I am an Assistant Professor of English & English Education at Truman State University where I teach courses in the Masters of Education program in English education, and English courses in Young Adult Literature, folklore, and queer theory. I also facilitate our Safe Zone trainings with the help of student interns.

My work centers on social justice education, with a particular focus on positive representations of intersectional queer communities.

My research and teaching interests include English education; social justice education; critical literacies; new literacies; queer theory and pedagogy; Young Adult literature; critical theory; and qualitative methods.


Twitter: @summerpennell


Fall 2018 Courses

  • ED 609G: Teaching Internship: English
  • ENG 506/506G Theory and Practice of Teaching Literature
  • ENG 434: Queer Theory
  • JINS 339: WE/Gender & Culture: Selfies