Dr. Paula Ressler

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • ENG 128Sec 8 Gender In Humanities
  • ENG 348Sec 1 Playwriting
  • 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 - 1999
  • New York University
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Queer Issues in Multicultural Teacher Education: Towards an Anti-Homophobic Educational Practice
  • MA Theater in Education - 1974
  • Goddard College
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: An Historical Study of Twentieth-Century Political Theatre
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Ressler, P. & Zosky, D. (2010). LGBTQ students experience Illinois State University as benignly heteronormative. Gauisus Normal, IL: Illinois State University

  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Grant Writing Mentorship Award
  • Research and Sponsored Programs
  • 2011
  • Strand Diversity Achievement Award. Illinois State University
  • 2007
  • Illinois Association of Teachers of English Paul Jacobs Research Award
  • 2005
  • Illinois Association of Teachers of English Paul Jacobs Research Award
  • 2005
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop Grant
  • 2004
  • American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Book Award. Dramatic Changes: Talking about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with High School Students through Drama
  • 2003
  • Illinois State University Service Initiative Award
  • 2002
  • New York University, “Women’s Studies Commission Doctoral Dissertation Award.”
  • 1999