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Toliver, Stephanie Assistant Professor

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  • Informed by her love of science fiction and fantasy texts as well as her experience as a 9th and 10th grade English and reading teacher, Toliver’s scholarship centers the freedom dreams of Black youth and honors the historical legacy that Black imaginations have had and will have on activism and social change. Specifically, her research hinges upon four central questions: (1) What stories might Black youth tell when they read, write, listen to, and watch speculative fiction? (2) How do Black people use speculative fiction as a social justice tool? (3) How are Black youth positioned in speculative fiction texts? and (4) How can literacy researchers and English teachers use speculative fiction in research and teaching? Through these queries, Toliver discusses the implications of erasing Black children from futuristic and imaginative contexts and assists teachers in imagining how classrooms can use speculative fiction as a means to center Black joy and Black dreams.

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  • Afrofuturism, Black Girls; Speculative Fiction

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Teaching

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  • EDUC 4135 - Story and Memoir
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    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 4295 - Narrative and Story in the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Explores a wide variety of texts that might be used in secondary English and Social Studies classrooms. Examines philosophies and instructional approaches to the teaching of reading and literature. Considers the influence of story and storytelling in the construction of personal and societal meaning. Same as EDUC 5295.
  • EDUC 5295 - Narrative and Story in the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Explores a wide variety of texts that might be used in secondary English and Social Studies classrooms. Examines philosophies and instructional approaches to the teaching of reading and literature. Considers the influence of story and storytelling in the construction of personal and societal meaning. Same as EDUC 4295.
  • EDUC 5365 - Methods and Materials in Secondary English
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores the underlying principles and philosophies of several approaches to the teaching of English in the areas of reading, thinking, and viewing and the practical application of these methods in the secondary classroom. Provides support in constructing activities, assignments, assessments, and units that meet the differentiated needs of students given their diverse identities, lives, interests, and needs.
  • EDUC 8155 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Education
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to literacy and literacy education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.

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