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Shannon Mortimore-Smith

Office: DHC 003
(717) 477-1496

Ph.D., English Education, Western Michigan University (2009)
M.A., English Education, Western Michigan University (2003)
B.A., English, Secondary Certification (7-12), Western Michigan University (1997)

Teaching Interests:

  • Secondary English Language Arts Pedagogy 
  • Multicultural Young Adult Literature
  • Adolescent Literacy Practices
  • Multimodal and 21st-Century Literacies
  • Comics, Graphic Novels, Japanese Manga & Anime
  • Narrative-Based Video Games (RPGs & MMORPGs)
  • Gaming Literacies 
  • Fandoms and Fan Culture

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

EDU 495: Student Teaching 
EDU 422: Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary Schools
EDU 290: Introduction to Teaching English Language Arts 
ENG 426: Teaching Adolescent Literature 
ENG 394: Reading Graphic Narratives
ENG 366: History & Structure of the English Language
ENG 360: Popular Cultures: Altered Narratives
ENG 336: Language, Literacy, & Learning: Game Studies
ENG 250: Introduction to Literature
ENG 248: Introduction to Culturally Diverse Literature
ENG 190: Introduction to Reading Graphic Narratives
ENG 114: Academic Writing
ENG 113: Introduction to Academic Writing

Current Projects: 

“Dynamic Inquiry Through Collaborative University-Community Partnerships.” Accepted presentation for the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention in Baltimore, MD. Fall 2019.

“Writing the Journey: Video Game Inspired Creative Writing,” Accepted presentation for the Narrative Games Conference at High Point University, NC., Spring 2019.

“Literacy Practice and Play: Participatory Culture in the MMORPG, FFXIV:

 A Realm Reborn.Playing in the Classroom: Games, Literacies, and Youth Culture in the 21st Century. Sense Publishing, Gaming Ecologies Series. (forthcoming publication).

Featured Publications: 

“Stardew Valley.” Learning, Education, & Games, Vol. 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond, edited by Karen Schrier. (forthcoming, Spring 2019). 

“Journey.” Learning, Education, & Games, Vol. 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond, edited by Karen Schrier. (forthcoming, Spring 2019). 

“I Happily Pronounce You Bonded for All Eternity: Marriage in the MMORPG FFXIV: A Realm Reborn.” Blog post. Esoteric Gaming. 23 August 2016. Web.

“From Skeptics to Fanboys:  English Majors Encounter Graphic Narratives.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan. (2013): 44-49.

Fueling the Spectacle: Audience as ‘Gamemaker’” in Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games, edited by Leisa Clark and Mary Pharr. McFarland Publishers, 2012.

“Shakespeare Gets Graphic:  Staging the Bard in Comics, Graphic Novels and Manga” in Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

“Weighing the Options:  Public School Teaching to Doctorate in English Education.”  The Doctoral Degree in English Education ed. Allen Webb.  Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw University Press, 2008.

Contact the English Department Dauphin Humanities Center 128 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1495 Fax: (717) 477-4020