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Jenn Manak, PhD

Professor and Reading/ESOL Coordinator

Jenn Manak

Dr. Manak teaches literacy courses infused with strategies to support culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with learning needs. Her research interests include transdisciplinary education, culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies, and education for sustainable development.

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Professor, Department of Education | Rollins College
August 2023 - present

Associate Professor, Department of Education | Rollins College
August 2017 - present

Associate Professor, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education | Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
September 2009 - August 2017

Part-time Faculty | Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
January - December 2008

Literacy Consultant | F.D. Roosevelt Elementary, Boston, MA
September 2007 - June 2008

Graduate Teaching Assistant | University of Florida
Spring 2006

Teacher - Fourth Grade (Team Leader) & Fifth Grade | Hidden Oak Elementary, Gainesville, FL
August 2002 - August 2006.

Teacher - First Grade | Hidden Oak Elementary, Gainesville, FL
June 2001 - August 2002

Barrett-Tatum, J., Shimek, C., Manak, J. Bahlmann Bollinger, C., and Wellman, D. (2023) "Where Does the Buck Stop? A Framework Analysis of Systematic Barriers and Supports to Effective Literacy Instructional Practices," Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, 8 (3).

Manak, J., Bahlmann Bollinger , C., Shimek, C., Barrett-Tatum, J., & Wellman, D. (2022). Comprehensive Literacy Instruction within Classroom Contexts: Teachers’ Perceptions of Best Practices for Literacy. Current Issues in Education, 23(2).

Manak, J. (2022). My journey as an educator: Balancing motherhood and academia. In A. Broemmel, & N. Vines (Eds.), Teacher Reflections on Transitioning From K-12 to Higher Education Classrooms (pp. 208-224). IGI Global.

Puig, E., & Manak, J. (2022). The intersection of learning and leading: The need for transdisciplinary literacy coaching. Literacy Today, 39(4), 12-14.

Manak, J., & Puig, E. (2021). Florida’s B.E.S.T standards and transdisciplinary learning at the crossroads of instruction. The Florida Literacy Journal, 2(2), 41-53.

Manak, J., & Puig, E. (2021). Enhancing the STEM framework: Combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with stamina, transdisciplinarity, engagement, and mindfulness prepares students for real-world problems. Science and Children, 58(6), 82-85.

Manak, J., & Wellman, D. (2021). Stories in rhyme and novels in verse. Children’s Literature Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association.

Brieske-Ulenski, A., & Manak, J. (2019). Refocusing on writing instruction: Navigating the 2017 ILA standards for literacy professionals. American Reading Forum Yearbook: A Focus on Writing: Ending the Neglected R Era, 39, 108-126.

Manak, J., & Wong, J. (2018). Poetry in a chocolate bar: Finding beautiful language in everyday life. Dragon Lode, 36(2), 11-13.
Liu, X., Manak, J., Miller, S., Shanahan, J., Tan, J., & Yu, C. (2015). Research-Informed Practice, Practice Informed Research: The Integral Role of Undergraduate Research in Professional Disciplines, Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 35 (4), 6-16.
Manak, J. & Shanahan, J. (2015). Learning to SOAR: Partnering with Underrepresented Students in Research, Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education, 16.
Manak, J. & Young, G. (2014). Incorporating Undergraduate Research into Teacher Education: Preparing Thoughtful Teachers through Inquiry-Based Learning, Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 35 (2), 35-38.
Manak, J. (2012). Exploring the American Revolution from Multiple Perspectives: Integrating Children’s Literature into the Social Studies Curriculum, Reading Today, 14-15.
Manak, J. (2011). IRA outstanding dissertation award for 2011 - The social construction of intertextuality and literary understanding: The impact of interactive read-alouds on the writing of third graders during writing workshop, Reading Research Quarterly, 46 (4), 309-311.
Manak, J. (2009). The Impact of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Mice & Beans on Young Writers. Journal of Children’s Literature, 35 (1), 23-31.
Shorey, M., Manak, J., & Correia, M. (2008/2009). Recommended Children’s Books. Massachusetts Reading Association Primer, 38 (2), 55-56.
Manak, J. & Wong, J. (2018). Poetry in a Chocolate Bar: Finding Beautiful Language in Everyday Life. Dragon Lode.

  • RED 309
  • RED 371
  • RED 409
  • RED 409L
  • RED 100
  • RFLA 100

  • Board Member and Newsletter Editor, Florida Literacy Association
    Vice-Chair and Councilor – Education Division, Council on Undergraduate Research
    Board Member and Website Developer, Children’s Literature and Reading SIG – ILA
  • Member & Councilor – Education Division, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Member & Website Liaison, Children’s Literature & Reading SIG - ILA
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English
  • Member, Children’s Literature Assembly
  • Member, International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Member, American Reading Forum
    Member, Literacy Research Association