Melissa B. Wilson
The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249
[email protected]
(210) 458-7623 voice
(210) 458-7281 fax
CHRONOLOGY OF EDCUATION
Ph.D. in Language, Reading & Culture
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Major: Children’s Literature
Minor: Childhood Studies
Dissertation Director: Dr. Kathy Short
2009
M.Ed. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education
Antioch University, Keene, New Hampshire
Major: Integrated Day Studies
1996
B.A. in Political Science
University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado.
1991
Dissertation Title: Constructions of Childhood in Award-Winning Children’s Novels
From Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Critical literacy; Critical Issues in Children’s and Adolescent’s Literature; The
Construction and Re-Construction of Childhood; Early Literacy; International
Children’s Literature; Representations of Jewish Americans in Children’s Literature;
Critical Content Analysis
CHRONOLOGY OF EMPLOYMENT
Assistant Professor of Literacy
University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
San Antonio, Texas
2009-Present
Methods Instructor
Reading and Writing Methods Blocks/TTE 322/323
University of Arizona
Department of Teaching and Teacher Education
Tucson, Arizona
Spring, 2009
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Librarian/Teacher
Van Horne Elementary School
Tucson, Arizona
2007-2008
Instructor
Children’s Literature in the Classroom/ LRC 480
University of Arizona
Department of Language, Reading, and Learning
Tucson, Arizona
2005- 2008
Instructional Coach
Johnson Primary School
Tucson, Arizona
2005- 2006
K-5 Literacy Specialist
TUSD, Department of Professional Development and Academics
Tucson, Arizona
2003- 2005
Early Childhood Consultant
ECE Assessment Group
Tucson, Arizona
2003- 2005
Parent Educator
Parent’s Anonymous
Tucson, Arizona
2003- 2004
Director of Early Childhood Center/ Young Family Outreach
Temple Emanu-El
Tucson, Arizona
2001-2003
Early Childhood Center Laboratory School Director
Bennington College
Bennington, Vermont
1999- 2001
Student Teacher Supervisor/ Instructor
Bennington College
Bennington, Vermont
1999-2001
Seventh Grade Classroom Teacher
Atsa Biyaazh Community School
Shiprock, New Mexico, Dine Nation
1997-1998
Community School Director
Gove Community School, Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado
1996- 1997
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Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher
Midtown West School, Bank Street School of Education
New York, New York
1995-1996
ESL Instructor
Rennert Bilingual
New York, New York
1995- 1996
First Grade Student Teacher
Jonathan Daniels School
Keene, New Hampshire
1994- 1995
Early Childhood Teacher
Denver Jewish Community Center
Denver, Colorado
1992- 1993
ESL Instructor/ Early Childhood Teacher
ELS, International
Seoul, South Korea
1991- 1992
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Participating Scholar
Jewish Literature for Children, Western Regional Conference
Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
Los Angeles, CA
January, 2009
Delegate
Children’s Literature International Summer School
Roehampton University
London, U.K.
July, 2007
Participating Scholar
Southwest Regional Education Summit, “Exploring the future of Holocaust Education.”
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
El Paso, TX
October, 2007
Intern with Dr. Kathy Short
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
LRC 595a: International Children’s Literature Course
Spring Semester, 2007
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PUBLICATIONS
Hoffman, J., Sailors, M., & Wilson, M.B. (in press). Content methods in literacy
research. Chapter to appear in Literacy Research Methodologies, N. Duke, & M. Marlett
[Eds.]. Guilford Press.
Vinson, K.D., Ross, E.W., & Wilson, M.B. (in progress). Parrhesia and citizenship
education: The democratic imperative of “dangerous speech.” [Intended for Theory and
Research in Education]
Wilson, M.B. (2009). [Book Review]. Tamar. Worlds of Words: WOW review, Reading
Across Cultures. Available at:
http://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/review/reviewii1/2/
Vinson, K.D., Wilson, M.B., & Swenson, C. (2009). [Book Review]. Researching
history education: Theory, method, and context. Education Review: A journal of book
Reviews.
Beach, R., Enciso, P., Harste, J., Jenkins, C., Raina, S.A., Rogers, R., Short, K.G., Sung,
Y.K., Wilson, M.B. & Yenika-Agbaw, V. (2009). Exploring the “critical” in critical
content analysis of children’s literature. 2008 National Reading Conference Yearbook.
Vinson, K.D. & Wilson, M.B. (2008). [Book Review]. Compass for uncharted lives.
