Dr. Janet Alsup Re-Appointed Department Head of Curriculum & Instruction

Purdue University College of Education has announced the reappointment of Dr. Janet Alsup as Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction effective July 1, 2021 for a second three-year term.

“Dr. Alsup has been a trusted leader in our College,” said Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella, the Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education. “I have appreciated her conscientious and steadfast commitment to both departments over the past two years.”

Dr. Alsup joined Purdue College of Education in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of English Education and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2011. She earned her B.S.Ed. in English Education (1989), M.Ed. in English Education (1992), and a PhD in English Education (2000), all from University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2005, Dr. Alsup was awarded the Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, the University’s highest undergraduate teaching honor.

Dr. Alsup’s research interests include teacher education and professional identity development, the teaching of composition and literature in secondary schools, critical pedagogy, young adult literature, and qualitative and narrative inquiry. In 2007, her book Teacher Identity Discourses: Negotiating Personal and Professional Spaces won the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize.

Over the next three years of her term, Professor Alsup will help the department transition to an innovative, new curriculum focused on increased field experiences, community engagement, and enhanced opportunities for undergraduates to learn to teach diverse student populations. She will also continue to support and grow the department’s nationally ranked online master’s programs.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction focuses on preparing graduates to take on the challenges that face the field of education today. Faculty members regularly connect with local, state, national, and global communities to better serve the needs of society and conduct research that leads to new discoveries across the teaching and learning process.

Learn more about Purdue University College of Education: https://www.education.purdue.edu/

Learn more about Dr. Janet Alsup: https://www.education.purdue.edu/faculty-profiles/name/janet-alsup/

Source: Dr. Janet Alsup, (765) 494-7935, jalsup@purdue.edu

Writer: Conner Porter, porte143@purdue.edu