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David Schaafsma

Professor and Director of English Education



Building & Room:

1904 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2222



David Schaafsma is interested in scholarly issues concerning the preparation of English teachers, young adult literature, community-based literacy, the uses of narrative in research and learning, and the relationship between literacy, democracy, and social action. He has been working on projects in the past year that include a (research methods) book, Narrative Inquiry in English Education, that he is writing with Ruth Vinz; an edited collection of essays entitled Jane Addams, Hull-House and the Call to Education, and an edited collection of baseball poetry tentatively titled Take me Out to the Ballgame. He is developing, with his colleague Todd DeStigter and Oak Park-River Forest High School English teacher and Spoken Word Club Coordinator Peter Kahn, an MA in English Education certificate program in Teaching Spoken Word Poetry.


Research Areas

Composition | English Education | Environmental Humanities | Graphic Novels | Young Adult Literature

Selected Publications