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Mary Beth Cancienne, Ph.D., Professor of English Education

Office: Memorial Hall 3240C
Email: cancieme@jmu.edu
Resume

Mary Beth Cancienne, PhD, is professor of English education at James Madison University in the Middle and Secondary Education Department in the College of Education. She was honored in 2017-2018 as the Distinguished Teacher and in 2011- 2012 as the Madison Scholar. She teaches courses in high school English methods and accompanying high school practicum, Curriculum and Co-Curriculum, Foundations of American Education, student teaching, and seminar. In 1999, she cofounded the Arts and Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts in Education SIG with the American Education Research Association. She has also published in such academic journals as the Virginia English Journal, Qualitative Inquiry, Theory into Practice, the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. Her chapters appear in such books as the Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research (2007) and Knowing Differently (2008). Additionally, she co-edited, with C. Bagley, a book and CD-ROM titled Dancing the Data (2002, Peter Lang).

Dr. Cancienne's google scholar page.

Recent Publications

De Fazio, G., Cancienne, M.B., Taylor Jaffee, A., Hegg, K., Kaye, E., & Wilson N.  (2021). Critical Digital Pedagogy and Civic Education: The Experience of the Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia Project, Scholé. Rivista di Educazione e Studi Culturali. Forthcoming.  

Cancienne, M. B., Coleman, B., Gilliam, K., & Gooden, K. (2021). All American Boys, The Hate U Give, and The Great Gatsby: The process and product of multi-genre in a high school methods course, Virginia English Journal, 71(1), 8-15.  Cancienne, M. B. (2019). Using metaphorical thinking to understand a literary archetype: The hero's journey. Virginia English Journal, 69(1), 59-71.

Cancienne, M.B. (2018). Embodying Macbeth: Incantation, visualization, improvisation, and characterization. In C. A. Mullen (Ed.), Creativity under duress in education: Resistive theories, practices, and actions (pp. 361-381). New York: Springer.

Cancienne, M.B. (2018, Winter). Reflections of an English methods professor: Storying six years of course development and revisions. Virginia English Journal, 67(2), 42-49.

Cancienne, M.B. (2017, Winter). This I believe II: Teaching English methods. Virginia English Journal 66(2), 4-13.

Cancienne, M.B. (2016, Summer). Movement, visualization, and drawing to inspire pre-writing within the writing process: Strategies as a precursor to personal writing. Virginia English Journal 66(1), 4-12.

Recent Conference Presentations

Kaye, E., Cancienne, M.B., Thompson, L., Hegg, K., Wilson, N., Mlodynia, K., Taylor Jaffee, A. (2021, October). Teaching hard histories for racial healing: The lynching in Virginia curriculum project presented at the Open Education Conference.  

Cancienne, M.B., Gabbin, J., Coleman, B., Gilliam, K. (2021, November). Teaching African American Poetry using the Furious Flower Digital Archive: Antiracist Curriculum for Teaching Equity and Justice. A teaching demonstration presented at the National Conference of Teachers of English (Online).  

Cancienne, M.B., Jones, R., Bloxom, R. (2021, October). Teaching hard histories for racial healing: The lynching in Virginia curriculum project presented at the Virginia Association of Teachers of English conference in Charlottesville, Va. 

Adler, A., Bector, R.,  Bloxom, R., Cancienne, M.B., Jone, R., Rogers, J., Stegner, E., Stone, A.,  Taylor Jaffee, A. (2021). Teaching hard histories for racial healing: The lynching in Virginia curriculum project presented at the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies conference in February 2021, Harrisonburg, Va. 

Cancienne, M. B., Coleman, B., Gabbin, J., Gilliam, K., Gooden, K., & Maginnis, C. (2020). Teaching African-American poetry using the Furious Flower digital archive: A confluence of language, literacy, and culture accepted for a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference scheduled in November 2020. (Did not present due to the pandemic/Conference moved to an online format).

Cancienne, M. B., Godfrey, Hardy, D., M., Jacob, L., Jones, R., Law, S. (2020, February). Preserving the past and shaping the future of Black poetry with the Furious Flower Poetry Center’s digital archive. A panel discussion presented at the meeting of the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, Harrisonburg, Va.

Cancienne, M. B., Coleman, B., Gilliam, K., & Gooden, K., (2019, November). The Hate You Give, All-American Boys, and American Born Chinese: Multicultural Multi-Genre Projects with a Focus on Theme and Voice in Writing. Presentation and panel discussion presented at the meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD.

Cancienne, M. B., & Godfrey, M. (2019, November). Innovating the Archives: Digitizing Black Poetry with the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Presentation presented at the meeting of the American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI.

Cancienne, M. B., Godfrey, M., Jacob, L., M., Jones, N., Law, S., McCarthy, S. (2019, September). Furious Flower: Innovating the Archive. Presentation and Panel Discussion presented at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/124131646

Cancienne, M. B. (2019, September). Innovating the Furious Flower Poetry Center Digital Archives: Lesson Plans Inspired by the 1994 Furious Flower Conference honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. A teaching demonstration presented at the meeting of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English.

Cancienne, M. B. (2019, October). The Furious Flower Digital Archive: Lessons from African-American Poets. A teaching demonstration presented at the meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Cancienne, M.B., & Bagley, C. (2019, April). The Arts & Inquiry’s 20th Anniversary: The vital role the Arts & Inquiry SIG has played in creating a space for the visual and performing arts with AERA. An invited presentation at the Arts & Inquiry SIG Business Meeting at the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Education

University of Virginia, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University, B.A. in English

Courses Taught at JMU

MSSE 570: Content Area Methods of Teaching in High School: English 9-12
MSSE 571: Content Area Field Experiences in High School: English 9-12
MSSE 607: Middle and Secondary School Curriculum and Co-Curriculum
MSSE 650: Internship Seminar
MSSE 675: Internship (Student Teaching) in Middle and Secondary Education
EDUC 300: Foundations of American Education

Professional Interests

Movement and Thought in English Education Methods
Diversity, Social Justice, & the Arts in English Education
Pre-Service Teacher Education
Curriculum Theory and Teaching in A Diverse Society

Service

University Writing Center Committee
Dispositions Committee (2017-2021)
Search Committee Member
What Sustains Us (Advisory Chair since 2011)
Co-Founder of the Arts & Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts in Education SIG at AERA (since 1999)
NCTE/CAEP Accreditation SPA for English Education
Virginia Association of Teachers of English Board Member (2010-2012)
Chair of the College of Education Diversity Committee (2010-2013)
Departmental Personnel Advisory Council
Teacher Work Sample Committee

Grants Funded

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Title Source Amount

Teaching Hard Histories for Racial Healing: Lynching in Virginia Curriculum Project

Faculty Senate Mini-Grant 2021 $4,905

Teaching Hard Histories for Racial Healing: The Lynching in Virginia Curriculum Project

Jones Endowment 2021 $2,800

Teaching Painful Histories: The Lynching in Virginia Curriculum Project

Libraries Foundation Grant 2020 $4,000
Current Projects

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