Roberta Seelinger Trites Distinguished Professor Department of English Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 61790-4240



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Roberta Seelinger Trites
Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois 61790-4240
(309) 438-4572
seeling@ilstu.edu
http://english.illinoisstate.edu/seeling/index.htm

Appointments

Illinois State University

Distinguished Professor, 2013 - present


Interim Chair, Management and Quantitative Methods, Illinois State University College of
Business, 2017
Director of Graduate Studies, English, 2005 - 2009
Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 2002 - 2004
Professor of English, 2001 - 2012
Associate Dean for Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, 1998 - 2002
Associate Professor of English, 1997 – 2001
Faculty Associate, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Summer 1998
Assistant Professor of English, 1991 - 1997

Austin Community College, Instructor, Department of English, Summer 1989

Central Texas College, Instructor, Department of Communication, 1988-1989

Academic training

Baylor University, Ph.D. in English, 1991
Dissertation: Twain’s Innocence, Clemens’ Experience: Narrative Inconsistencies in The Innocents Abroad, directed by Professor James R. Le Master

University of Texas at Dallas, M.A. in the Humanities, 1985


Thesis: The Influence of Transcendentalism on Louisa May Alcott’s “Definition” of Adolescence, directed by Professors Lilian R. Furst and Harvey Graff

Texas A&M University, B.A. in History, 1983 

Scholarly books

Twenty-First Century Feminisms in Children’s Literature, forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming 2017).

Literary Conceptualizations of Growth in Adolescent Literature: Metaphors and Cognition in Adolescent Literature. Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition series. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2014.

A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives. Ed. Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007.

Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000. 

• Japanese translation. Trans. YOSHIDA Junko. Kyoto: Jinbunshoin, 2007.

• Released in paperback, 2003.

• Winner of the 2002 Children’s Literature Association Book Award.


Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1997. 

• Chinese translation, 2010.  Trans. LI Li. Hefei: Anhui Publishing, 2010.


• Japanese translation. Trans. YOSHIDA Junko. Kyoto: Aunsha, 2002.
• Winner of the American Library Association’s Choice Award, 1997.

Scholarly articles



(with Sean Connors) “Legend, Exceptionalism, and Genocidal Logic: A Framework for Reading Neoliberalism in YA Dystopias,” accepted for publication in ALAN Review (forthcoming).
“Material Feminism, Adolescent Becoming, and Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens,” accepted for publication in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (forthcoming).
“Understanding Identity Politics through Intersectionality and Aetonormativity.” SIGNAL 38.2 (2015): 8-14.
“Ontology, Epistemology, and Values: Philosophy and Cognitive Science in David Almond’s
Skellig and My Name is Mina.” David Almond. Ed. Rosemary Ross Johnston.
Melbourne: Palgrave, 2014. 50-66.
“Images of Growth: Embodied Metaphors in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Culture. Ed. Claudia Nelson and Rebecca Morris. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. 11-20. [Chinese publisher: Zhu Ziqiang.]

“‘Some Walks You Have to Take Alone’: Ideology, Intertextuality, and the Fall of the Empire in The Hunger Games Trilogy.” The Politics of Panem: Critical Perspectives on the Hunger Games. Ed. Sean P. Connors. Amsterdam: Sense, 2014. 9-22.


“Margaret Mahy: Embodying Feminism.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 39.1 (2014): 140-49.

“Growth in Adolescent Literature: Metaphors, Scripts, and Cognitive Narratology.” IRCL:


International Research in Children’s Literature 5.1 (2012): 64-80.
Irony and Moral Development in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Critical Insights: Coming of Age. Ed. Kent Baxter. Ipswich, MA: EBSCO, 2012. 167-82.
(with Karen Coats) “Complicating Gender Binaries in the Feminist English Classroom.” Girls’

Literacy Experiences In and Out of School: Learning and Composing Gendered Identities. Ed. Elaine O’Quinn. New York: Routledge, 2012. 141-55.
(with Karen Coats) “Teoreticheskie Voprosy w Izuchenii Detskoj Literatury” [“Theoretical Approaches to Children’s Literature”]. In Konstruiruia Detskoe: Philologiia, Istoriia, Antropologiia [Constructing Childhood: Literature, History, and Anthropology]. Ed. Marina Balina and Scott Sheridan. Moscow: RGGU [Russian University for the Humanities], 2011. 53-73.

“Academic Grief: Journeys with Little Women.” A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives. Ed. Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites. Champaign: U of Illinois P, 2009. 8-18.


(with Betsy Hearne) “Introduction.” A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives. Ed. Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites. Champaign: U of Illinois P, 2009. ix-xxiii.
(with Linda Wedwick) “Embodiment and Discourse in Fiction for Girls.” Susan Lehr, ed. Shattering the Looking Glass: Challenge, Risk, and Controversy in Children’s Literature. New York: Heineman, 2008. 119-35.
“Hope, Despair, and Reform: Adolescent Novels of Social Hope.” Changing Concepts of Childhood and Children’s Literature. Vanessa Joosen and Katrien Vloeberghs, ed. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars P, 2006. 3-16.
(with Karen Coats) “Where Culture Meets Biology.” Canadian Children’s Literature 32.1 (2006): 148-53.
“‘We Were a Pair’: Peter Pohl’s Johnny, My Friend.”  Beyond Babar: Touchstones of European Children’s Literature.  Sandra L. Beckett and Maria Nikolajeva, eds.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006. 241-54.
“Autorer og autoritet: Mark Twain og Louisa May Alcott. [Authors and Authority: Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott.]” Trans. Nina Christiansen. Nedslag i børnelitteraturforskningen 6 [New Research in Children’s Literature, vol. 6]. Copenhagen: Roskilde Universitetsforlag, November, 2005. 73-86.

