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Wendy J. Glenn
Associate Professor of English Education
Senior Editor, The ALAN Review
Fulbright Scholar to Norway
University Teaching Fellow


Wendy Glenn explores questions related to teaching and teacher education, particularly in the areas of young adult (YA) literature and culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogies. Dr. Glenn is interested in generating critical literary analyses of YA texts to lend credence to the genre as one worthy of critical regard and thus increase the likelihood of use of this literature among teachers. She is also interested in exploring how YA texts provide counter-narratives of diverse youth that call into question deficit representations grounded in negative stereotypes. Her research focuses, too, on the education and training of future teachers to successfully support and engage students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Dr. Glenn has presented her work in several professional venues, including academic conferences sponsored by NCTE, ALAN, AERA, LRA, NNER, and AACTE. She has served as the Literature and Literary Analysis Section Editor for the Journal of Literacy Research (LRA), Chair of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award and Anti-censorship Committees (ALAN), and Astrid Lingren Memorial Book Award Committee (IBBY). She is a Past-President of ALAN. Dr. Glenn was named a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar to Norway. As a Roving Scholar in American Studies, she visited schools in every region of Norway to talk with students about American life and culture and provide professional development for teachers. Dr. Glenn was also named a University Teaching Fellow in 2009 and a Meade Award recipient for research in English Education in 2013. She is the current Senior Editor of The ALAN Review, the peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN). Dr. Glenn worked as a classroom teacher in Arizona (Mesa Public Schools, grades 7-12) before becoming a teacher educator.

•Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University, 2001

•M.Ed. Secondary Education, Arizona State University, 1994

•B.A. English, Arizona State University, 1992

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Contact Information: 

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Phone: (860) 486-0246

Email: wendy.glenn@uconn.edu

Mailing Address:
Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road


Current Courses Taught:

EDCI 4210W Methods of Teaching English

EDCI 5250 Literature for Young Adults

EDCI 5255 Teaching Writing

EDCI 5092 Research Seminar

EDCI 3000 Introduction to Teaching


Honors/Awards:

Richard A. Meade Award Recipient for Outstanding Research in English Education (2013). Paper entitled, “Developing Understandings of Race: Preservice Teachers' Counter-Narrative (Re)Constructions of People of Color in Young Adult Literature.”

James Houck Lecturer, 2011

Fulbright Scholar to Norway, 2009-2010

University Teaching Fellow, 2009

New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE) Educator of the Year, 2003


Associations/Committees/Outreach:

Senior Editor of The ALAN Review, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers (ALAN)

Standing Committee Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Past-President, The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN)

Former Chair, Amelia Elizabeth Walden National Book Award (sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, ALAN)

Former Chair, Anti-censorship Committee, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN)

Member, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Book Award (sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Youth, USBBY)

Editorial Review Board, The ALAN Review (TAR)

Editorial Review Board, Research in the Teaching of English (RTE)

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Teacher Education (JTE)

Former Section Editor, Journal of Literacy Research (sponsored by the Literacy Research Association)


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Areas of Expertise:

English Education

Adolescent Literature

Critical Pedagogy

Teacher Education

Teaching Methodology

Qualitative Research


Funded Research:

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Project: Beyond Stone Walls: Toward a K-8 Transdisciplinary Curriculum

Teachers for a New Era (TNE) Grant Project: Writing Like a Pro: Building Confidence and Developing Skills in Student Writers

Teachers for a New Era (TNE) Grant Project: Caring, Collaborating, Coming Together to Chat:First-Year Teachers Gaining Knowledge Through Critical Case Discussions


Selected Publications/Presentations:

Glenn, W.J. (2014). To witness and to testify: Preservice teachers examine literary aesthetics to better understand diverse literature. English Education 46(2): 90-116.

Glenn, W.J. (accepted, in press). Ethnicity and the literary aesthetic: White preservice teachers developing cultural competence through story. Action in Teacher Education.

Glenn, W.J. (2013). Omdefinerer en Norsk Norge : The influence of changing demographics on Norwegian schooling for social democracy. Equity and Excellence in Education 46(1), 36-47. Special Theme Issue, “Global and Local Perspectives on Social Justice Pedagogy: History, Policy, and Praxis.”

Glenn, W.J. (July 2012). Developing understandings of race: Pre-service teachers’ counter-narrative (re)-constructions of people of color in young adult literature. English Education 44(4).

Glenn, W.J., Ginsberg, R., Gaffey, E., Lund, K., & Meagher, I. (2012). From awareness to action: Young adult literature as a road to reflection and catalyst for change. The ALAN Review 39(2), 25-32.

Glenn, W.J. (2011). “I’m not completely dark:” Identity revision in a resistant student writer. Journal of Teaching Writing 26(2), 1-19.

Gort, M., & Glenn, W. (2010). Faculty education for change: Infusing issues of cultural and linguistic diversity in the mainstream teacher education curriculum through a collaborative faculty study group. Research in the Teaching of English.

Glenn, W.J. (2009). Laurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in Tongues. Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/Scarecrow Press.

Glenn, W.J. (2008). Gossiping girls, insider boys, and A-list achievement: Examination of YA novels consumed by conspicuous consumption. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 52(1): 34-43.

Glenn, W.J. (2005). Sarah Dessen: From Burritos to Box Office. Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/Scarecrow Press.

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