As Associate Professor in English Education, Jo has taught on a range of ITE and Masters programmes. She also supervises a number of doctoral students. Jo is also course leader on the MA CALL (Creativities, Arts, Literacies and Learning). Previously, as a teacher of English, a head of department and an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) she developed a strong philosophy about the importance of English to students as a means of personal expression, developing cultural values, critical enquiry and fostering creativity. This has led to an interest in research which focuses on narrative and on creativity. Jo has worked on a range of funded research projects and is particularly interested in young people's arts and creative practices in and out of school as well as research on the discourses surrounding schools and the teachers that work in them, the lives of both long-serving and beginner teachers, and approaches to mentoring. Currently, Jo is working on a range of projects exploring the experiences of young asylum seekers and refugee new arrivals.
Jo is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education and is a Book Review Editor for Literacy, the journal of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. She is a member of the ITE committee for the National Association for the Teaching of English.