USF Sarasota-Manatee professor elected to Board of Directors for Children’s Literary Assembly

Dr. Thomas Crisp, an Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literary Assembly (CLA) for a three year term.  The CLA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, has its own refereed journal, the Journal of Children’s Literature, and publishes the annual “Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts” list.

Dr. Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction.  His research is primarily focused on children’s and adolescent literature, reading, and literacy instruction and centers on the intersection between theory and practice. His scholarship reflects a trans disciplinary approach to the study of reading: including balanced approaches to comprehensive literacy instruction, literary analysis, critical examination of texts, pedagogical and curricular uses of books, and the cultural construction of literature, childhood, and child culture across time.

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