College of Arts and Sciences

English Education Faculty

English Education Methods courses are taught by full-time faculty who have doctorates in Education and have taught in a variety of school settings. They have been recognized for their excellence in teaching at not only the University but nationally and internationally. Faculty have received awards in Teaching Excellence, Teaching with Technology, a Fulbright Teaching Award, and a variety of research grants. They are active in state and national English Teacher organizations. English Education faculty work closely with students to foster a community of learning in and outside the classroom.

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buchananRebekah Buchanan
Associate Professor
Director of English Education


Dr. Rebekah Buchanan teaches English Education, Basic Writing, and Professional Writing Courses, and leads a Harry Potter Study Abroad course. She was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Roving Scholar to Norway where she spent a year conducting workshops on United States history, culture, and politics to students and teachers in upper secondary schools (videregående skoles) across Norway.

Her research focuses on feminism, activism, and literacy practices in youth culture, specifically through zines and music. She has written  Writing a Riot: Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics  (Peter Lang, 2018). In addition, she has published articles on popular culture in the classroom, youth’s out of school literacy practices, music-based pedagogy, punk, and creating writing programs for dissertators.

Buchanan Co-Directs the Institute for Social Justice Pedagogies at WIU and does literacy work on and off-campus. She also does writing workshops in area prisons, jails, and youth detention centers.

Currently, she is working on projects around teaching in Norway, Norwegian prison education, and reading and activism in the Harry Potter series. You can learn more about her research and work at .



Alisha White
Associate ProfessorAlisha White

Dr. Alisha White brings her interest in the arts, young adult literature, and Disability Studies to her English Education courses at Western Illinois University. She teaches English Education, College Writing, and Literature. She was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Her scholarship in Disability Studies analyzes disability representation in young adult literature presents a rationale for including young adult novels with disabled characters in curriculum and classroom libraries. She was awarded Best in Track from the WIU Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research’s Faculty Research and Creative Activities Awards for her research about the college experiences of students with disabilities. She is currently working on a blog series analyzing substance abuse, treatment, and recovery in graphic novels.

She has published articles on secondary teachers bringing image and drama into their classrooms. Her chapter in A Symphony of Possibilities: A Handbook for Arts Integration in Secondary English Classrooms discusses possibilities and tensions in using creative and visual responses to literature. Her current research is with secondary English teachers who integrate the arts in their curriculum and how they adapted curriculum and instructional methods during the pandemic.

Dr. White can be reached at



Contact Information

English Education Program
Department of English
1 University Circle
124 Simpkins Hall
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone: 1 (309) 298-1511

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