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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.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
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 

EDUCATION 

  • 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

PUBLICATIONS

  • “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).

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • “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

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • “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 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 

  • 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 

COLLEGE and DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
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

UNION SERVICE

  • 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 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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

COURSES TAUGHT

  • 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 

CONSULTING and GRANTS

  • 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 

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

TEACHING and RESEARCH INTERESTS
Basic writing, composition and rhetoric, community college pedagogy, race and college writing programs