“Feminist Dialogics in Katherine Paterson’s Novels.” Bridges for the Young: Katherine Paterson’s Fiction for Children. M. Sarah Smedman and Joel Chaston, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2004. 41-53.

“The Imaginary, Oedipus, and the Capitalist Order: Parental Presence in Adolescent Literature.”  CREArTA: The Journal of the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts, Sydney, Australia.  3.1 (2002): 9-21.

“The Harry Potter Novels as a Test Case for Adolescent Literature.”  Style 35.3 (2001):  472-85.

“Narrative Resolution: Photography in Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature 27 (1999): 129-49.

“‘Queer performances’: Lesbian Politics in Little Women.” Little Women and the Feminist Imagination. Janice M. Alberghene and Beverly Lyon Clark, eds. New York: Garland, 1999. 139-60. Reprinted in Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Ed. Michelle Ann Abate and Kenneth Kidd. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2011. 33-58.

“Queer Discourse and the Young Adult Novel: Repression and Power in Gay Male Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 23.3 (1998): 143-51.

“‘I Double Never Ever Never Lie to My Chil’ren’: Inside People in Virginia Hamilton’s Narratives.” African American Review 27.1 (1998): 159-68. Reprinted in “Virginia Hamilton.” Children’s Literature Review 127 (2008): 16-24.

“Is Flying Extraordinary? Patricia MacLachlan’s Use of Aporia.” Children’s Literature 23 (1995): 202-20.

“Manifold Narratives: Metafiction and Ideology in Picture Books.” Children’s Literature in Education 25.4 (1994): 225-42.

“Nesting: Embedded Narratives as Maternal Discourse in Children’s Novels.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 18.4 (1993-94): 165-70.

“Claiming the Treasures: Patricia MacLachlan’s Organic Postmodernism.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 18.1 (1993): 23-28.

“The Innocents or the Experienced Abroad? Narrative Inconsistencies in Clemens’ The Innocents Abroad.” Journal  of the American Studies Association of Texas 23 (1992): 1-16.

“Disney’s Sub/Version of Andersen’s Little Mermaid.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 18.4 (1991): 145-52.




Scholarship in progress

Cognitive Criticism and Fiction for Youth,” Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature, eds. Maria Nikolajeva and Clementine Beauvois.
(with Sean P. Connors) “A Framework for Reading Globalization and Neoliberalism in Young Adult Fiction: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans,” submitted for review.

Editorials, essays, and commentary

Foreword. One Child Reading: My Autobibliography by Margaret Mackey. Edmonton, AB: U of Alberta P, 2016.

(with A. Fritson-Coffman and B.J. Huber) “Does It Have to be ‘All or Nothing’?: Modified Homeschooling for a Student with Asperger’s Syndrome.” School Psychology in Illinois 32.2 (2011): 9-14.

(with Karen Coats, Patricia Enciso, Christine A. Jenkins, and Shelby Wolf) “Schools of Thought.” The Horn Book Magazine (Sept./Oct. 2008): 523-36.

“Presidential Column.” Children’s Literature Association Newsletter, fall 2006 and spring 2007.

“Transitions.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 29 (2004): 1-3.

“Texts and Contexts: The Instrumentalisation of Children’s Literary Studies.”  Journal of  the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts, Sydney, Australia. 4 (2003): 15-17.

“International Children’s Literature.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 28 (2003-2004): 194-95.

“Multiculturalism in Children’s Literature.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 28 (2003): 66-67.

“Avoiding a Quartz Contentment: Character, Culture, and Concepts of Childhood.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 27 (2002): 118.

“The Uncanny in Children’s Literature.”   Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 26 (2001-2002): 162.

“September 11, 2001.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 26 (2001): 114-16.

“What I Did for my Summer Vacation, or Transformations, Existential and Otherwise.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 26 (2001): 62-63.

“The Fragility and Resilience of Childhood.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 25 (2000-2001): 180.

“The Mirror of Criticism.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 25 (2000): 126.

“Psychoanalytic Approaches to Children’s Literature.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 25 (2000): 66-67.

“Women’s Work in Children’s Books.” Five Owls 13 (1999): 69-75.

“Introduction” and “Feminist Pedagogy.” The Insider’s Guide to Teaching at Illinois State University. Ed. Roberta Seelinger Trites. Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Illinois State University, 1998.  “Feminist Pedagogy,” rpt. in In Teaching . . . Brief Essays on Teaching by Illinois State University Instructors.  Ed. Doug M. Turco and Ricardo Cortez Cruz.  Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Illinois State University, 2001.

“Feminist Subversion in Children’s Literature.” American Book Review (Nov.-Dec. 1997): 4, 8.

“Theories and Possibilities of Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 21 (1996): 2-3.

Seven entries. The Mark Twain Encyclopedia. Ed. J. R. Le Master and James D. Wilson. New York: Garland, 1993.

“Booksearch: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” English Journal 81.4 (1992): 88.

Book reviews and pamphlets



Rev. of The Afterlife of Little Women. By Beverly Lyon Clark. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.4 (2015): 406-08.
Rev. of Reading for Learning: Cognitive Approaches to Children’s Literature. By Maria Nikolajeva. (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2014). Barnboken Journal of Children’s Literature Research 37 (2014): http://barnboken.net/index.php/clr/issue/view/16.
Rev. of Little Women: An Annotated Edition. By Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Daniel Shealy. 1868, 1869. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2013). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 39.1 (2014): 156-58.

