Author Biographies

Steven T. Bickmore is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning at UNLV. He taught high school for 25 years and his teacher awards and recognitions included an NEH/Reader’s Digest Teacher Scholar Award for the 1989-1990 school year and a winner of the Milken Educator Award in 1999. He was the President of ALAN (2019) and co-editor of The ALAN Review (2009-2014). He is a co-founder of Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature. He has over 40 academic papers and book chapters and 6 edited books on researching and using YA in the classroom.

Gretchen Rumohr is a professor of English and department chair at Aquinas College, where she teaches writing and language arts methods. Dr. Rumohr has published, presented, and reviewed for various NCTE efforts. She has also written poetry for Language Arts Journal of Michigan as well as The Paterson Review. She has four daughters and together they live, read, make soup and jam and bread, and walk a sassy five-pound Yorkshire Terrier.

Shelly Shaffer is assistant professor of literacy in the Department of Education at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches pre-service elementary and secondary teachers and graduate students in education. Dr. Shaffer taught middle school and high school English for 13 years in Arizona. Dr. Shaffer earned her PhD in English Education from Arizona State University in 2015, and she now uses her experience, research, and education to teach courses in content area literacy and writing, secondary methods, young adult literature, children’s literature, and various graduate courses. She has published articles and reviews in several journals, including: Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and English Journal. She has several book chapters and one edited book.

Katie Sluiter is an eighth grade ELA teacher in the Wyoming Public School District in Wyoming, Michigan where she has taught middle and high school students for over seventeen years. She is also a graduate student in the English Education doctoral program at Western Michigan University. Katie has published and presented on the significant impact of young adult literature in the secondary classroom and the best practices of integrating it into an ELA curriculum. Areas she is interested in researching include multi-age, community-based reading programs and opportunities, the influence of author visits on student engagement and learning, and the methods of incorporating traditionally controversial topics with young adult literature in a middle grade ELA classroom.

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