William Kist, Ph.D. is a professor at Kent State University, where he teaches literacy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the proud recipient of the 2017 Outstanding University English Language Arts Educator Award, given by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. A former high school English teacher in the Akron Public Schools and a former language arts and social studies curriculum coordinator for the Medina County Schools’ ESC and for Hudson City Schools, Bill has been working with schools and districts on a national level for over 15 years in the areas of integrating technology and using high-yield instructional strategies with struggling students.
Bill has presented many keynote addresses for such organizations as the National Dropout Prevention Conference, American Reading Forum, Texas Council of Teachers of English, The International Association for Entertainment Marketing Professionals, and the South Carolina Teachers of English. An author of over 50 articles, Bill has penned four books including New Literacies in Action, The Socially Networked Classroom, The Global School and the recently published Getting Started with Blended Learning (ASCD, 2015). Over the last two years (2015-2017), Bill has been the Project Director for College Today, a $480,000 grant-funded project (Great Lakes Education Philanthropy) designed to provide college-level English and math instruction on a daily basis to two small cohorts of underrepresented students at Akron Ellet and Akron Firestone High Schools. In addition, Bill is currently directing Writing Ourselves, a project funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation that is bringing together English teachers from nine area high schools in an effort to help struggling writers get ready for college.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Focus: Literacy), Kent State University, M.A. in Educational Administration, The University of Akron, B.A. in Secondary Education, The University of Akron
Technology in Schools, Adolescent Literacy, Motivation, Arts in education, English Education
Kist, W. (2015). Getting started with blended learning: How do I integrate online and face-to-face instruction? Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Kist, W. (2013). The global school: Connecting classrooms and students around the world. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Kist, W. (2010). The socially networked classroom: Teaching in the new media age. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Kist, W. (2005). New literacies in action: Teaching and learning in multiple media. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Kist, W. (2017) Life moments in texts: Analyzing multimodal memoirs of preservice teachers. English Journal, 106(3), 63-68.
Kist, W. with Semingson, P. (2017). The multimodal memoir project: Remembering key YA texts. The Alan Review, 44(1), 92-97.
Kist, W. (2016) Entrée to global understanding. Educational Leadership, 74(4), online only.
Batchelor, K., Kist, W., Kidder-Brown, M., & Bejcek-Long, B. (2015). "Ogres remind me of expanding": First-graders' multimodal autobiographies. Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts, Research Strand, 2(1), 124-155.
Kist, W., Srsen, K., & Bishop, B. F. (2015). Social media and 'kids today': A counter-narrative, from a U.S. high school. English Journal, 104(3), 41-46.
Kist, W., & Pytash, K. (2015). "I love to flip the pages": Pre-service teachers and new literacies within a field experience. English Education, 47(2), 131-167.
Kist, W. & Aljasser, A. (2015). Live from Riyadh and live from Kent: Our experience with a synchronous international online learning experience. The Journal of Media Literacy, 62(3 & 4), 75-80.
Kist, W., Tollafield, K. A., & Dagistan, M. (2014.) Leading ourselves (tweets optional): An analysis of selected twitter users. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58, 317-326.
Kist, W. (2014). Exit tweets and wiki blue books: Assessment possibilities. Voices From the Middle, 22(2), 39-41.
Pytash, K., Batchelor, K., Kist, W., & Srsen, K. (2014). Linked text sets in the English classroom. The Alan Review, 42(1), 52-62.
Kist, W. (2013). New literacies and the common core. Educational Leadership, 70(6), 38-43.
Kist, W. (2012). Middle schools and new literacies: Looking back and moving forward. Voices from the Middle, 19(4), 17-21.
Kist, W. (2011). From Queen Mab to Big Boy: A century of "new" literacies. English Journal, 101(1), 93-100.
2017 Outstanding University English Language Arts Educator Award, given by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.