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Pauline Schmidt

Professor of English Education

Director, West Chester Writing Project

Office: Anderson 503

Phone: 610-436-2202

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  • Ph.D. in English Education, University at Buffalo 
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education N-6, University at Buffalo
  • B.S. in English Education, Buffalo State College

Research Interests

The Infusion of Arts-Based Pedagogy in Education 

The Impact of Digital Technologies on Curriculum and Teacher Preparation 

Diversifying the Canon of Literature for Children and Young Adults





Professional Experience

  • D’Youville College, School of Education, Buffalo, NY  
          Assistant Professor of Education, September 2007 – June 2012
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Graduate School of Education
          Adjunct Professor, August 2004 - August 2005

             Graduate/Research Assistant, 2003 – 2005

  •  Holland Central School District, Holland, NY
          High School English Teacher, September 1999 – June 2003

Selected Publication

  • Multimodal strategies to identify, impact, influence, and imagine literacies with technologies. With Matthew Kruger-Ross. National Council of Teachers of English. (Under Contract).
  • “Getting into Good Trouble: Exploring Visual Literacy with John Lewis’ March.” With Emily Wender. Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature: Strategies to Enhance Academic Skills and Empower Student Voice, edited by Rebecca Maldonado, Leilya Pitre, and Victor Malo, Rowman and Littlefield, 2021, pp. 111-124.
  • Educators as Readers: Forming Book Groups as Professionals with Susan Barber and Anna Roseboro. NCTE Position Statement, July 2020. (Under Review).
  • “Shakespeare VS. The Homosapien Agenda: Exploring Gender in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Matthew Kruger-Ross. Shakespeare and Adolescent Literature: Pairings and Teaching, edited by Victor Malo-Juvera, Paula Greathouse, and Brooke Eisenbach, Rowman and Littlefield, 2021, pp. 135-151.
  • “A Rocker in Teacher’s Clothing: Outlandish Lessons from School of Rock: The Musical.” Teacher Representations in Dramatic Text and Performance, edited by Melanie Shoffner and Rick St. Peter, Routledge, 2019, pp. 88-97.
  • “Arts-Based Pedagogy: Exploring Shakespeare Study in the Classroom.” With Laura Turchi. A Symphony of Possibilities: A Handbook for Arts Integration in Secondary English Language Arts, edited by Michelle Zoss and Katherine Macro, National Council of Teachers of English, 2019, pp. 79-97.
  • “The Future is Female: Bad-Ass Feminists in YA.” English Journal, vol. 107, no. 6, 2018, pp. 116-118.
  • “It Takes an #NCTEvillage to Raise an Educator.” NCTE Village. National Council of Teachers of English Village. 8 July 2017,
  • “Where is the Girl Power? The Search for Authentic Portrayals of Female Athletes in YA Literature.” With Emilee Hussack. English Journal, vol. 104, no. 1, 2014, pp. 82-85.
  • “Let’s Hear it For the Girls: Resilient and Remarkable Women in Today’s YA Literature.” English Journal, vol. 103, no. 4, 2014, pp. 112-113.
  • “Beyond Secondary Roles: What the Women of the Canon Teach Today’s Girls.” WILLA Journal, vol. 17, 2009,
  • Typecasting the Ideal Woman: The Dramatic Shaping of Students at an Urban, All-Girls’ School. Diss. University at Buffalo, 2008. ProQuest Digital Dissertations, AAT 3342069. Print.

Selected Presentations

  • “Infographics as Digital Artforms” A Confluence of Arts: Mini Workshops for Bringing All the Arts into ELA. Accepted for Interactive Round Table Session of the Commission on Arts and Literacies. National Council of Teachers of English. Denver, CO. November 2020. (Virtual Presentation -COVID-19)
  • “Dare to Disagree” Panel Moderator with authors Debbie Levy, Hena Khan, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Kathryn Erskine. National Council of Teachers of English. Baltimore, MD. November 2019.
  • “Podcasting Through our Pedagogy: Reflections on Preparing Future Secondary English Teachers.” Interactive Lecture with Matthew Kruger-Ross. International Society for Technology in Education. Philadelphia, PA. June 2019.
  • “The Women are Coming”. Panel Moderator, with authors Samira Ahmed, Kelly Jensen, and Jennifer Mathieu for the ALAN Workshop. St. Louis, MO. November 2017.
  • “Representing Teacher Identities Through Digital Stories.” Round Table Sessions of the Commission on Arts and Literacies. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Minneapolis, MN. November 2015.
  • “Missing Conversations: Pre-Emptive Silencing and Self-Censorship In the Teacher Education Classroom.” Panel Presented with Laura Renzi and Gabrielle Halko. Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature for Young People Conference. Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State, Fresno, CA. April 2015.
  • “Creating a Landscape for Story Through the Arts.” Session Co-Chair with Peggy Rice. Round Table Sessions of the Commission on Arts and Literacies. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Washington D.C. November 2014.
  • “Beyond Secondary Roles: What the Women of the Canon Teach Today's Girls.” Women in Literacy and Life Assembly (Special Interest Group), at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Invited Speaker with Lisa Fanaro. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 2009.



Originally from Buffalo, NY Dr. Schmidt is an active working mother of two teenagers and a mini-goldendoodle!  She loves reading, writing, traveling, and seeing Broadway shows.



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