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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

Campus Events

Lunch and Learn - Admissions Information

Lunch and Learn - Admissions Information

January 26th, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sojourners for Truth…Find Your Village at IUS!

Sojourners for Truth…Find Your Village at IUS!

January 26th, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Learn - Housing and Residence Life

Lunch and Learn - Housing and Residence Life

January 28th, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Ask Aaron: Keeping IU Healthy

Ask Aaron: Keeping IU Healthy

January 28th, 2021

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SGA Meeting (Virtual Only)

SGA Meeting (Virtual Only)

January 29th, 2021

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Women’s Basketball vs. Oakland City

Women’s Basketball vs. Oakland City

January 30th, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lunch and Learn - Admissions Information

Lunch and Learn - Admissions Information

February 2nd, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sojourners for Truth…Find Your Village at IUS!

Sojourners for Truth…Find Your Village at IUS!

February 2nd, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Learn - Parents of 2021 Admitted Students

Lunch and Learn - Parents of 2021 Admitted Students

February 4th, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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