Dissertation Defense Set

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On Monday, March 13 at 1PM, I will have an opportunity to defend my dissertation and begin putting the final touches on earning my doctoral degree in English Education. The last four years have been extraordinary. I have made close friends from my cohort and been given opportunities academically and professionally that have changed the course of my work and life forever. I am grateful to everyone who helped get me here and for all of those opportunities.

My study, Zine Culture: Identity & Agency Trajectories in an ELA Classroom, took over a year to prepare for with an additional year to collect and analyze data and to write my findings and conclusions. While the process was trying at times, I would not trade the experience for anything. I am a far better educator and human being for having ventured into the world of academia with the goal of impacting not only my practice, but the practice of other teachers as well. Eventually, I will share some of what I unpacked from my study and what I think it means for the English classroom. Until then, the focus of the blog will be on working with Ms. A and Ms. C in their science classrooms and project-based learning. Those posts are coming soon. In the meantime, supposing all goes well with my defense, I am very seriously considering the pursuit of turning my study into a book worth reading for fellow English teachers and literacy researchers.

We’ll see what happens. Thank you to any of you who follow the blog and have followed my journey. Hopefully there are more insights and getting dirty with pedagogical practice to come!

See You @ JoLLE 2017


My daughter was born almost two weeks ago now. Overjoyed simplifies my feelings too much, but I do not have the words quite yet to express how my life has changed in a magnanimous way! She was not due until the end of January, so I was unsure I would make it to present at JoLLE (Journal of Language & Literacy Education) this year in Athens, GA. With her arriving two weeks early, I am able to present after all.

If you happen to be going to JoLLE this year, come check out my session on Saturday at 4:20PM. Even if you cannot make the session, find me to say hello or you can always tweet me @theprofjones. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new friends.

Session Details:
Saturday, February 4th
BO5–“Zine Culture: Identity and Agency Trajectories in an ELA Classroom”
4:20 – 5:10
Room TBD

NCTE 2016: A Quick Look Back


I only got to stay one day this year, but I must say I think Atlanta did a fantastic job hosting this year’s conference! Bravo, ATL!

I’m also digging NCTE’s new logo, or maybe it was just the logo for the conference this year. In any case, love the simplicity of the design.

With the one day I did spend at the conference, I packed in as much as I could, including seeing some fellow doc students and recent grads, meeting with my dissertation chair, hanging out with the Kennesaw State crew, and probably most importantly receiving stellar feedback on my dissertation at my roundtable. The only regret was not getting to meet one of my ELA heroes, Buffy Hamilton, when I had the chance. The stars simply did not align. Continue reading

See You @ #NCTE2016


The National Council for Teachers of English begins this week in Atlanta. For the first time in four years, I do not have to travel. (I enjoy exploring new cities, so I’m a little bummed, but saving the money is nice.) I am only presenting once this year as part of the annual round table I have been a part of since I began my doctoral studies. What is fun about this year is I’m nearly done with my dissertation, and I have all kinds of goodies from the research to discuss with my table. The feedback from the respondent will be timely as well and may help as I work to cross the finish line. If you’re going to be in Atlanta this week, hit me up @theprofjones (Twitter).

Here’s my session info:

Title: Collective Advocacy: The Research and Practice of English Education Doctoral Students (B.28)
Time: Friday, November 18; 11:00-12:15
Location: B206