Gian S. Pagnucci, Ph.D.
Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Gian Pagnucci


Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Special IUP Event: The Lives of English Teachers: A Readers' Theatre Performance

Event Date: November 18th, 2009 (Wednesday)

Event Time: 8:00 p.m. performance; 9:00 p.m. reception

Event Location: Hadley Union Building (HUB) in the Monongahela Room (managed by the Student Co-op)


The Lives of English Teachers: A Readers' Theatre Performance

  • Read By Dr. David Schaafsma (University of Illinois at Chicago), Dr. Randi Dickson (Teachers College in New York), and Dr. Gian Pagnucci (IUP)

  • Narrated by Sarah Rutter (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Most training for teachers focuses on classroom practices: what books to use, what tasks to assign, and what methods to employ. Even most discussions of educational philosophies and pedagogies focus on how teachers should behave in the school or university setting. But teaching is a 24/7 occupation. The best teachers are always thinking about their teaching, and trying to meld that teaching life into the rest of their existence. This readers' theatre performance (where a text is read aloud in semi-dramatic style by the authors) focuses on the chaotic nature of teaching lives, both inside and outside the classroom. The reading will be accompanied by music and hopes to engage the audience in rethinking their own ideas about what it means to engage in the teaching life.

About the Presenters

Dr. David Schaafsma is Director of English Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The author of Eating on the Street: Teaching Literacy in a Multicultural Society and Literacy and Democracy, he is working on a book about Narrative Inquiry. Dr. Schaafsma also served as Co-Editor of English Education for several years. He's interested in community-based literacy projects and alternative research approaches.

Gian Pagnucci and Dave Schaafsma at UIC in 2009

Dr. Randi Dickson is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the English Education Program at Queens College, The City University of New York (CUNY). She has published on issues of representation and writing pedagogy in English Education, English Journal, and Voices in the Middle. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Conference on English Education for 6 years, including 2 years as Recording Secretary, and was Associate Editor of English Education for 4 years.

Ms. Sarah Rutter is a doctoral student in the English Education Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Gian Pagnucci is IUP's University Professor for 2009-2010. He is the author of Living the Narrative Life: Stories as a Tool for Meaning Making and Re-Mapping Narrative: Technology's Impact on the Way We Write. He is interested in narrative inquiry and digital English pedagogy.

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