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McGinley, William James Associate Professor

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  • William McGinley's professional activities are an attempt to conceptualize research, teaching, and community service as connected activities across the domains of literacy, literature, and English education. His most recent work examines the changing role of humanities education in public school classrooms. This work is derived from a long tradition of theoretical work across a range of disciplines that offer diverse perspectives designed to re-imagine humanities-based approaches to classroom learning/teaching. He has examined how theories of emotion and sentimentality in democratic politics can inform literary understanding. He has also investigated how teachers-in-preparation draw upon improvisational narrative models to organize and understand their initial teaching experiences. Finally, he has conducted research on how middle school students deploy the creative power of writing and visual art to envision a sense of shared community designed to inspire action and social change.

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  • humanities education, narrative studies, life history and memoir, literary imagination, literature instruction, english education, emotion and literature, teacher education

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Teaching

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  • EDUC 4135 - Story and Memoir
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores narrative theory and the epistemological/stylistic commitments of stories as the basis for writing memoir, as well as for studying the written and spoken memoirs of others. We use the word memoir to mean a story of how one remembers one's own life. Introduces and discusses narrative theory and selected memoirs. Students engage in reflection on their own narrative-making processes and evaluate their practical and analytic understanding of daily narrative practice. Same as EDUC 5135.
  • EDUC 4232 - Language and Literacy across the Curriculum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the relationship between language and learning in math and science classrooms with the goal of developing teaching practices that engage students in using language as a tool for understanding and constructing meaning across the curriculum. Explores how language/literacy take on different forms and functions in different social contexts and academic disciplines. Same as EDUC 5235.
  • EDUC 5135 - Story and Memoir
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores narrative theory and the epistemological/stylistic commitments of stories as the basis for writing memoir, as well as for studying the written and spoken memoirs of others. We use the word memoir to mean a story of how one remembers one's own life. Introduces and discusses narrative theory and selected memoirs. Students engage in reflection on their own narrative-making processes and evaluate their practical and analytic understanding of daily narrative practice. Same as EDUC 4135.
  • EDUC 5235 - Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the relationship between language and learning in math and science classrooms with the goal of developing teaching practices that engage students in using language as a tool for understanding and constructing meaning across the curriculum. Explores how language/literacy take on different forms and functions in different social contexts and academic disciplines. Same as EDUC 4232.
  • EDUC 5325 - Queering Literacy in Secondary Classrooms
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Engages theories and practices of literacy teaching and learning that challenge multiple forms of oppression. Using the tools of queer pedagogy, students will learn, develop, and enact strategies for planning and implementing literacy instruction that moves beyond inclusion of differences in the English/language arts and social studies curriculum. Same as EDUC 4325.
  • EDUC 6964 - Capstone: Inquiry in the Content Areas
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Supports students in using and building on the ideas and content encountered in previous coursework. Requires students to conceptualize, design and implement an original research project that will serve as exit requirement for the degree. Reads and engages in research and theory associated with Teacher Research (i.e. research conducted by teachers for professional purposes).

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