Rev. of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. By Harriet Reisen. (New York: Holt, 2009). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.2 (2010): 217-19.

Rev. of Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. By John Matteson (New York: Norton, 2007). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 33 (2008): 327-31.

Rev. of Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature. By Jerry Griswold. (Johns Hopkins UP, 2006). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32 (2007): 394-96.

Rev. of Alcott in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews and Memoirs by Family, Friends and Associates. Daniel Shealy, ed. (U of Iowa P, 2005). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 30 (2005): 341-44.

Rev. of The Feminine Subject in Children’s Literature. By Christine Wilkie-Stibbs. (Routledge, 2002). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 20 (2005): 116-18.

“The Transactional School of Children’s Literature Criticism.” Rev. of Lissa Paul’s Reading Otherways (Stroud: Thimble, 1997) and Peter Hollindale’s Signs of Childness in Children’s Books (Stroud: Thimble, 1997).   Children’s Literature 29 (2000): 268-74.

“Examining Streatfield through a Feminist Lens.” Rev. of Nancy Huse’s Noel Streatfield (New York: Twayne, 1994).  The Lion and the Unicorn 21 (1997): 304-06.

“Non-Sexist Children’s Fiction.” Pamphlet for the Illinois Reading Council, 1997.

Review of Elizabeth Keyser’s Whispers in the Dark: The Fiction of Louisa May Alcott (Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1993). Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 13.1 (1996): 77-78.

“Mark Twain’s Sexual Politics.” Review of J. D. Stahl’s Mark Twain, Culture and Gender: Envisioning America Through Europe. (Athens: U of Georgia P, 1994). Papers on Language and Literature 31 (1995): 99-103.

Review of Shelly Fisher Fishkin’s Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices. (New York: Oxford UP, 1993). The Lion and the Unicorn 18 (1994): 224-26.

Review of Poetics Today, special issue, “Children’s Literature,” ed. Zohar Shavit. The Lion and the Unicorn 17 (1993): 103-07.
Awards and Honors
Visiting Scholar, Hollins University, July 11-15, 2016.
Finalist, Brothers Grimm Award, International Institute for Children’s Literature, 2015. [Only scholar from the U.S. to make the short-list of four finalists.]
Named to the rank of Distinguished Professor, Illinois State University, 2013.
Finalist, Brothers Grimm Award, International Institute for Children’s Literature, 2011. [Only scholar from the U.S. to make the short-list of six finalists.]
Student Education Association, Professor Awareness Week award, April, 2011
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, Illinois State University, October 21, 2010
College of Arts and Sciences Research Award, Humanities Division, 2005
Children’s Literature Association Book Award for Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature, 2000
Outstanding University Teacher, Illinois State University, 2000
Teacher Recognition Award, Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society), 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Outstanding Academic Books of 1997 Choice Award, American Library Association, for Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels
Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Teaching Award (Senior), Humanities Division, 1998
Illinois State University Teaching Initiative Award, 1996
Honorable Mention, Children’s Literature Association Article Award, for “Nesting: Embedded Narratives as Maternal Discourse in Children’s Novels,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 18 (1993-94): 165-70.
Christine Fall Teaching Award, Baylor University, 1989

Invited presentations

“Twenty-First Century Feminisms in Adolescent and Preadolescent Literature,” Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, 11 July 2016.


“Twenty-First Century Feminisms in Adolescent Literature.” Distinguished Professor Lecture.
Illinois State University, October 23, 2014.
“Growth: Cognitive Linguistics, Psychology, and Adolescent Literature.” Cognitive Criticism and Children’s Literature. University of Cambridge, UK. May 2, 2014.

Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature.” Casper College


Humanities Festival, Casper, Wyoming, February 22, 2013.

“When Adults Hold Youth Responsible: Embodiment and Economics in Children’s and Young


Adult Literature.” The Child in the Book Conference, Taiwan Children’s Literature
Research Association. Taipei, Taiwan, November 17, 2012.

“Current Developments in the Anglophone Study of Children’s Literature.” Taitung Graduate


Institute, Taiwan, November 15, 2012.

The Hunger Games in Light of Disturbing the Universe,” Taitung Graduate Institute, Taiwan,


November 14, 2012.
“Images of Growth: Embodied Metaphors in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Invited speaker,
U.S.-China Children’s Literature Symposium, Qingdao, China, June 2, 2012.

“A String Connecting All of Your Stories: Conceptual Blending in Young Adult Novels.”


Keynote speaker. Agora: Market Place of Ideas conference, Texas A&M - Commerce, April
13, 2012.

“Behind Louisa’s Mask: Discovering the Real Louisa May Alcott.” Friends of Milner Library public lecture, Illinois State University, October 11, 2011.


“The Pixar Maturity Formula: Sexism, Growth, and Social Responsibility in Children’s Movies.” Illinois State University, October 21, 2010. College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer.
“Focus of Children’s Literature Research: Text or Reader?” Invited talk, International Reading Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 2010.
Reading from “Academic Grief: A Narrative Compass.” Book reading, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, September 29, 2009.
“‘The Story May Help Us’: Narrative Compasses in Alcott’s Little Women.” Invited talk, Hollins University, Hollins, Virginia, September 28, 2009.

“Hal Holbrook Pre-Show Lecture: Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.” Public lecture, Bloomington Performing Arts Center, March 14, 2008.

