Janelle B. Mathis

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Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Matthews Hall 206-P
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940-565-2754
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janelle.mathis@unt.edu
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As a literacy educator at UNT since 1997, Janelle Mathis focuses her teaching and research on children’s and adolescent literature, especially works that are multicultural and international. She teaches courses at all levels that either focus on literature in the classroom or are undergirded by children's and adolescent literature. Her research interests, which often focus on response to literature and critical content analysis, are in the areas of the transactional theory of reader response, socio-cultural contexts for literacy teaching and learning, and critical literacy. She received her doctorate at the University of Arizona in the Department of Language, Reading, and Culture in 1994. She was a teaching assistant and adjunct at UA, and she also taught at Northern Illinois University prior to coming to UNT.

Selected Publications

Mathis, J. (2011) Multicultural Literature: Reading and responding within contemporary literacy contexts. In L. Albright & A. Bedford, A master class in teaching children's literature: Trends and issues in an evolving field (pp. 93-108). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Mathis, J. (2011). Bringing the global society into our classrooms: Insights into English language learners through children's and adolescent literature. In M.T. Cowart, & P, Dam (Eds.). Linguistic and cultural considerations for English language learners. Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. (2010). The garden still grows. Journal of Children's Literature, 36 (2).

Day, D., Austin, P., Levin, S., Mathis, J., McNair, J., Short, K., & Sullivan, E. (2009). Notable books for the English language arts. Journal of Children's Literature, 34 (2).

Ernst, S., & Mathis, J. (2008). Multicultural literature: Reading, writing, and responding within a “new” literacy context. Journal of Children's Literature, 34 (1),10-14.

Mathis, J. (2008). Nurturing a love of language through children's literature. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart (Eds.), Current Issues and best practice in bilingual and ESL education (pp.35-53). Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. A (2008) Review of Shattering the looking glass: Challenge, risk, and controversy in children's literature by S. Lehr. Journal of Children's Literature 34(2), 70.

Mathis, J., (2008). Critical reviews in on-line journal WOW Reviews (wowlit.org) of these international books:Sweetgrass Basket, Shin's Canoe, The Poet Slave of Cuba, A Biography of Juan Francesco Manzano, When I Grow Up I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize,.Memories of Survival. (The column also includes my Introduction and Editor's Note,)

Giorgis, C., Mathis, J., Bedford, A. (2007). Finding our stories through her stories: Strong females in the global tapestry. In N. Hadaway & M. McKenna (Eds.), Breaking boundaries with global literature, Celebrating diversity in K-12 classrooms (pp. 55-72). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Mathis, J., & Albright, L. (2007). Keeping the love of literature alive in this high-stakes testing environment. Journal of Children's Literature, 33(1), 14-19.

Mathis, J. (2007). Contemplating community through multicultural children's literature. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart (Eds.), Intercultural understanding (pp. 92-113). Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. (2006). Children's literature: Valuing and validating language and culture. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart, (Eds.), Cultural and linguistic issues for English language learners (pp. 142-166). Denton, TX: Texas Woman's University.

Mathis, J., Blackburn, S., Johnson, S., Sarker, A.,Taliaferro, C., & Walker, K. (2006). Professional resources: Instruction that invites involvement in the local community. Journal of Children's Literature, 30(2), 88-91.

Mathis, J. (2006). Shortening the path between theory and practice. Journal of Children's Literature, 30(1).

Mathis, J., & Patterson, L. (2005). Literacy to Inform and transform: Empowering lessons from children's literature. In C. Fairbanks, J. Worthy, B. Maloch, J. Hoffman, & D. Schallert (Eds.), 53rd Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 264-280). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.

Recent Conference Presentations

Mathis, J. (2012). Forced journeys: A conceptual framework to contemplate migration. Bi-Annual Congress of the International Board on Book for Young People, London, UK.

Mathis, J. (2011). Demonstrations of agency in international children's and adolescent literature: A critical content analysis across personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Literacy Research Society Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2011). Global perspectives enriched through international children's literature in middle school Spanish language classrooms. Literacy Research Society Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Mathis, J. (2011). Notable books for a global society: Critically engaging readers. 17th European Reading Conference, Mons, Belgium.

Mathis, J. (2011). Safe spaces in times of conflict: The Sweethearts of Rhythm at the intersection of music, poetry and the visual arts. Meeting of the International Research Society in Children's Literature, Brisbane, Australia.

Mathis, J. (2011). Insights into our diverse world through poets and poetry. Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, J. (2011). Joyful teaching - joyful learning: Discovering the pleasures and powers of language with notable children's and adolescent books. Meeting of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Richmond, VA.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2011). Artistic response to Latino/a literature: Exploring cultural transactions with text. Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, J. Knezick, L., Morton, T., Sanders, A., Shearer, R., & Stewart, M. (2010, December). Teachers as first responders in selecting literature for classroom use: Rosenblatt invites understandings into literature selections for contemporary classrooms. National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference, Ft. Worth, TX.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2010, September). Resilient children in international literature: Lessons in strength and agency. International Board on Books for Young People World Congress, Santiago, Spain.

Mathis, J. (2009, August). Insights into the global society through literacy events in children's literature. Meeting of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. Frankfurt, Germany.

Mathis, J. and members of the Committee on Notable Books for a Global Society (2009, May). Exploring the global society through reading, writing, and sharing children's and adolescent literature. Convention of the International Reading Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Mathis, J. (2009, February). Multiple pathways to global literacy: Breaking boundaries with literature. Convention of the International Reading Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Mathis, J. (2008, November). Preparing to teach citizens of the global community. Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, November). Notable books for the English language arts. Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, San Antonio, TX.

Mathis, J. (2008, October). Creating and positioning readers as democratic community members. Meeting of the College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, October). Alternate perspectives on representations of the past in recent children's/ adolescent literature. Meeting of the College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, September). Recent perspectives of historical events and social issues in children's and adolescent literature. Meeting of the International Board on Books for Young People, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mathis, J. (2008, July). Insights into our diverse world through poets and poetry. World Congress on Reading, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Mathis, J. et al. (2008, May). Engaging literacy learners with a global view. Children's Literature SIG, Convention of the International Reading Association, Atlanta, GA.

Mathis, J. et al. (2008, May). Children's literature and literacy: Side by side by side. Convention of International Reading Association, Atlanta, GA.

Current Activities in Professional Organizations

Vice President, US Board on Books for Young People

Board Member, US Board on Books for Young People

Past President, Children's Literature Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

Memberships

National Reading Conference

National Council of Teachers of English

International Reading Association

United States Board on Books for Young People

Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers

Children's Literature Assembly