March 1, 2024

The Summit on the Research & Teaching of Young Adult Literature

 (Closed)Call for Proposals

The 2024 Online Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature

Thursday evening, February 29  &  Friday,  March 1, 2024 

Call for Proposals

Sponsored by Oklahoma State University and Aquinas College and facilitated by members of NCTE’s ELATE Commission on the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature, we are pleased to announce this call for session proposals.

In this 7th annual Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, the planning committee invites all young adult literature educators and researchers in secondary and higher education spaces to share what you are or have been working on. All themes, lenses, and areas of interest are welcome. We want to celebrate the growing, evolving, and becoming of our research and practices.

As such, we invite proposals addressing the following questions:


Course/Classroom/Library/Community Practice

Presenters are encouraged to explore answers to these questions and others from multiple contexts of grades 6-16 English language arts education and literacy research. The planning committee encourages proposals for works-in-progress that focus on questions and tensions about YAL research and teaching. Proposals are encouraged to be interactive and generative to center community building and rich discussions and action. 

Our goal is to cultivate an accessible, affordable, and supportive Summit so that experienced and emerging teacher-scholars, classroom teachers using YAL, and graduate and undergraduate students theorizing about YAL can present their research and pedagogy.

The virtual format of this conference -- with all presenters also serving as discussants -- seeks to nurture a reciprocity of celebration, presence, and support.  We will hold a number of concurrent sessions to allow for a substantial audience for each session and time to not only present but discuss and consider implications. In this way, we can bear witness to one another’s work, humanity, and passion for all that young adult literature does for our hearts and minds and learning spaces. 

The one day conference will cost $35 for participants and presenters, including authors. A discounted rate of $25 is available for students. Proceeds provide tech support to run the online conference.

Welcomed Proposal​s

Information Needed to Complete the Proposal Form

● Name​ ​and​ ​affiliation ● Postal​ ​address,​ ​Email​ ​address ● Title​ ​of​ ​presentation​ ​or​ ​session ● Format​ ● Abstract​ ​(maximum​ ​50​ ​words) ● Description​ ​(maximum​ ​250 words)​ ​-​ ​​ ​topic,​ ​rationale including theoretical grounding, positionality, relevance,​ ​and​ ​plans​ ​for engaging​ ​the​ ​audience (flash talk format can be less detailed in this regard) ● Names​ ​and​ ​email addresses​ ​of others​ ​to​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​the session

All presenters are expected to register.

Professional development credit and badges offered through Oklahoma State University's School of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Sciences.

Contact Co-Directors

Sarah J. Donovan,

Gretchen Rumohr, 

Advisory Board

Ashley Boyd, Michelle Falter,  Melanie Hundley, Amy Piotrowski, Leilya Pitre, and Jessica Wiley 

2023 Thank You

The Summit is facilitated by members of NCTE's ELATE Commission on the Study of Adolescent Literature 

On behalf of the organization committee of the sixth annual Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, we’d like to thank you for your participation and conversation.

The theme of this year’s Summit was  In Conversation:  The Promise of Young Adult Literature, and so we’d like to keep the conversation going. 

Here are several ways you can engage with the young adult literature community: 

We do hope you consider publishing an article or blog post inspired by your session. Some welcoming sites include the following:

Overall, the Board is committed to making the Summit accessible and inclusive.  In selecting a Friday, we aim to recognize professional development as part of the workweek and respect our colleagues’ personal commitments. Please complete the feedback survey so that we can continue to  be responsive as we plan for next year.

PD letters are on their way for anyone who completed the attendance sheets.


Sarah Donovan and Gretchen Rumohr, Co-Directors

Ashley Boyd, Michelle Falter,  Melanie Hundley, Chea Parton, Amy Piotrowski, Leilya Pitre, and Jessica Wiley, Advisory Board 

2023 Featured Speakers

Ricki Ginsberg

Dr. Ricki Ginsberg is Associate Professor and Co-Director of English Education at Colorado State University. She is a former ALAN president and The ALAN Review editor, and she directs the BIToC (teachers) Collective at Colorado State University and serves as Co-Chair of the Native American Advisory Council. Her work has been published in journals like American Indian Quarterly, English Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, and Teachers College Record. Her first book, co-edited with Wendy J. Glenn, is Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Educators (2019, Routledge). Her newest book is Challenging Traditional Classroom Spaces with YA Literature: Students in Community as Course Co-Designers (2022, National Council of Teachers of English).

