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Academic Programs
Professor Jason Evans

Professor Jason Evans

Jason EvansJason C. Evans
Professor of Developmental Writing and English
Coordinator of Developmental Writing and Reading
Email: jevans@prairiestate.edu 
Office: 2227
Phone: (708) 709-7852
Fall 2018 office hours: MTWTh: 10 - 11 a.m., T: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL 

  • Professor of Developmental English and Writing, 2013-Present 
  • Developmental English and Reading Coordinator, 2017-Present 
  • English Department Chair, 2007-2012 & 2014-2015 
  • English Department Coordinator, 2007-2011 & Fall 2015 
  • English Department Co-Chair, English, 2006-2007
  • Associate Professor of Developmental English and Writing, 2006-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Developmental English and Writing, 2003-2005

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 

  • Instructor, Department of English, Summer 2014

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Master of Arts Program in Humanities, 2009-2011, 2013-2015 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Master of Arts Program in Humanities, Winter 2008 
  • Visiting Lecturer, Master of Arts Program in Humanities, Winter 2006

Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH 

  • Adjunct Professor, Developmental Writing, 2002 


  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    PhD, 2012
    Dissertation: Other People’s Students: Elaborated Codes and Dialect in Basic Writing
  • University of Chicago
    Master of Arts, 2002
    Thesis: Hoping, Doubting Faith: The Ethics of Form and Content in E.L. Doctorow’s City of God
  • Milligan College
    Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities, magna cum laude, 2001


  • “Living in Contradiction: Translingual Writing Pedagogies and the Two-Year College.”
    In On Teacher Neutrality, edited by Daniel P. Richards. Utah State University Press (forthcoming).
  • “To Live with It: Assessing an Accelerated Basic Writing Pilot Program from the Perspective of Teachers.”
    BWe 14.1 (2016).
  • “Structuring the Color Line through Composition.”
    Open Words 6.1 (2012).


  • “Teaching about African American English in First-Year Composition” (co-presentation)
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO, March 2018
  • “The Working Classes and Translanguaging”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, March 2017
  • "Idea in Progress: Humanizing Assessment” (co-presentation)
    Illinois Community College Assessment Fair, Waubonsee Community College, IL, February 2015
  •  “I Must Teach You That I Have Nothing to Teach You”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014
  • “Digital Coaching for Measurable Outcomes in Basic Writing”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, April 2012 
  • “The Role for Ambiguity in the Basic Skills Writing Classroom”
    National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL, November 2011
  • “Our Conflicted Bourgeois Values: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Capitalism”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 2011
  • “Structuring the Color Line through Composition” 
    Allerton Articulation Conference, Monticello, IL, April 2009
  • “We Shall Then Kill Socrates, Again” (co-presentation) 
    Illinois Community College Assessment Fair, Waubonsee Community College, IL, March 2008 
  • “Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do for Developmental Educators” (co-presentation) 
    League for Innovation in the Community College, New Orleans, LA, March 2007
  • “Dignity and Discourse in the Developmental Writing Classroom” 
    Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, IL, April 2006 
  • “Reading, Writing, and Socialization, or Hello, Life of the Mind” (co-presentation) 
    Learning Communities and Collaboration Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2005


