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Jenn Manak, PhD

Associate Professor and Reading/ESOL Coordinator

Jenn Manak

Dr. Manak teaches literacy courses infused with strategies to support culturally and linguistically diverse students.  Her research interests include the interconnected nature of reading and writing instruction, the impact of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies on diverse students' literacy learning, and education in Latin America.

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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

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 409
  • RED 409L

  • 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)