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Alumnus Honored with Article Award

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Karen Coats

We are chuffed to note that Mike Cadden’s article, “All is Well: the Epilogue in Children’s Fantasy Fiction,” Narrative20.3 (Oct 2012): 343-356, has been selected as runner up to the best article published in children’s literature during 2012 by the Children’s Literature Association.

Committee members praised the article for its “refreshing” structural analysis that “produces original and necessary insights by asking structural and reader-response questions” with “an invigorating array of examples, well-chosen and effectively explained.” One member wrote that it was simply “a model of excellent scholarship—smart, engaging, thought-provoking, clearly written” about a topic “I had not thought about as a kind of genre.”

Mike will received his award at the banquet at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Columbia, SC. Huzzah!

Sarah Lushia

Posted on August 30, 2012 by Karen Coats​


Sarah Lushia earned her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Plattsburgh in ’03, her Master’s in English, with a focus in African American Children’s Literature at ISU in ’05, and her Women’s Studies Certificate and PhD in English Studies, with a dissertation focused on Black American Women’s Life Narrative Picture Books in ’10. She is a professor of Multicultural Rhetorics at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. She teaches a variety of Composition courses as well as courses in Children’s Literature and African American Literature. She is currently developing a new Composition course for the budding Honors program at LCC. Her areas of research interest include pedagogy, multicultural rhetorics, African American, Children’s, and Women’s Literature, as well as Life Narratives. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the stunningly beautiful Pacific Northwest by hiking, camping, and walking along the ocean.

Caroline Jones

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Karen Coats​


Caroline Jones (Ph. D. ’06 ISU; M.A. 1995 Hollins University) is Assistant Professor at Texas State University—San Marcos. I teach undergraduate courses in children’s literature and adolescent literature, and graduate and honors courses on the Golden Age of children’s literature and sexuality in children’s and adolescent literature. I am also privileged to direct theses and area exams for MA students specializing in children’s literature. My research interests include sexuality in children’s and adolescent literature, dystopian children’s and adolescent literatures, and the work of L. M. Montgomery. I have published in Children’s Literature Association QuarterlyChildren’s Literature in Education, and The Lion and the Unicorn.

Mi​chelle Martin

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Karen Coats​


Michelle H. Martin became the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science in August 2011 after 12 years of teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the English Department at Clemson University. She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary (1988), an M.S. in Outdoor Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University (1991), and finished the ISU program in 1997 with Roberta Trites as her dissertation advisor.  She published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 with Routledge in 2004 and co-edited (with Claudia Nelson) Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000 (Palgrave, 2003).  She has published articles in The Lion and the UnicornChildren’s Literature Association QuarterlySankofa: a Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and Obsidian III, among others. Martin is currently working on a book-length critical examination of the collaborative and individual works that Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes wrote for youngpeople during their friendship and collaborative working relationship that lasted from the 1920s until the 1960s. Martin created a camp in 2009 called “Camp Read-a-Rama” that brings several of her passions together. It’s a day camp for 4-11 year olds that uses children’s literature as a springboard for hands-on and outdoor education. Read more about it and see photos from past summers at​

Chris McGee and Jennifer Miskec

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Karen Coats​

Chris (’95, ’97, and ‘04) and Jennie (’05) met and married while earning their PhDs at ISU. They are now both Associate Professors of English at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, where they teach undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature.  Chris directs Longwood Seminar, a program dedicated to preparing freshmen for college life, and Jennie directs the undergraduate minor in Children’s Literature and coordinates the English graduate program.  Both direct children’s and young adult literature thesis work for a number of Longwood graduate students.  Chris’s scholarly work is mostly dedicated to the study of children’s mysteries, about which he is currently writing a book, but he has also published on YA literature and film.  Jennie’s scholarly work is currently dedicated to theorizing the early reader, about which she is currently co-writing a book, but she has also published on various aspects of contemporary YA literature.  Both Chris and Jennie are active in the Children’s Literature Association and the Children’s Literature Division of the Modern Language Association.

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