Department of Secondary and Middle School Education

Darlene Russell, Ed.D.

Office:   Valley Road, 4011
Phone:   973-720-3487
Email:   russelld@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   Spring 2014: Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 pm & 9:00 - 10:00 pm and by appointment

Department: Secondary and Middle School Education
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: English Education, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Responsive Teaching

RESEARCH INTERESTS

English Education, Critical Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Urban Education, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, African American Students Schooling Experiences

Founder, Nurturing Culturally Responsive Equity Teachers (NCRET) Research Project. The Project is designed to groom selected undergraduate education students into culturally responsive teachers for social justice and equity. 

COURSES TAUGHT

BRI 109 - BASIC READING SKILLS/READING RATE

CIED 203 - TEACHING AS A PROFESSION

CISE 325 – TEACHING AS LEARNING

CISE 335 – WORKING WITHIN SCHOOLS: SCHOOLS AS INSTITUTIONS & COMMUNITIES

CISE 352 - PRACTICUM INTERNSHIP SEMINAR

CISE 412 – METHODS IN TEACHING SECONDARY ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

CISE 450 – RECKONING WITH THE PAST & PREPARING FOR A FUTURE IN EDUCATION

CISE 505 – HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF AMERICAN SCHOOLING

CISE 534 – TEACHING ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS

Co-Chair Elect (2013-2014), Research on Women and Education [sig] for American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Diversity Task Force Chair (2010-2013), Research on Women and Education [sig] for American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Appointed Program Co-Chair (2013), Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education (Section 2. Investigations of quality teaching of PK-12 students in the humanities and other content areas), American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Committee Member (2012-2013), Early Career Awards Committee, Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education), American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Invited Guest Speaker for Teaching Training (2010), Kigali Institute of Education in conjunction with the United States Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.

Invited Educational Research Delegate to South Africa (2009), American Educational Research Association (AERA) in conjunction with People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs (Delegation Leader: Dr. Carol Lee).

Recipient of the 2009 National Women Educators’ Activist Outstanding Curriculum Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG Research on Women in Education Committee (RWE). October 8, 2009.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book

Russell, D. (2012). Seeing the invisible: Reading literature through critical lenses. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Book Chapters 

Russell, D. (2011). The bluest eye and the power of culture scripts. In J.O. Milner & C. Pope (Eds.), Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom. Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English Press.

Russell, D. (2009). Having Ubuntu! Examining cultural perceptions to better practice citizenship and community in the classroom and beyond. In W. Davis (Ed.), Teaching for Social Justice. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Refereed Journals

Russell, D. (in press). Do you see what I see? Teaching the Critical Lens of Race in a College Remedial Course. International Journal of Information and Education Technology.

Russell, D. (2009). From Juicy to Rooftop and other lines in between: Teaching remedial reading to first year college students, Journal of Human Architecture, 7(1), 35-48.

Russell, D., Issak, T., & Seyfried, P. (2009). Plugging into iCulture: Shuffling Canonical Literature for Social and Cultural Relevant Teaching in the 21st Century Secondary English Classroom, Virginia English Review, 59(1), 61-70.

Russell, D. (2013). Letters from my father. ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness, 8(1), 12-13.

Russell, D. (2013). One Cent. ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness, 8(1), 140-142.

Russell, D. (2013). Pieces of Me. ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness, 8(1), 11-12.

Under review 

Russell, D., Hobson, L.D., & Baszile-Taliaferro, D. Rising Harriett Tubmans: Exploring intersectionality and African American women professors. In V. Winters-Evans & B. Love (Eds.), Endarkened Feminist Knowledge: Black Women Speak Back, Up, & Out

Russell, D. Being a Stake for Saplings: Best Field Supervision Practices for Content Area Specialists. Reflective Practice International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Funded Research in-progress 

Russell, D. “Ain’t No Stoppin”: Examining the Epistemologies and Instructional Practices of Two African-American Female Teachers of Students of Color in Urban Settings.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Russell, D. (2013). Examining the Experiences, Challenges and Resilience of Women and Immigration: Call for Manuscripts (Chaired and Presented, Diversity Task Force Plenary Session). Research on Women and Education (RWE) 39th Annual Conference, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 3, 2013.

Russell, D., James, C., & Rivera, N. (2013).“Teach them well, and let them lead the way”: Using Critical Lenses to Teach English and History. Urban Sites Network Conference (National Writing Project), Birmingham, Alabama. April 27, 2013. 

Russell, D. & James, C.(2012). To be young, full of promise, and female: Examining the impact of culturally responsive teaching on college readiness in female students, Research on Women and Education (RWE) 38th Annual Conference, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 20, 2012.

Russell, D. (2012). Immigration: Women, Families, and the Law (Chaired and Presented, Diversity Task Force Plenary Session). Research on Women and Education (RWE) 38th Annual Conference, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 18, 2012.

Baszile-Taliaferro, D., Russell, D., & Hobson, L.D. (2012). Intersectionality and the Research Roles of African American Women Professors, Critical Race Studies in Education Association Annual Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, May 31-June 2, 2012.