Educational Review: A Journal of Book Reviews. Available at:
http://edrev.asu.edu/reviews/rev699.htm
Vinson, K.D. & Wilson, M.B. (2008). [Book Review]. Why Foucault? New directions in
educational research. Educational Studies, 44, pp. 83-90.
Wilson, M.B. (2005). A sleuth of one’s own: Nancy Drew and feminist pedagogy.
Arizona Reading Journal, Fall Edition.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
National Reading Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Area 9 Invited Session: Critical content analysis if children’s texts: Themes,
methodologies, and critique.
American Educational Research Association
San Diego, California
Where is our place at the table? The absence of Jewish voices in multicultural discourses.
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National Reading Conference (2008)
Orlando, Florida
Exploring the “critical” in critical content analysis of children’s literature.
American Educational Research Association (2008)
New York, New York
The Neverchanging story: Power and control in children’s literature.
American Educational Research Association (2008)
New York, New York
Discussant for: Contact as a toll for peace? Reconsidering the contact hypothesis from
children’s perspectives. Ana Tomovska, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
National Reading Conference (2007)
Austin, Texas
The politics in children’s literature: Silencing, misrepresentation, and control.
Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Conference (2007)
Tucson, Arizona
Doggie dung and smoking angels: International picture books that push the boundaries of
children’s literature.
Arizona Reading Association Annual Conference (2005)
Phoenix, Arizona
Teaching children empathy using first-person Holocaust narratives.
National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
(2003)
Chicago, Illinois
Down with dittos: How to do developmentally appropriate art with children.
Child and Family Resources Annual Conference (2002)
Tucson, Arizona
It’s more than coloring: The link between children’s art and early literacy.
Head Start’s Fifth Annual Research Conference, Washington D.C. (2000)
DeBey, M., Wilson, M., & Perrotta, V. An Analysis of Second Language Programs and
Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
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SERVICE
Advisory Board Member for World of Words, University of Arizona
Copy Editor for The Journal for Critical Educational Studies
2009
Manuscript Reviewer for Critical Inquiry in Language Studies
International Society for Language Studies
2009.
Proposal Reviewer
National Reading Conference, 2009
Proposal Reviewer for the Committee on Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity in
Education SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2009
Proposal Reviewer for the Adolescence and Youth Development SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2009
Proposal Reviewer for the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2009
Proposal Reviewer for the Early Education and Childhood Development SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2009
Proposal Reviewer for the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2009
Cooperating Teacher for Student Intern
LRC 480: Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Spring Semester 2008
Manuscript Reviewer for Critical Inquiry in Language Studies
International Society for Language Studies
2008.
Proposal Reviewer for the National Reading Conference Annual Meeting
2007, 2008.
Proposal Reviewer for the Committee on Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity in
Education SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2008
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Proposal Reviewer for the Adolescence and Youth Development SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2008
Proposal Reviewer for the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2008
Proposal Reviewer for the Early Education and Childhood Development SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2008
Proposal Reviewer for the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG
AERA Annual Conference, 2008
Proposal Reviewer
National Reading Conference, 2008
Member of Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant’s Committee,
University of Arizona
Fall 2005-2006.
Early Childhood Education Consultant, Shalom House, Tucson, Arizona
2004.
Early Childhood Education Consultant, Arts for All, Tucson, Arizona
2002-2004.
Student Teacher Supervisor, Community College of Vermont, Department of Early
Childhood Education, Bennington, Vermont
2001
Member of the Early Childhood Educator’s Consortium, Bennington, Vermont
1999-2001
Early Childhood Education Training Consultant, Head Start, Catholic Charities,
Denver, Colorado, 1999-2002
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Membership Coordinator, Pima County Parenting Coalition, Tucson, Arizona
Rape Crisis Counselor, Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Adult Literacy Coach, Littleton Public Libraries, Littleton, Colorado
ESL Coach, University of Colorado, International Student Office, Denver, Colorado
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COMMUNITY SERVICE
Member of Pima County Parenting Coalition, Tucson, Arizona
Member of United Way Political Task Force, Tucson, Arizona
Founding Member of ECE Assessment Group, Tucson, Arizona
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
International Reading Association (IRA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Council For Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Reading Council (NRC)
REFERENCES
Kathy G. Short, PhD
Professor
Department of Language, Reading, and Culture
College of Education
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Tel: 520-621-1843
Email: [email protected]
David B. Yaden, Jr., PhD
Professor
Department of Language, Reading, and Culture
College of Education
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Tel: 520-626-9838
Email: [email protected]
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Ana Christina Iddings, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching and Teacher Education
College of Education
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Tel: 520-626-7783
Email: [email protected]
OTHER REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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