Professor - Kent State Tuscarawas

Jie (Jill) Chen

Professor - School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

I joined the literacy faculty at Kent State University in 2004, earning tenure and promotion to Full Professor in 2007, and served as Director of the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies from 2009 to 2020.

My Northeast Ohio roots began with my primary school years in Stow schools and my secondary years in Fairlawn.  After graduating from Copley High School, I earned undergraduate degrees in English (B.A.) and Education (B.S.), as well as a master's degree in Reading from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before earning my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati, I taught for five years in the public schools. After earning my degree, I taught for two years at Northern Kentucky University and 12 years at the University of Toledo (UT). I have served in varied leadership roles across the state: President of the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, having been a local council president several years before that; member of various state of Ohio reading and writing committees; and Praxis III assessor. I presented consistently at the national conventions of the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Middle School Association, as well as state literacy events.  While at UT, I directed the Toledo Area Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, for ten years, as well as the Sandberg Children’s Literature Institute. 

My most recent publication is a chapter on leadership in Leading from a Feminist Soul; I have published 15 other chapters on a variety of topics.  I have also co-written two books, one with the National Council for the Social Studies, Linking Literature with Life, and a second with Scholastic, Teaching Reading Strategies with Literature that Matters to Middle Schoolers.  I have published more than 30 articles in various journals, including the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Middle School Journal, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Social Studies, School Science and Mathematics, and Science Activities, and have written hundreds of book reviews of children’s and young adult literature.

In 2015, I was named the Outstanding College Language Arts Educator by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education - School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State University in Ohio since 1992. He is the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Graduate Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction.

Steve holds a PhD from Syracuse University and Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Loughborough University in England. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters related to standards-based teaching in Physical Education, and has co-authored three textbooks, including two related to teaching games for understanding within public school physical education, with one now into its fourth edition.

Steve is a past-president of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD), a role in which he fronted advocacy efforts that led to a mandatory standards based Physical Education assessment system in the state of Ohio. More recently, Steve has been a member of the SHAPE America Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Examiners of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Co-Directory Neurodiversity Research Initiative - Brain Health Research Institute
Professor - Department of Geography
Professor - School of Emerging Media and Technology
Professor - Biological Sciences
Professor - Biological Sciences

Immune system and cancer, vaccines, molecular mechanisms.

Research areas:

  • Immunology
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Dendritic cell biology

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Infectious Disease
  • Immunology
  • Writing in Biological Sciences

Professor - International Studies
Professor - School of Emerging Media and Technology