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Alleen.Nilsen@asu.edu

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Bio

Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Bio

As part of their work as co-presidents of the American Name Society, Don and Alleen Nilsen co-edited a special issue of Names: A Journal of Onomastics, Vol. 56:1, March, 2008, which centered on the connection between names and ethnicity. Alleen Nilsen's teaching area is English education, which means that she works with students planning to teach English in junior or senior high schools. She supervises student teachers and conducts classes dealing with young adult literature and with effective ways of mastering language skills and managing the complications of teaching in today’s middle schools or high schools.

One of Nilsen's most enjoyable classes is ENG 470: Symbols and Archetypes in Children’s Literature, which is offered every fall. Graduates take the class under a 504 Cross Cultural Studies number. They investigate and bring to the class information about children’s literature from different countries and different perspectives. She also enjoys working with doctoral students in English education, especially helping them prepare articles for publication. The department has an active Ph.D. program with between 15 and 20 students, about equally divided between local teachers working while they teach and students who have moved here to be full-time doctoral students. Last year, Nilsen had a big year in publishing when her book on Joan Bauer came out as part of Greenwood Press’s “Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature” series. Also, Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature (co-authored with Don Nilsen) was published by Scarecrow Press, and she finally completed revising the eighth edition of Literature for Today’s Young Adults (co-authored with Ken Donelson), which has a 2009 copyright date on it.

Courses

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 394 Special Topics

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Adolescents
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 470 Symbols/Archetypes Child Lit
ENG 482 Methods of Teaching: Language
ENG 504 Cross-Cultural Studies

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 482 Methods of Teaching: Language
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 470 Symbols/Archetypes Child Lit
ENG 482 Methods Teaching English: Lang
ENG 504 Cross-Cultural Studies
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Alleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., Kenneth L. Donelson, Shelly Shaffer, Tim Smith, and Allison Wimmer. "2009 YA Honor List--Timely and Timeless". English Journal (2011).

  2. Donna L. Miller and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Sustainability and the Recylcing of Words. English Journal (2011).

  3. Alleen Pace Nilsen. The Long-Standing Benefits of Involving Young People in Library Activities. (in a book) Teen-Centered Library Service by Diane P. Tuccillo (2010).

  4. Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Pronunciation Contrasts in English Second Edition. Waveland Press (2010).

  5. Alleen P. Nilsen. "Names in the News". Names (2009).

  6. Alleen P. Nilsen and James Blasingame, Jr.. "Getting Up Close and Personal with Living Authors". English Journal (2009).

  7. Alleen P. Nilsen, James Blasingame, Jr., Kenneth L. Donelson. "2008 Honor List--A Shifting of Paradigms". English Journal (2009).

  8. Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. "Artemis Fowl, An Irish Rogue". First Opinions, Second Reactions (2009).

  9. Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen P. Nilsen. "Naming Tropes and Schemes in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books". English Journal (2009).

  10. Lisa Maxwell Arter and Alleen P. Nilsen. "Using Lemony Snicket to Bring Smiles to Your Vocabulary Lessons". The Reading Teacher (2009).

  11. . Review of: Madapple. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (2009).

  12. Alleen and Don Nilsen. The Recycling of Political Rhetoric. Accents on English (ASU English Dept. Newsletter) (2008).

  13. Alleen and Don Nilsen. Word Lovers' Corner: Mentors and Mentees. Accents on English (ASU English Dept. Newletter) (2008).

  14. Alleen Pace Nilsen. Civility: The right Thing to Teach in Contentious Times. English Journal (2008).

  15. Alleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., and Ken Donelson. The 2007 Honor List: A Harvest from the World at Large. English Journal (2008).

  16. Nilsen, Alleen Pace. Readers Guide to Literature for Today's Young Adults 8th Edition. Allyn & Bacon/Pearson (2008).

  17. Nilsen, Alleen Pace and Ken Donelson. Literature for Today's Young Adults 8th Edition. Allyn & Bacon/Pearson (2008).

  18. . Review of: Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  19. . Review of: Peeled. Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy (2008).

  20. Book chapter: Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. Literature and Humor. The Primer of Humor Research. Mouton de Gruyter (2008).

  21. Book chapter: Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. Political Cartoons: Zeitgeists and the Creation and Recycling of Satirical Symbols. Laughing Matters: Humor and American Politics in the Media Age. Routledge (2008).

  22. Special Issue: Names and Ethnicity. Names: A Journal of Onomastics (2008).

  23. Nilsen, Alleen Pace, Nilsen, Don L F. Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature. The Scarecrow Press (2007).

  24. Book chapter: Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. Humor in Media Discourse. Perspectives on Media Discourse. Lincom Europa (2007).

  25. Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Just How Ethnic Is Ethnic Humor?. Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes Ethniques Au Canada (2006).

  26. Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Latin Revived: Source-Based Vocabulary Lessons Courtesy of Harry Potter. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2006).

  27. Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Twenty Five Years of Developing a Community of Humor Scholars. Studies in American Humor (2006).

  28. Ken Donelson, James Blasingame, Alleen Nilsen. The 2005 Honor List: A Wealth of Books to Compare. English Journal (2006).

  29. . Review of: Weedflower. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (2006).

  30. Nilsen, Alleen Pace. Archetypal Analyses of Young Adult Literature. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group (2005).

  31. Nilsen, Don LF, Nilsen, Alleen Pace. Humor. New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Charles Scribners (2005).

  32. Alleen Nilsen. The Future of Reading: An Educator Explains Why She's Worried and Wonders What's Next. School Library Journal (2005).

  33. Alleen Nilsen, Jim Blasingame, Ken Donelson. 2004 Honor List: An Encouraging Illustration of Extended Horizons. English Journal (2005).

