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Steffany Comfort Maher Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English Education
Director of IU Southeast Writing Project

Hillside Hall 01
Phone: (812) 941-2603
stmaher@iu.edu

Biography

Dr. Maher was a secondary English and social studies teacher for 12 years before she began pursuing her Ph.D. full time.  While earning her doctorate, she taught methods courses in English language arts and served as Assistant Director of First-Year Writing at Western Michigan University.  While at WMU, Dr. Maher earned several honors and awards, including a Dissertation Completion Fellowship and an Excellence in Teaching award.  Her research interests include critical inquiry approaches to teaching literature, critical youth studies, and youth cultural studies--especially as applied to the teaching of young adult literature.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
    • Doctorate in English Education
  • Masters

    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
    • M.A. in English Teaching, Major in English, Minor in Education
  • Bachelors

    • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, USA
    • B.A. in English Education, Major in English Education, Minor in Social Sciences

Professional Interests

Teaching

  • Methods of Teaching Reading and Literature
  • Methods of Teaching Writing
  • Advanced Methods of Teaching English Language Arts
  • Young Adult Literature

Research

  • critical inquiry approaches to teaching young adult literature
  • critical youth studies and youth cultural studies as applied to the teaching of young adult literature
  • critical youth studies and critical inquiry in teacher education

Hobbies/Interests

  • Reading!
  • Writing
  • Coaching volleyball
  • Watching my daughters play volleyball, basketball, and softball; play/march in band; sing in choir
  • Spending time with family

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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