Through Homegrown Professional Development.” English Leadership Quarterly, 37, (2), p. 6-9.

Meixner, E. (April 12, 2014) “The Top Ten Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Reading Children’s and Young Adult Literature.” Nerdy Book Club Blog

Selected Presentations:

November 2017. Meixner, E. & Scupp, R. “Reciprocal Learning: Implementing LGBTQ Book Clubs in Middle School.” Conference on English Leadership. Annual Convention: St. Louis, MO. Refereed Workshop.

November 2017. Meixner, E. “Theory IS Reality — Reading LGBTQ YA Literature with Preservice Teachers.” National Council of Teachers of English. National Convention. St. Louis, MO. Refereed Roundtable.

November 2016. Fritz, M., Meixner, E. & Shettel, J. “Finding Your Voice: Using Non-Traditional Memoirs as Mentor Texts.” National Council of Teachers of English. National Convention: Atlanta, GA. Refereed Workshop.

September 2016. The Educator Collaborative: #The EdCollab Gathering. Co-Presenter: Jennifer Shettel. “Close Reading as (Yes!) Writing Instruction. Online workshop. https://gathering.theeducatorcollaborative/session-two/workshop-8/

November 2015. Meixner, E. “Close Reading as Writing Instruction: A Path to Writer’s Craft.” CEL Sponsored Workshop. National Council of Teachers of English. National Convention: Minneapolis, MN. Invited Roundtable.