Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Paula Ressler

Associate Professor

Office Address: STV 420 F
Office Phone: (309) 438-7798
Office Hours: TR 1-2
Email: Contact Paula Ressler (pressle)
Website: Visit Paula Ressler’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG295.01Teaching Literature & Writing in the Middle School T R 14:00 - 15:15STV 0219
ENG495.01Topics in English T R 15:35 - 16:50STV 0223
Teaching Interests:
Teacher Education
Multicultural Education
Feminist and Educational Drama Pedagogy
LGBT/Queer Studies
Urban Education
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Research Interests:
LGBTQ Issues in Education
Drama in Education for Literacy and Social Development
School-University Partnerships
Preparing Pre-service Teachers
Collaborative Preparation and Support of Urban Teachers to Promote Attrition and Reduce Isolation
Teacher and Classroom Research
Teaching Holocaust Literature

Ph.D. English Education, New York University
M.A. Theater in Education, Goddard College
B.A. Liberal Studies, The University of the State of New York
Selected Publications:

Gauisus: Selected Scholarship on Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University, 2004-2009. "LGBTQ Students Experience Illinois State University as Benignly Heteronormative" by Paula Ressler and Diane Zosky.

English Journal 98 (4), March 2009, EJ in Focus. "Sexual Identity and Gender Variance: Meeting the Educational Challenges."

English Journal 98 (4), March 2009. "An LGBT/Queer Glossary." Co-author with Becca Chase.

Conference on English Education Commission on Social Justice (2009). CEE position statement: Beliefs about social justice in English education. First Biennial CEE Conference. Chicago: CEE

National Council of Teachers of English Position Statement. (2007). Resolution on strengthening teacher knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. New York: NCTE.

English Journal 98 (4), March 2009.  "Sexual Identity and Gender Variance."  Guest co-editor.

“Race & Sexual Orientation in Multicultural Feminist Teacher Education.” Troubling Intersections of Race & Sexuality: Queer Students of Color and Anti-Oppressive Education. Ed. Kevin K. Kumashiro. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001, 179-95.

Dramatic Changes: Talking about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with High School Students through Drama. Heinemann, 2002. Distinguished Book Award, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, 2003.

 “Challenging Normative Sexual and Gender Identity Beliefs through Romeo and Juliet.” NCTE: English Journal. 95.1 (September 2005).

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