Missouri State University English professor Michael Czyniejewski shares the value of short fiction, editing and teaching with the Erie Reader. He is the author of four story collections. … [Read more...] about An interview with a short story writer
Books have the power to shape, influence and change our lives. Why is that so? What goes into a book that can shape lives? Jennifer Murvin, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University and the owner of the indie bookstore, Pagination Bookshop in Springfield, Missouri, shares with Authority Magazine about the books that changed her life. … [Read more...] about The power of books to change lives
General education (“gen-ed”) classes are a requirement for almost every college student, but sometimes it can be difficult to see their value and relevance to your major. However, there’s one subject area that offers students the chance to learn and grow in a meaningful way: gender studies classes. What’s the value of this type of class? Who is it for? Dr. Shannon Wooden, … [Read more...] about Why every college student should take a gender studies class
Learning a new language like English can be tough. It’s even more difficult for students new to the U.S., many of whom had to leave their home countries under traumatic conditions. “The biggest challenge for these students is that they are overwhelmed,” said Dr. Andrea Hellman, associate professor of linguistics/TESOL at Missouri State University. “We think it’s just a language … [Read more...] about Creating a supportive environment for English learners
When your faith conflicts with your vocation, you may feel tension. A couple of years ago, Dr. Heidi Hadley, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University, studied the tensions that evangelical Christians experienced in their roles as language arts teachers. “As a teacher, your job is to welcome and affirm every student’s identity in your classroom,” Hadley said. … [Read more...] about Does your faith impact how you do your job?