  34. Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen. Six Literary Functions of Name-Play in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books. Onoma: Journal of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences (2005).

  35. James Blasingame, Alleen Nilsen. The Mouse That Roared: Teaching Vocabulary with Source-Based Lessons. English Journal (2005).

  36. Book chapter: Nilsen, Alleen Pace (Author) . Exemplification: Sexism in English. The Longman Reader. Pearson/Longman (2005).

  37. Book chapter: Nilsen, Don LF (Author) ,Nilsen, Alleen Pace (Author) . Irony. Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide. Praeger (2005).

  38. Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Working Under Lucky Stars: Language Lessons for Multilingual Classrooms. Voices from the Middle (2004).

  39. Alleen Nilsen, James Blasingame. Books, Audience, Action! Dramatizing Popular Titles is a Terrific Way to Attract Teens. School Library Journal (2004).

  40. Alleen Nilsen, Marie Ryan. Adolescent Narrative (2004).

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Presentations

  1. Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen, Keynote Speakers Growing Old: A Linguistic Consideration of the Alternatives: A Discussion by the Nilsens. Language and Linguistics Student Conference Univ. of Central Oklahoma. (Nov 2010).
  2. Alleen P. Nilsen, Shelly Shaffer, Don Nlsen, Donna Miller Recycling Words, Plots, and Propaganda. Arizona English Teachers Association annual meeting. (Oct 2010).
  3. Lisa Arter, Don L. F. Nilsen, Alleen Pace Nilsen Humor Matters--A Literacy for Our Time. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. (Nov 2008).
  4. Alleen Pace Nilsen Names and Naming in Prize-Winning Books Written for Teen Readers. Annual Meeting of the American Name Society. (Jan 2008).
  5. Nilsen, Alleen The Skill of Political Cartoonists in Recycling Verbal and Visual Symbols. 18th International Society for Humor Studies Conference. (Jul 2006).
  6. Nilsen, Alleen Mass Media Allusions to Children's Literature: A Comparative Study 1975 to 2005. International Society for Humor Studies. (Jul 2005).
  7. Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen J. K. Rowling's playful creation of names in the Harry Potter books. ASU Language and Literacy Conference. (Feb 2005).
  8. Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don A Process Approach to the Teaching of Vocabulary. National Council of Teachers of English annual meeting, Indianapolis, IN. (Nov 2004).
  9. Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Making Bilingual Students Feel Proud. Arizona English Teachers Association annual Meeting. (Oct 2004).
  10. Nilsen, Alleen What I Learned in Ten Years of Writing "Humor in the News". International Society for Humor Studies Annual Meeting, Dijon, France. (Jul 2004).
  11. Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don Six Literary Functions of Name Play in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books. Modern Language Association annual conference in Philadelphia.
  12. Nilsen, Alleen A Source-Based Approach to Teaching Vocabulary. National Council of Teachers of English.
  13. Nilsen, Alleen Irony as Edgy Humor, Part 2. International Society for Humor Studies.
  14. Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen "Features, and Functions of Humor in Everyday Life. PORA LifeLong Learning Convention.
  15. Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen "The Recycling of Visual Symbols in Editorial Cartoons". Humanist Society Convention.

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Service

  1. Homecoming Committee, Helper (2008 - present)
  2. Conference on English Education, Exective Committee Member (2007 - present)
  3. Arizona Humanities Council, Workshop leader (2006 - present)
  4. English Department Community Speakers, Speaker at the Tempe Public Library (2005 - present)
  5. English Education Program, Director (2002 - present)
  6. English Education Program, Director (2002 - present)
  7. English Dept. Newsletter, Editor for spring of 2006, contributor 2007 (1997 - present)
  8. National Council of Teachers of English, Reviewer of Conference Proposals (2007 - 2011)
  9. English Education Program Chair, Director of this sub-unit in the English Dept. (2004 - 2010)
  10. English Department, Chair of the English Department Homecoming Celebration (2010)
  11. TETYC (Teaching in the Two Year College), Referee of articles submitted (2000 - 2010)
  12. Curriculum and Instruction Interdisciplinary Executive Committee, Representative from English Education to this Interdisciplinary Degree Program (2004 - 2010)
  13. Names Organization, Immediate Past-Co-President (2009 - 2010)
  14. Ohio State University, Tenure and Promotion Review (2009)
  15. International Society for Humor Studies, Nominating Committee Member (2009)
  16. Curriculum and Instruction Interdisciplinary Executive Committee, English Education Representative (2004 - 2009)
  17. ASU Public Speakers, Speaker at Pebble Creek on humor in politics (2009)
  18. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, Executive Committee Member (2005 - 2008)
  19. English Journal, Reviewer of manuscripts (1999 - 2008)
  20. International Society for Humor Studies, Member of Executive Committee (2004 - 2008)
  21. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, Reviewer and member of Executive Committee (2004 - 2008)
  22. Search Committee for two new English Education Faculty members, Chair (2005 - 2008)
  23. American Names Society, Co-President Elect and now Co-President (2007 - 2008)
  24. English Journal, Editorial Review Board (2000 - 2008)
  25. National Reading Conference, Reviewer of Conference Proposals (2004 - 2007)
  26. ASU Honors College, Helped to coordinate the visit of Jules Feiffer to English Dept. students (2006)
  27. English Department, English Education Representative on seven-year-review committee (2005 - 2006)
  28. Faculty Ambassadors Program, Speaker/consultant (2004)
  29. ChildLight Foundation for Afghan Children, Keynote speaker at fund raising banquet (2004)
  30. Various public schools/groups, Speaker/presenter (ended 2003)

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