William Broz
Awards and Distinctions:
  • Column editor forThe ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) Review, 2003-2009.
  • English Journals2002 Edwin M. Hopkins Award for the outstanding article by a college professor to appear inEnglish Journalover the previous two years.
  • 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Council of Teachers of English for contributions to English Education in Iowa.

Books Published:

  • Teaching Writing Teachers(a collection of original chapters by writing methods course teachers from around the country), William Broz and Robert Tremmel (eds.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002.

Book Chapters Published:

  • Reasons for Writing/Reasons for Grading: Conceptual Approaches for Processing Student Papers in English Classes.More Ways to Handle the Paper Load. Ed. Jeff Golub. Urbana: NCTE, 2005.
  • Personal and Distant Mentors (book chapter on teaching writing methods for pre-service secondary English teachers).Teaching Writing Teachers. Eds. William Broz and Robert Tremmel. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002.
  • “A Pedagogy of Community and Collaboration: A Beginning.Teaching in the 21st Century: Adapting Writing Pedagogies to the College Curriculum.Eds. Alice Robertson and Barbara Smith. New York: Falmer Press, 1999.

Research Articles (refereed):

  • Supporting Am I Blue: A Rural Midwestern Reconsideration Committee and School Board Vote to Take No Action to Remove Am I Blue (article on censorship). Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy of the International Reading Association, February, 2002.
  • Hope and Irony: Annie on My Mind (article on adolescent literature and sexual orientation). English Journal, July 2001. [Winner ofEnglish JournalsEdwin M. Hopkins Award for the outstanding article by a college professor to appear inEnglish Journalover the previous two years,2002.]
  • “Vygotsky and the Bad Speller’s Nightmare” (article on literacy). English Journal80.8 (1991): 65-70.
  • “10 Reasons to Write for Your Students.”English Journal77.5 (1988): 73-76.
  • “Lessons from a Country School” (article on remedial reading and peer tutoring). English Journal 73.8 (1984): 36-37.

Current Position:

  • Associate Professor of English Education, Department of English,University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Coordinator of English Education, beginning Fall 2007, teaching childrens and adolescent literature and secondary English methods.

Past Positions:

  • Associate Professor of English, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, 2000-2007, teaching composition, literature, methods of teaching writing, and the personal essay.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Journalism, Coordinator of English Education, Western Illinois University, 1997-2000, teaching writing and English education.
  • Teacher of High School English and composition in Iowa, 1972-1997


  • Ph.D., English Education, The University of Iowa, December 1996
  • Fields of concentration: English Education, composition pedagogy and theory
  • Dissertation: “Growing Reflective Practitioners: Metaphor, Ritual, and Symbol– Knowledge for Teacher Change in a Summer Writing Project” (Committee Members: Bonnie Sunstein, chair; James Marshall, Richard Lloyd-Jones, and Anne DiPardo)
  • M.A.,English Education, The University of Iowa 1976
  • B.A.,English, The University of Iowa 1972

Studied Under:

  • Fiction: Denis Johnson and Gail Godwin
  • Poetry: Denis Johnson and Gerald Stern
  • Literary Nonfiction: Carl Klaus
  • Books for Young Adults: G. Robert Carlsen
  • Academic Writing in Literary Studies: Richard Lloyd-Jones, John Gerber, Bonnie Sunstein, James Marshall


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