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Assistant Professor of English Education, Queen's University, Ontario

Dr. Jen McConnel is a teacher-researcher and writer. She is a former ELA teacher with a decade of classroom experience, and her work focuses on supporting teachers across contexts. Her research interests include academic writing, children’s and young adult literature, and the uses of metaphor in teaching and writing.


  • 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