  • “Accelerating Basic Writing: Update on Pilot Study at Prairie State College” (co-presentation) 
    Southland Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, Governors State University, April 2017
  • “Cowering before the God of Data”  One Book/One Community, Prairie State College, December 2015
  • “‘Accelerating’ Basic Writing: A Pilot Study at Prairie State College” 
    Southland Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, Prairie State College, March 2015
  • “Not Just the Facts: Reporting and Reading about the Suffering of Others”
    Village of Steger/South Chicago Heights Public Library, Village of Matteson Public Library, and Prairie State College, April 2013
  • “Teaching in the Community College”
    English Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago, April 2013
  • “Preparing for the ‘Underprepared’”
    Better Teaching Workshops, Prairie State College, February 2013
  • “Developing Developmental Educators”
    South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, February 2013
  • “English 099 at Prairie State College”
    College Changes Everything, Tinley Park, IL, July 2012
  • “Adjuncting and Teaching in Community Colleges” 
    2012 GradUCon Graduate Student Development Conference, University of Chicago, January 2012
  • “Writing a Scholarship Application Essay” 
    Hispanic Heritage Month, Prairie State College, October 2011
  • “Teaching in the Community College”
    Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Chicago, September 2011 
  • “Teaching Grammar in an Age of Progressive Pedagogy”
    Mile 8 Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, October 2010
  • Respondent to Douglas Hesse’s lecture “Scholars or Citizens, Workers or Poets?”
    Distinguished Lecture Series, Governors State University, IL, November 2007
  • “Dysfunction Junction,” “Welcoming Students to the Academic Community” (co-presentations)
    Roundtable Workshops, Prairie State College, Fall 2006-Spring 2007
  • “Evaluating the New English 099” (co-facilitation)
    October Tune-Ups, Prairie State College, October 2005
  • Assorted poems
    Nine Writers Reading, University of Chicago MA Program in the Humanities, May 2005
  • “Applying Writing Theories” (co-presentation)
    Summer Institute, Prairie State College, May 2005
  • “The New English 099: Title III Changes” (co-presentation)
    March Workshops, Prairie State College, March 2005
  • “Learning Communities and Writing” (co-presentation)
    Prairie State College Spring Faculty Convocation, Prairie State College, January 2005
  • “Writing and Democracy, or Why Do I Have to Take This Class?”
    Mornings with the Professors Series, Prairie State College, November 2003
  • “Romeo Bengal and Hindi Juliet: An Indian Reads Shakespeare”
    Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference, Lee University, TN, Spring 1999 


  • Council on Basic Writing, Executive Board, 2013-Present
  • Editorial Board, BWe, 2013-Present
  • Peer reviewer, Journal of Writing Assessment, 2018
  • Organizing Committee, Illinois Community College Assessment Fair, 2017
  • Participant, PARCC Postsecondary Educators’ Judgment Study, 2014
  • Reviewer, Blueprints for Writing: Building Essays (Wadsworth, 2014)
  • Illinois P-20 Council, Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Steering Committee, 2012-2013
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, session chair, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2017
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education, Faculty Advisory Council, 2010-2012 

Prairie State College

  • Facilitator, New Faculty Seminar, 2017-Present
  • Curriculum Committee member, 2017-Present
  • Reaccreditation: Criterion 3 Committee member, 2016-Present Assessment Council member, 2016-2018
  • Chair, College-Wide General Education Learning Outcomes Committee, 2012-2017
  • Faculty Development Committee member, 2012-2017
  • Chair, English 099 Re-design Committee, 2014
  • Curriculum Specialist for federal Title III grant, 2004-2006
  • Faculty Advisor to All Latin Alliance, 2004-2006
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committee for full-time faculty positions in English
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committee for full-time faculty positions in English as a Second Language
  • Chair and Peer Member, Faculty Tenure Committees


  • Prairie State College Federation of Teachers, Illinois Federation of Teachers Local 3816
    • Grievance Chair, 2013-Present
    • Vice-President, 2006-2008
    • Negotiation team member for 2006-2009, 2015-2017, and 2017-2020 Faculty/Board Contracts 


  • Council on Basic Writing
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers 


  • Clark State Community College
    • Developmental 071 – Fundamental English
  • Loyola University Chicago
    • English 404 – Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
  • Prairie State College
    • English 097 – Fundamental
    • English I English 098 – Fundamental
    • English II English 099 – Fundamental
    • English III Reading 099 – Fundamental Reading III
    • English 101 – Composition I
    • English 102 – Composition II
    • English 243 – Non-Western Literature (new course)
    • English 252 – Introduction to Drama
    • English 262 – Western/World Literature II
    • Theatre 101 – Introduction to Theatre
  • University of Chicago
    • MAPH 47600 – Teaching in the Community College 


  • Global Skills for College Completion
    • Faculty Coach, 2012-2013
    • Faculty Fellow, 2010-2012
  • Beecher High School English Department
    • Consultant for Curriculum Development and Assessment, 2010 

John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, League for Innovation, 2015

Basic writing, composition and rhetoric, community college pedagogy, race and college writing programs