Mollie Blackburn

Mollie Blackburn is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and affiliated with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on literacy, language, and social change, with particular attention to queer youth and the teachers who teach them. She is the author of Moving across Differences: How Students Engage LGBTQ+ themes in a High-school Literature Class and Interrupting Hate: Homophobia in Schools and what Literacy can do about it, the editor of Adventurous Thinking: Students’ Rights to Read and Write, among co-authored and co-edited books. She has received NCTE’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Leadership Award; WILLA’s Inglis Award for work in gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and young people; AERA’s Queer Studies Special Interest Group’s Body of Work Award; and the Alan C. Purves Award for an article in the Research in the Teaching of English deemed rich with implications for classroom practice. She has also been recognized with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

Cristina Herrera

Cristina Herrera is Professor and Director of Chicano/Latino Studies at Portland State University. She is the author and editor of multiple books on Chicanx and Latinx young adult literature, including her 2020 monograph, ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature: Brown and Nerdy (Routledge). Her co-edited volume with Dr. Trevor Boffone, Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature, won the 2022 Children's Literature Association Edited Book Award. Cristina has a forthcoming monograph, Welcome to the 805: Michele Serros's Oxnard Writings, with University of Pittsburgh Press.

2023 Summit Sponsors

Oklahoma State University

Aquinas College

2023  Summit Co-Directors

Sarah J. Donovan

Dr. Sarah J. Donovan is a former Chicago  junior high ELA teacher & assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of the Alone Together , editor of Rhyme and Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes, & founder of Ethical ELA, an open access site for educators.. Her publications focus on anti-bias reading practices of YAL and writing in teacher professional development using relational poetry pedagogy.

Gretchen Rumohr

Dr. Gretchen Rumohr is a professor of English, department chair, and writing program administrator at Aquinas College, MI. She is the chief curator for YA Wednesday and editor of Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom. Dr. Rumohr lives in Zeeland, MI with her four daughters and a tiny baby Yorkshire Terrier. 

2023  Summit Advisory Board

Michelle Falter is an associate professor of English education at North Carolina State University. She studies critical, affective, and discussion-based approaches to teaching English language arts. Michelle is an avid reader, critical scholar, and empathetic teacher of young adult literature and has been involved in one way or another with the YA Summit since its inception. 

Jessica Wiley is an ALE Educator and Dyslexia Interventionist for the South Conway County School District in Morrilton, Arkansas. She serves as a board member for Arkansas Hands & Voices and volunteers as a Parent Mentor with Community Connections, two organizations that help improve the lives of children with disabilities.

Ashley S. Boyd is an associate professor of English education at Washington State University. Her research includes the development of critical literacies and social action projects with students reading young adult literature.  Her books include Social Justice Literacies in the English Classroom:  Teaching Practice in Action (Teachers College Press). 

Chea Parton is a former rural English teacher and current visiting faculty member at Purdue University. Her work focuses on the identity development of rural out-migrant teachers, rural pedagogy, and rural YAL. She founded/manages Literacy In Place and the Reading Rural YAL podcast which offers resources for teaching rural YAL.

Leilya Pitre is an Assistant Professor and English Education Coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University where she teaches methods courses for preservice teachers, literary analysis, American and Young Adult Literature courses. Her research interests include teacher preparation, secondary school teaching, and teaching and research of YA and multicultural literature.

Dr. Amy Piotrowski is an associate professor of English education at Utah State University.  She teaches undergraduate courses in English education and secondary education as well as graduate courses in literacy education.  Her scholarly interests focus on digital literacies, young adult literature, and teacher education.

Dr. Melanie Hundley is a Professor in the Practice of English Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College; her research examines how digital and multimodal composition informs the development of pre-service teachers’ writing pedagogy.  Additionally, she explores the use of digital media, poetry, and canonical texts in young adult literature. 

2023  Technology Team from OSU

Elaine Johns

Alysia Ropp

Kushal Jha

Bryan Jennings

Jesse Kraybill

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