“Power and its Manifestations in Literature for Youth.” Keynote address, International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Biennial Congress. Kyoto, Japan, August 29, 2007.
“Academic Generosity.” Presidential address, Children’s Literature Association. Newport News, Virginia, June 16, 2007.

“Adolescent Literature and Literary History: Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott.” Invited talk, Youth Literature Interest Group, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 6, 2005.


“Hope, Despair, and Reform: Literature for Youth.” Keynote address, The Child and the Book conference, Antwerp, Belgium, April 16, 2005.

“Huck and Jo: Then and Now.” Invited lecture, Christopher Newport University, March 9, 2005.


“Twain and Alcott’s Legacy in Young Adult Literature: Reflections and Community.” Invited lecture, State University of New York - Stony Brook, March 7, 2005.
“Authors and Authority: Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott.” Invited talk, Danish Pedagogical University, Copenhagen, November 20, 2004.

The Imaginary, Oedipus, and the Capitalist Order: Parental Presence in Adolescent Literature.”  Keynote address, First Nordic Workshop in Children’s Literature Research, Biskops-Arnö, Sweden, May 24, 2002.



Scholarly presentations
“Intersectionality and Aetonormativity: The Matrix of Race, Gender, Class, and Age in Curtis’s
Historical Novel, The Mighty Miss Malone.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Biennial Congress. University of Worcester, U.K., August 2, 2015.

“Dirt, Disasters, and Dystopia: Ecofeminism in Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature Association, Richmond, Virginia, June 9, 2015.


“Radicalism and Social Justice: Race, Gender, and Orientation in Louisa May Alcott’s

Children’s Novels.” Children’s Literature Association, Columbia, South Carolina, June

20, 2014.
“‘I Can Be the Ball or the Endless Ocean’: The Play of Primary and Complex Metaphors in
Njunjul the Sun.” Children’s Literature Association, Biloxi, Mississippi, June 13, 2013.

“Cognitive Narratology in the Young Adult Novel: Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.” Children’s Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts, June 15, 2012.


“Magic Realism and Race in Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature Association, Roanoke, Virginia, June 24, 2011.
(with Karen Coats) “Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature for Youth.” Childhood
and Globalization: An International Colloquium, Illinois Wesleyan University, September 13,
2010.

“Enough with the Sexism: Up! Yours.” Children’s Literature Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 11, 2010.

“Historiography and Children’s Literature.” Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 12, 2009.
“Alcott and the Genesis of the Adolescent Reform Novel.” American Literature Association, Boston, May 23, 2009.

(with Mike Cadden and Karen Coats) “Forum: Examining the Critical Pedagogy of Young Adult Literature.” Children’s Literature Association, Manhattan Beach, California, June 9, 2006.

“Jo and Huck: Alcott’s and Twain’s Performative Signifiers.” Children’s Literature Association, Winnipeg, June 9, 2005.

“History and Historicism: Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott.” Fifth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, Nashville, April 1, 2005.

“The Harry Potter Novels as a Test Case for Adolescent Literature.” Children’s Literature Association, Roanoke, Virginia, June 25, 2000.

“The Poststructural Pedagogy of Young Adult Literature at the End of the Century.” Children’s Literature Association, Calgary, Alberta, July 5, 1999.

“Where is the Joy of Sex? Sexuality in the Young Adult Novel.” Third Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, Nashville, March 27, 1999.
“The Bildungsroman vs. the Coming of Age Novel: Does the Difference Matter?” Youngstown State University Conference on Young Adult Literature, May 2, 1998.
“Camera as Language in Adolescent Literature: Journey, Witch Baby, Toning the Sweep, and Spite Fences.” Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 7, 1996.
“Parent as Word or Presence in the Young Adult Novel.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, November 6, 1994.
“Echoes of Twain: The Ideological Construction of Class Consciousness in The Whipping Boy.” Children’s Literature Association, Springfield, Missouri, June 3, 1994.
“Nesting: Mise en Abîme as Maternal Discourse in Children’s Novels.” Modern Language Association, Toronto, December 27, 1993.
“The Power of Androgyny: Echoes of Carson McCullers in Barbara Wersba’s Novels for Young Adults.” Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, November 6, 1992.
“Of Words and the World: Aporias in the Fictions of Patricia MacLachlan.” Children’s Literature Association, Hartford, June 5, 1992.
“Disney’s Sub/Version of Andersen’s Little Mermaid.” Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, March 28, 1991.
“Self-Empowerment: Alice Munro’s Short Fictions in Light of Marilyn French’s Beyond Power.” South Central Women’s Studies Association, Denton, Texas, March 31, 1990.
“E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web Read as Modernism.” South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, October 27, 1989.
“Louisa May Alcott’s Transcendental Bildungsromane.” South Central Modern Language Association, Arlington, Texas, October 22, 1988.

Teaching Presentations

“Syllabus Exchange,” Children’s Literature Association, Columbus, Ohio, 9 June 2016.


“Mark Twain’s Controversial Legacy,” Academy of Seniors, Illinois State University, 9, 16, 23,
30 September 2015.
“Dealing with Imposter Syndrome,” Building a Career Panel, Children’s Literature Association,
Biloxi, Mississippi, June 14, 2013.

(with Karen Coats and Jan Susina) “What Your Grandchildren (and Children) Should be


Reading,” Mornings with the Professors, ISU, October 29, 2010.
“Preparing a Syllabus.” Illinois State Association of Literary Scholars, Illinois State University, May 12, 2010.
“Academic Publishing.” Graduate Forum, Illinois State University, April 16, 2010.
“Defining Adolescence.” English Language Institute, Illinois State University, October 21, 2009.
“Teaching Theory to Undergraduates.” Illinois State Association of Literary Scholars, Illinois

State University, May 14, 2009.


