LTCY Faculty & Staff

Donna Werderich

Corrine Wickens

TITLE: Assistant Professor
Literacy Education
AREA: Faculty
OFFICE: Graham Hall 119J
PHONE: (815) 753-8485
FAX: (815) 753-8563
E-MAIL: cwickens@niu.edu

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Texas A & M University
  • M.Ed., Texas A & M University
  • B.A., Indiana University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Dr. Wickens teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary content area literacy instruction. Her research interests examine the intersections of sexuality and schooling, adolescent literacy, and young adult literature.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Wickens, C. M. (2011). Codes, silences, and homophobia: Challenging normative assumptions about gender and sexuality in Contemporary YA fiction. Children's Literature in Education, 42(2), 333-348.
  • Wickens, C.M. (2011, July-August). The investigation of power in written texts through the use of multiple textual analytic frames. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(4).
  • Wickens, C. M. & Wedwick, L. (2011, May). Where’s the inclusive literature: Four recent novels, four timely themes. Voices from the Middle, 19(2).
  • Koss, M. D., Wickens, C.M. & Walther, C.S. (Winter 2010-2011). Censorship and controversial materials in Chicagoland middle and high schools. Illinois Council of Reading Journal, 39(3).
  • Wickens, C. M. & Sandlin, J.A (2010). Homophobia and heterosexism in a college of education: a culture of fear, a culture of silence. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23(6), 651-670.
  • Wickens, C. M. (2010). The denial of sexuality and the power of censorship. In G.S. Cannella & L. D. Soto (Eds.), Childhoods: A Handbook (pp. 281-290). NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Wickens, C. M. (2009). Social spaces, hierarchies and regulations in LGBTQ young adult fiction. In K. M. Leander & D. W. Rowe (Eds.) 58th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 348-361). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.
  • Wickens, C. M. & Sandlin, J.A. (Aug., 2007). Literacy for what? Literacy for whom?: The politics of literacy education and neocolonialism in UNESCO and World Bank-sponsored literacy programs. Adult Education Quarterly, 57, 4, 275-292.
  • Sandlin, J.A., Milam, J., & Wickens, C.M. (Summer, 2007). “Spend smart, live rich?”: Towards understanding the politics of consumer education in the popular culture lifestyle magazine Budget Living. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 4, 1, 113-135.
  • Embrick, D.G., Walther, C.S., & Wickens, C.M. (June, 2007). Working class masculinity: Keeping gay men and lesbians out of the workplace. Sex Roles, 56, 757-766.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

  • Wickens, C. M. (2012, June). Postmodern identities: Moving beyond labels in gender and sexuality in LGBTQ Texts. Paper presented at Children's Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  •  Cohen, J. A., & Wickens, C. M. (2012, April). Influence of teachers’ perspectives on their English Learners in their classrooms. Paper presented at International Reading Association, Chicago, IL.
  •  Cohen, J. A., & Wickens, C. M. (2011, November). Perspectives of three undocumented adolescent immigrants. Paper presented at National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.
  •  Wickens, C. M. (2011, April). Exploring power in written texts through multiple analytic texts. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wickens, C.M. & Wedwick, L. (December, 2010). Distinguishing LGBTQ literature for middle grades. A paper presented at Literacy Research Association (formerly known as National Reading Conference). Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Wickens, C.M., Koss, M.D., Walther, C. S. (October, 2010). The right to literacy, the right to teach, and the need to protect: An investigation of controversial materials and curricular challenges in greater Chicago middle & high schools. A paper presented at Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference. Akron, Ohio.
  • Wickens, C.M. (April, 2010). Medial vowels, Freudian slips, & coded language: Challenging normative assumptions about gender and sexuality in contemporary LGBTQ young adult fiction. A paper presented at Midwest Conference on Language, Literacy, and Media. DeKalb, Illinois.
  • Wickens, C.M. (April, 2009). Challenges to traditional sexual and gender roles in LGBTQ fiction. Presented at American Education Research Association. San Diego, CA.
  • Wickens, C.M. (December, 2008). Social spaces, hierarchies, and regulations in LGBTQ young adult fiction. Presented at National Reading Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Wickens, C.M. & Sandlin, J.A. (April, 2007). Adult literacy education as neocolonialism? A critical analysis of the politics of UNESCO- and World Bank-sponsored literacy programs. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL
  • Sandlin, J.A., Milam, J. & Wickens, C.M. (April, 2006). Budget living and the politics of consumer education in popular culture. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, California.
  • Wickens, C.M. (April, 2005). A culture of silence, a culture of fear: An examination of homophobia and heterosexism in a southwest state college of education. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association. Montreal, Canada.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2008 Qualitative Research SIG (AERA) Dissertation of the Year Award
  • Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning Fellowship 2006-2007- $25,000

COURSES CURRENTLY TEACHING

  • LTRE 311 Content Area Literact Instruction
  • LTRE 511 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas