Visiting Assistant Professor
Transition to TeachingCurriculum and Instruction
Chea Parton is a visiting assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Transition to Teaching Program. She is from a tiny town in central Indiana and former English teacher in a rural Indiana school. She is currently working on publishing her first book Country Teachers in City Schools: Negotiating Identity and Place with Rowman & Littlefield.
- Ph.D. — Language & Literacy, University of Texas at Austin
- MS.Ed. — English Education, Purdue University
- B.A. — English, Purdue University
Limited Term Lecturer, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
- 2020 – 2022
Adjunct Faculty, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Assistant Professor of Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- 2016 – 2020
Graduate research and Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- 2013 – 2016
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
- 2010 – 2013
High school English teacher, Southern Wells High School, Poneto, IN
- Runner-up American Educational Research Association Rural SIG’s Dissertation of the Year Award for Country-fied city or city-fied country?”: The Impact of Place on Rural Out-Migrated Literacy Teachers’ Identities and Practices (2020)
- Dean’s Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
- National Council of Teachers of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Literacy Research Association (LRA)
- Selection Committee for the Whippoorwill Book Award for Rural Young Adult Literature
Research interests include rural representation in young adult literature, the preparation of rural English teachers to teach reading and writing, teacher identity development, disruptive qualitative inquiry, and case study.
Guest Edited Journal Issues
- Parton, C., & Kuehl, R. (forthcoming). Rural YA-themed special issue of Study & Scrutiny.
- Parton, C., & Azano, A. P. (2022). Rural-themed special issue of English Education.
- Parton, C. (forthcoming). Country teachers in city schools: The challenge of negotiating identity and place. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Parton, C. (in press). Who we are where we are: Teaching YAL through a place-based lens. In S. Bickmore, H. Strickland, and S. Graber’s How young adult literature gets taught: Perspectives, ideologies, and pedagogical approaches for instruction and assessment. Routledge.
- Parton, C. (accepted). Filmmaking and Mythicality: Exploring place and community with The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. In B. Maldonado’s Arts integration and young adult literature: Connecting stories through art to create knowledge and deepen understanding.
- Parton, C. (2021). A bleak picture?: Critical pedagogy of place and fingerpainting with Sadie. In L. Pitre & B. Maldonado (Eds.) Empowering student voice through arts integration and young adult literature. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Spanke, J. & Parton, C. (2018). More than left, right, up, down: Teaching tensions in content-area literacy methods courses. In H. Hallman, K. Pastore, & D. Pasternak (Eds.) Pedagogies in Context: Current issues in teaching the English language arts methods course pp. 133-144. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Parton, C. (2018). “My mother is a fish”: Exploring death and grief through As I Lay Dying. In M. Falter & S. Bickmore (Eds.) When loss gets personal: Discussing death through literature in the secondary English classroom. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Parton, C. (2016). Revisionist films: Detaching from teacher as hero/savior. In M. Shoffner (Ed.) Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film: Saviors, Scapegoats and Schoolmarms. Routledge.
Journal Articles, Refereed
- Parton, C. (2022). Who’s ‘ere?: Identifying and addressing rural erasure in ELA classrooms. Virginia English Journal, 71(2), Art. 2.
- Parton, C. (2022). Exploring place and class in the secondary ELA classroom. English Journal, 111(3), 27-33.
- Parton, C. (2022). Amplifying Rural Voices: Defining, reading, and writing rural stories. Montana English Journal, 43, Art. 3. https://scholarworks.umt.edu/mej/vol43/iss1/3/.
- Parton, C. (2021). “I think of my dog dying books”: Possible challenges to and suggestions for teaching contemporary rural YA literature in secondary ELA classrooms. Journal of Literacy Innovation, 5(2), 61-80.
- Spanke, J., & Parton, C. (2019). Suburban dreams: The American teenage experience in Netflix originals. Screen Education, 95, 100-109.
- Parton, C. (2022, July). Rural places have PRIDE: Increasing rural queer visibility through YA literature. Good Day! Magazine.
- Parton, C. (2022, April). ‘In the Wild Light’ highlights impact of rural upbringing. Good day! Magazine.
- Parton, C. (2022, January 15). Short story collection challenges stereotypes. Good day! Magazine.
- Parton, C. (2021). Reading ourselves: Rural experiences in young adult literature. The Daily Yonder.
- Parton, C. (2021, August 11). More than just setting: Reading and writing rural people and places in YAL [Blog post]. http://www.yawednesday.com/weekly-posts/more-than-just-setting-reading-and-writing-rural-people-and-places-in-yal-by-dr-chea-parton
- Parton, C. (2021, July 11). Hiding in plain sight: Rural students in sub/urban teacher preparation programs [Blog post]. http://www.ethicalela.com/hiding-in-plain-sight-rural-students-in-sub-urban-teacher-education-programs-by-chea-parton/
- Parton, C. (2021). Reading rural YAL. Podcast. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtGg_RkLd27tEvJL_DZH2lQ
- Parton, C. (2021, June 11). Literacy in place. Website. http://www.literacyinplace.com
- Parton, C., & Godfrey, V. (2019, November 20). Critically reading place in YA depictions of the rural [Blog post]. http://www.yawednesday.com/
- EDCI 58500 — Multicultural Education
- EDCI 59600 — Pedagogy I
- EDCI 59700 — Pedagogy II