“Issues of Power in Children’s Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective.” College of Education, Illinois State University, March 10, 2007.
“Stories Women Tell Children.” College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, April 17, 2001.
“Balancing Teaching and Parenting.” Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Illinois State University, April 18, 2000.
“Outstanding University Teachers Reflect on Their Teaching.” Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Illinois State University, March 23, 2000.
“The Disappearance of Childhood.” Consider the Children Concert of the Minds, Illinois State University, March 2, 2000.
“Teaching and Learning in the 300 Level Class.” English Studies Graduate Student Conference, Ewing Manor, 1999.
“Well, I’ll be Banned.”  Reading of banned books sponsored by the ISU children’s literature group during National Banned Book Week, 1993-98.
“Involving Undergraduates in Research Opportunities.” University Teaching Workshop, Illinois State University, August 17, 1998.
“Introduction: Involving Undergraduates in Research and Scholarship.” Summer Faculty Institute, Illinois State University, June 23, 1998.
Moderator, “Women and/in Literature,” Illinois State University Third Annual Women Studies Symposium, March 28, 1998.
“What Professors Expect.”  Office of Residential Life, Illinois State University, October 2, 1997.
“Feminist Pedagogy.” Teaching Initiative Award Panel, College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Seminar, Illinois State University, August 15, 1996.
“Improving Communications with Your Professors.” Faculty mentor presentation to Wright Residence Hall, April 18, 1995.
“Sexism and Racism in Children’s Literature: What You Need To Know.”  Association of Childhood Education International, Illinois State University, November 23, 1992.
“Surfacing Assumptions about Gender and Race in Children’s Books.” Adults Reading Kids’ Stuff program, Normal Public Library, October 5, 1992.
“Inscription, Description, Rescription: Evaluating Gender Assumptions within the Literary Process.”  Illinois State Writing Project, July 16, 1992.
“Ideology and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature.” Dispelling the Myth of “Kiddy Lit,” Departmental Professional Growth Panel, April 1, 1992.
Administrative presentations

How to Negotiate.” Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 12, 2009.

The Dean’s Role in Fundraising and Alumni Relations.”  College Council of Arts and Sciences Deans, Orlando, Florida, November 14, 2003.

Is Illinois Higher Education Underfunded?”  Illinois Arts and Sciences’ Deans Meeting, University of Illinois at Chicago, October 25, 2002.

Is Illinois Higher Education Underfunded?”  Illinois Economic Development Conference, Illinois State University, December 12, 2002.



Administrative Accomplishments
Director of Graduate Studies:

Leadership: Led 2005 post-retreat discussion and wrote report on departmental priorities for the role of English Studies in the graduate programs;

Curricular: Revisions to Ph.D. curriculum and all 500-level seminars, master’s comprehensive exam structure, and advising emphases in Master’s in English tracks: creative writing, TESOL, children’s literature; implementation of creative writing dissertation option; implemented TESOL certificate;

Organizational: Revised website, Graduate Handbook, and graduate program sections of Department of English Organization Book;

Admissions process: Regularized admissions deadlines and testing materials;

Routine duties: Advising, mentoring professional development through the “Graduate Forum” program, admissions, graduate assistantships, recruiting, inquiries, and professional development programming for three graduate programs (Master’s in Writing, Master’s in English, Ph.D. in English Studies) that include 180 graduate students.


Acting Dean:

­• Curricular: Supported the following curricular changes: full accreditation of the Master’s in Social Work by the Council for Social Work Education (2002); the approval of a new journalism degree (Department of Communication, 2003); the approval of a new minor in African-American Studies (2003); approval of the Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Languages’ degree requirement (2003); minor in Children’s Studies (2004). 

Fund-raising and alumni relations: Initiated an alumni Hall of Fame, an annuitants’ newsletter—Renaissance Retirees—and an alumni webpage.  Sponsored focus groups to connect women and minority alumni to the College, from which two scholarships were created.  Between 2002-2004, approximately $5.1 million in gifts and deferred giving accrued to the College, including a $2 million gift to neuroscience.  The majority of the donated dollars have been allocated for scholarships, graduate fellowships, and faculty research opportunities in the departments.

Research support: Committed college funds for grant-matching and start-up costs: $287,200 in FY03; $206,400 in FY04, and $314,062 in FY05.  Worked with central administration to restore University Research Grants and indirect cost returns.

Leadership: Faculty task forces or committees that I convened accomplished the following: an Underrepresented Groups Task Force assessed diversity in the College in 2003; the Newberry Consortium for Renaissance Study moved from the Graduate School to the College in 2003; the College Council passed a statement on faculty workload in 2003; and the Stevenson Center Task Force implemented a reform that led to increased faculty leadership of that unit.  During 2003-2004, I invited Latino Studies faculty from across campus to explore the creation of a new program and Children’s Studies faculty to work on creating a minor.

Organizational: In 2003, responsibility for General Education moved to the College of Arts and Sciences, creating curricular and administrative efficiencies that resolved many of the pressures created by the General Education program that was implemented in 1998.  I also advocated for the reform of the freshman curriculum, including Foundations of Inquiry.

Academic personnel: During the 2002-2003 academic year, the College hired 27 faculty for FY04 appointments, including new chairs in Chemistry, Economics, and English.  I allocated $80,000 in Ph.D. stipend increases in FY04.  During 2003-2004, we conducted interviews for approximately 25 positions.

