Penn State's College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature courses are taught by the same nationally recognized faculty.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, PhD
The author of more than a dozen books, Susan Bartoletti specializes in writing for children. Her publications include nonfiction titles such as They Called Themselves the KKK (Houghton 2010) and Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic 2005); fiction titles such as The Boy Who Dared (Scholastic 2008); and picturebooks such as Naamah and the Ark at Night, illustrated by Holly Meade (Candlewick 2011). Her awards include the Newbery Honor, the Sibert Award for Most Distinguished Informational Book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor, and the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for her body of nonfiction work. A former eighth-grade English teacher for eighteen years, she lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania.
Dan Hade, PhD
Dr. Hade is an associate professor of language and literacy education, specializing in literature for children and young adults. He has lectured across the country and in Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and South Korea. He is a former editor of the Journal of Children's Literature and serves on the editorial board of The Lion and the Unicorn. Prior to university teaching, he worked in schools in Iowa and Minnesota, where he taught fifth grade and was an elementary school library/media specialist, a gifted and talented teacher, and a junior high school basketball and track and field coach. His current research is children's literature, American culture, and national identity.
Lisa Hopkins, PhD
Dr. Hopkins is an assistant professor of education specializing in literature for children and teaches full time in the World Campus children's literature program. She joined the faculty at Penn State in 2007. Prior to her doctoral work at Penn State, she taught English, served as an academic adviser, and directed a reading/writing center at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. As a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, she taught freshman English composition and tutored in the reading/writing center. She has also worked as a technical writer for software development companies. Her research interests include multicultural poetry for children and the development of critical consciousness.
Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, PhD
Associate professor of education, language, and literacy education, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh's (McGill University) research interests include historical children's literature and culture, children's and youth popular culture, comparative media literacy and girlhood studies. A literary historian working with theoretical lenses drawn from cultural studies, children's studies, and feminist studies, she has co-edited and co-authored several books. Her most recent book is Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia (2007). She is a founding editor of a new journal called Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Women's Studies.
Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, PhD
Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is professor of language and literacy education specializing in children's and adolescent literature. Prior to joining Penn State, she was professor of English education in the Department of English at Bloomsburg University, where she taught literature and composition courses and coordinated the secondary English program. She has reviewed manuscripts for Children's Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tales, and has served on several award committees including Phoenix Award, Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS), and Children's Africana Book Award (CABA). She has served, or is currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Language Arts.
Her research interests include children’s and adolescent literature, African and African diaspora literature and texts, multicultural and global literatures, cultural studies, and adolescent literacies and critical pedagogy. She has published extensively, and has authored or co-edited several books, including Adolescents Rewrite their Worlds: Using Literature to Illustrate Writing Forms (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays of Adaptations of Familiar Stories (McFarland, 2013).