Montana State University

Allison Wynhoff Olsen, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Education: Teaching & Learning/Adolescent, Post-Secondary, & Community Literacies

Office: Wilson 2-290
Phone: 406-994-5185

Office Hours: TBA

I earned my Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2013. As an assistant professor of English Education, I focus my research on how students and teachers co-construct knowledge and learning opportunities in secondary classrooms. I am also a K-12 reading specialist interested in the development of readers and writers, particularly how secondary youth are positioned with regard to their literate practices in schools. I taught secondary English and reading in three rural Minnesota schools prior to my doctoral work. I profoundly value youth voices and work to engage with students and their teachers.

I am interested in classroom discourse, building relationships with and across students, intertextuality, instructional practices that facilitate deep engagement in argumentative writing, rural English language arts education, and learning over time.

Selected Recent Publications

Wynhoff Olsen, A., Ryu, S., & Bloome, D. (in press). (Re)Constructing Rationality and Social Relations in the Teaching and Learning of Argumentative Writing in two High School English Language Arts Classrooms. Journal of Literacy Research Yearbook.

Scherff, L., & Rush, L. S. (2013). Opening the conversation: The Common Core and effective literacy education. (with Allison Wynhoff Olsen and Emily A. Nemeth) English Education, 45(2), 99-114.

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Updated: 07/21/2014