Teacher education: The 12 teacher education programs in the College were fully accredited during the NCATE review in 2003.  I also participated in two conferences of College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences deans at NIU-Naperville that addressed statewide concerns about teacher education from the perspective of higher education.

Faculty development:  Instituted an expanded professional development and orientation program for first-year tenure-track faculty to mentor them on topics such as ASPT, shared governance, and ethics.


Associate Dean:

• Worked with a committee to restructure the University Research Grant program in 1999-2000.

• Served as college liaison for the planning of the Schroeder Hall renovation.

• Redesigned the College’s budget and planning process, which included making departmental documents publicly available on the Web and convening a Budget subcommittee of the College Council to advise the Dean on planning issues.

• Coordinated and consulted in the development of five-year plans in Geography-Geology (1999-2000) and Chemistry (2001-2002).

• Established computer support units in Stevenson Hall (1998) and the Science Laboratory Building (2002).

• Drafted the campus-wide associate deans’ facilities plan for four years (1998-2001).

• Chaired the Research Proposal Review Committee, 1998-2002.


Courses Taught at Illinois State University
IDS 100, Foundations of Inquiry
ENG 102, Literary Analysis I: Prose Fiction
ENG 170, Foundations of Children’s Literature
ENG 271, Literature for the Young Child
ENG 272, Literature for the Pre-Adolescent
ENG 360, Women’s Literature
ENG 372, Contemporary Literature for the Young Child
ENG 375, Adolescent Literature

ENG 401, Introduction to Graduate Studies


ENG 470, Studies in Children’s Literature:
       “Gender and Identity in Children’s Literature”
       “Confined by the Canon: Alcott and Twain”
       “Adolescent Girls’ Series Fiction” (team taught with Dr. Sally E. Parry)
       “The Wonderful World of Disney?”

“Narrative, Gender, History”

“Embodiment and Metaphor in Youth Fiction: Cognitive Narratology”

“Twenty-first Century Feminisms in Children’s Literature”

ENG 471, Critical Theories of Children’s Literature

ENG 495, Topics in English: Twain and Alcott


Course Proposals Written and Approved


ENG 470: Studies in Children’s Literature
ENG 471: Critical Theories in Children’s Literature

Independent Studies Directed
Tharini Viswanath, English Ph.D. student, Fall 2015

Katy Stein, English Ph.D. student, Fall 2014

Elizabeth Pearce, English Ph.D. student, Spring 2011

Muhammad Masud, English Ph.D. student, Summer 2010

Laurie Brummett, English Ph.D. student, Fall 2008

Garrett Nichols, English master’s student, Fall 2008

Billie Jarvis Freeman, English Ph.D. student, Summer 2008

Mpale Mwansasu-Silkiluwasha, English Ph.D. student, Summer 2008

Genevieve Baumann, English Ph.D. student, Fall 2007

Joseph Campbell, English Ph.D. student, Fall 2007 and Summer 2008

Maureen Anderson, English Ph.D. student, Summer 2006

Jennifer Gyursin, English Ph.D. student, Summer 2006

Sally VanDenburg, English Master’s student, Summer 2006

Catherine Ross-Stroud, English Ph.D. student, Spring 2001


Denise Anton Wright, English Master’s student, Summer 1994
Edna Jones, Curriculum and Instruction Master’s student, Spring 1994
Shelley Arnold, English Master’s student, Spring 1994
Ryan McRae, Deaf Education undergraduate, Spring 1993
Graduate Student Advising
Advisor to the following master’s students:
Shelley Arnold (graduated May 1994)
Miranda Biehl (graduated May 2014)

Greg Conde (graduated December 2008)

Amber Dinquel (graduated May 2011)

Danielle Duvick (graduated May 2010)

Judith Gedraitis (graduated May 2011)
Heidi Green (graduated May 1997)
Suzanna Henshon (graduated May 1995)
Teresa Higus (graduated May 2001)
Kari Husby (graduated May 2009)
Candy Jendro (graduated May 1997)
Melissa Juvinall (co-chair, graduated December 2001)
Susan Larkin (graduated December 2001)
Christie Lau (graduated May 1999)

Garrett Nichols (graduated May 2009)

Tyler McWhorter (graduated December 2010)

Rebecca Meissner (graduated December 2007)


Jeffrey Schwartz (graduated May 1996)
Jeffrey Teal (graduated December 1993)

Sally VanDenburg (graduated May 2007)


Denise Anton Wright (graduated May 1998)
Laurie Walczak (graduated May 1999)
Second reader on master’s committees:
La Vina Armstrong (graduated May 1995)

Jessica Daggett (graduated December 2010)

Niall Nance-Carroll (graduated May 2011)

Michael Pemberton (graduated May 2011)

Shelby Ragan (graduated May 2015)
Vanessa Wayne (graduated May 1997)

Elizabeth Zold (graduated August 2008)


Dissertation director (chair) to the following doctoral students:
Current students:

Wesley Jacques

Tharini Viswanath
Hari Adhikari (co-directed with Karen Coats), United International College, Hong
Kong, (graduated May 2012)

Rebecca Anderson, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (graduated


Dec. 2013)

Heidi Bardenhagen, Lamar University (graduated Dec. 2011)

Linda Benson, Missouri State University (graduated Dec. 1997)

Deborah Brothers, Lincoln College (graduated May 2004)

Michael J. Cadden, Missouri Western University (graduated May 1996)

Joseph Warren Campbell, Casper College (graduated May 2010)

Melanie Goss (graduated Dec. 2013)
Billie Jarvis-Freeman, Lincoln Christian College
(graduated Dec. 2011)

