Online, April 21, 2023

The Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature

2023 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 Young Adult Literature, we are pleased to offer the sixth annual Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature fully online: Friday, April 21, 2023.


CFP Summit 2023

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. 

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