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PhD Candidate in Literacy Education, Queen's University, Ontario

Jen McConnel is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Her research includes literacy, liminality, and curriculum theory. She is also a novelist and a children's and young adult book reviewer for School Library Journal and Canadian Children's Book News.


  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, Queen's University
  • 2016–2017
    High School Teacher, Voyager Academy High School
  • 2011–2016
    Adjunct Instructor, Durham Technical Community College
  • 2008–2011
    Middle School Teacher, Wake County Public Schools


  • 2017 
    Hollins University, Masters of Arts: Children's Literature
  • 2010 
    Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Masters of Science: Library Science
  • 2007 
    Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts: English Education

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • International Literacy Association
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education