Jonathan Klassen, Soo-Chow University, Taiwan (graduated Dec. 2006)

Michelle H. Martin, Augusta Baker [Endowed] Chair in Childhood Literacy,
University of South Carolina (graduated Dec. 1997)

Muhammad Masud, University of Massachusetts-Boston (graduated May 2014)

Meghann Meeusen, Western Michigan University (graduated May 2015)

Mpale Mwansasu-Silkiluwasha, Univeristy of Dar es Salaam (graduated May

2012)

Elizabeth Pearce, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga (graduated December


2014)

Catherine Ross-Stroud, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (graduated August

2004)

Melissa Sara Smith, Ferris State University University (graduated May 2010)


Susan L. Stewart, Texas A&M University - Commerce (graduated Dec. 2004)

Stewart’s dissertation, “Genre, Culture, and Children's Fiction,” was the

winner of ISU’s 2005 Sorensen Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Emily Woster (graduated May 2013), University of Minnesota - Duluth


Reader for the following students’ dissertation committees:
Carey Applegate (graduated Dec. 2011)

Steve Bortolotti (graduated May 2012)

Preeyaporn Chareonbutra (graduated Dec. 2007)

Elizabeth Gillhouse (graduated August 2009)

Stacy Greathouse (graduated May 2013)

Melody Green (graduated August 2008)

Caroline Jones (graduated May 2006)
Susan Larkin (graduated August 2005)

Brooklynn Lehner (graduated May 2014)

Maggie Luo (graduated December 2015)

Michael J. Martin (graduated May 2002)

Niall Nance-Carroll (graduated May 2016)

Julie Pond (graduated December 2016)


Catherine Ratliff (graduated December 2015)

Abbie Ventura (graduated May 2009)


Fulbright Advising:
Co-sponsor, Safrina Noorman, Indonesia, 2004-2005

Mpale Mwansasu-Silkiluwasha, Tanzania, 2007-2009




ISU Students to receive Fulbright Funding:
Rebecca Anderson, Turkey, 2009-2010
Supervisory Committee (MPhil/Ph.D. Supervisory Committee, International)
Rose Miller, University of Worcester, England, 2012-
External Dissertation Examiner:

Anna Katrina Gutierrez, Macquarie University, Australia 2012

Vandana Saxena, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2010

Maria Lassén-Seger, Åbo Akademi, Finland, 2007

Victoria Flanagan, Macquarie University, Australia, 2005

Kathryn James, Deakin University, Australia, 2005


Professional Service
Evaluator for promotion and/or tenure for the following departments:


  • Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis (2016)

  • Rutgers University (2016)

  • Kansas State University, Department of English (2015)

  • University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions (2015)

  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Department of English (2014)

  • University of South Carolina, Department of English (2012)

  • Purdue University, Department of English (2010)

  • Simon Frasier University, Faculty of Education (2010)

  • Florida State University, College of Information (2007, 2014)

  • Rutgers University – Camden, Department of English (2007, 2012)

  • University of Connecticut, Department of English (2005)

  • Hollins University, Department of English (2001, 2004)

  • Clemson University, Department of English (2004)

  • University of New Hampshire, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (2003)

  • Miami University (Ohio), Department of English (2002)

  • Michigan State University (2001)

  • Kent State - Stark (1993)

Referee for Asian Women, 2016


Referee for Gender Issues, 2015
Referee for Edinburgh University Press and Routledge, 2015-2016
Judge, Francelia Butler Conference paper award, Hollins University, Summer 2015
Children’s Literature Association, Treasurer, 2015-2018
Children’s Literature Association, Conference Paper Selection Committee, 2015-2016
Referee for Age Culture Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2014
Anne Devereaux Jordan Committee, Children’s Literature Association, 2013-
Referee for the journals Narrative Works and Women’s Reproductive Health, 2013
Nominating Committee, Louisa May Alcott Society, 2013-15
Co-Chair, Children’s Literature Association, Association Management Company Search Committee, 2011-2012
Referee for Children’s Literature in Education, 2011- present
Moderator, “Reading Discussion of Carolyn Steedman’s ‘Maps and Polar Regions: A Note on the Presentation of Childhood Subjectivity in Fiction of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,” Childhood and Globalization: An International Colloquium, Illinois Wesleyan University, September 13, 2010.
Colloquium Planning Committee, Childhood and Globalization: An International Colloquium, co-sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. September 13-17, 2010.
Chair, Children’s Literature Association Conference Planning Committee, 2010-2013, 2014-16
Louisa May Alcott Society, Board of Directors, 2008-2011
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Children’s Literature Association, 2007-2010
Conference Organizer, Children’s Literature Association conference, June 11-14, 2008, Bloomington-Normal, IL
Referee, PMLA, 2008
Chair of Judging Committee, Graduate Student Essay Award, Children’s Literature Association, 2008
Immediate Past President and member of the Board of Directors, Children’s Literature Association, 2007-2008; Conference Committee, 2007-2008
President, Children’s Literature Association, 2006-2007
Editorial Board, Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature (Australia), 2006-present
Vice-president/President-elect, Children’s Literature Association, 2005-2006
Member, Youth Literature Interest Group (an interdisciplinary consortium of scholars from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Eastern Illinois University; and Illinois State University) 2004 - 2008
Editor, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 2000-2004

• Journal invited to be a Johns Hopkins University Press publication during my editorship.

• Children’s Literature Association Honor Article awards given to:

• Coats, Karen. “P is for Patriarchy: Re-Imaging the Alphabet.” 25 (2000): 88-97.

• Butler, Charles. “Alan Garner’s Red Shift and the Shifting Ballad of ‘Tam Lin.’” 26 (2001): 74-83.
Chair, “New Girls and Their Champions,” “Representations of Masculinity II,” “Psychological Perspectives on Young Adult Literature,” Children’s Literature Association, Roanoke, Virginia, June 23-24, 2000
Member, Children’s Literature Association Board of Directors, 1998-2001
MLA/ChLA Liaison, 1998-2000
Chair, Young Adult Literature Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1998
Book Award Committee, Children’s Literature Association, 1994-98
Discussant, Young Adult Literature Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, November 5, 1997
Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Theories of Adolescent Literature,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 21.1 (1996)
Chair, “The Body in Children’s Literature,” Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 9, 1996
Judge, Lloyd Alexander Student Essay Competition, Purdue University, 1996
Referee for The Lion and the Unicorn, 1995-present
Chair, “Katherine Paterson: The Mythic Vision,” Twenty-First International Children’s Literature Association Conference, Springfield, Missouri, June 3, 1994
Reader for 1994 Children’s Literature Association Twenty-First Annual International Conference, Springfield, Missouri
Referee for Children’s Literature, 1993-present
Referee for Children’s Literature Association Quarterly,1993-present
Book manuscript reader for University of Iowa Press, University of Illinois Press, Routledge,
John Benjamins (Amsterdam), Harvard University Press
University Service
Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, 2014-

Bone Scholar Selection Committee, 2014-2016

Fulbright and Marshall Evaluation Committee, Honors Program, 2012-2014, 2016

Coordinator of the Children’s Studies minor, 2013-present

Children’s Studies minor advisor, 2008 - 2013

Graduate Council (elected position), 2007-2010; admissions subcommittee 2007-2010 (chair of

admissions subcommittee, 2009-2010)

Fulbright Evaluation Committee, Honors Program, 2006-2008

Enrollment Management Committee, 2003-2004

Foundations of Inquiry Subcommittee, 2003-2004

NCA Accreditation Teams, Criteria II and “Planning and Budgeting to Achieve Distinctiveness,” 2003-2004

Provost’s Advisory Council, 2002-2004

Attorney’s Advisory Council, 2002-2004

Editorial Advisory Board, Scholar magazine, Illinois State University, 1998-2000


Childcare Task Force, 1998-99

Writing tutor, Metcalf Elementary Lab School, Illinois State University, 1997-98


Faculty Mentor, Wright Hall, 1994-95
University Ethics and Grievance Committee, 1992-95

Transdisciplinary Language Arts Group, 1991-95


College Service
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, 2012-13

Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007

College Faculty Status Committee (Chair), 2002-2004

College of Arts and Sciences Council, 2002-2004

College of Arts and Sciences Executive Roundtable (Chair), 2002-2004

Secretary, Physics Chair Search, 1999-2000

Administrative Secretary, University Research Grant Task Force, 1999-2000

Secretary, Psychology Chair Search, 1998-99

Search Committee Chair, Political Science Chair Search, 1997

Women’s Studies Advisory Board, 1992-95

Search Committee, Director of Women’s Studies, 1995-96
Department Service
Department Faculty Status Committee, 2014-2016

Creative Writing Search Committee (chair), 2014-2015


Department Faculty Status Committee, 2010-2012

Children’s Literature Search Committee (chair), 2011-2012

Sigma Tau Delta initiation ceremony speaker, April 8, 2010

Professional Development Committee, 2009-2010

Graduate Committee (Chair), 2005-2009

Taimi M. Ranta Scholarship Award Committee, 1998-present

George R. Canning Award Committee, 1998

Children’s Literature Search Committee, 1997-98

Department Faculty Status Committee, 1996-97

Search Committee Chair, Assistant Director of Writing Programs, 1996-97

Search Committee, Language Arts, 1994-96

Department Council, 1994-95

Graduate Committee, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 2005-2009, 2016 (fall only)

Curriculum Committee, 1991-93


Community Service
Panel discussion leader for “Women’s Rights,” Teen Idea Exchange, University High School, Normal, Illinois, April 18, 2015. Sponsored through Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
Presentation and discussion leader, “The Lesser Known Works of Louisa May Alcott,” Normal
Public Library, November 15, 2011.
Lecture on “Transcendentalism” and book discussion leader, Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of
Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. Peoria Public Library, October 9, 2011.
Book discussion leader, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. Bloomington
Public Library, October 6, 2011.

Documentary discussion leader, “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.”

Bloomington Public Library, September 17, 2011; Peoria Public Library, October 1,
2011; Normal Public Library, October 29, 2011.
Chaperone, African-American History Challenge, 100 Black Men Annual Conference, Ft.

Lauderdale, Florida, June 16-19, 2010


Girl Scouts of America, 2002-2013
Professional sponsor, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Competition, 2003-2004
McLean County COMPACT (Collaborating on Meaningful Partnerships and Careers for Tomorrow), 2002-2004

Grants
2011 “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women—Library Outreach Programs,” National Endowment for the Humanities, lead scholar for consortium with Milner Library, Normal Public Library, Bloomington Public Library, and Peoria Public Libraries
1996 “Feminism in Anglophone Children’s Novels,” Illinois State University Research Grant
1995 “The Effect of Feminism on Multicultural Children’s Novels,” Illinois State University Research Grant
1994 “Manifestations of Feminism in Children’s Novels,” Illinois State University Research Grant
1993 “Integrated Language Learning,” Illinois State University Teaching Improvement Grant

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