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Erick P Gordon

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. in Writing and Literature, New College of California; Ed.M. in English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Scholarly Interests

Teaching of Writing/Composing Processes. Teacher Preparation and the Professional Education of Teachers.

Selected Publications


Ruth Vinz with Erick Gordon, et. al. (2000). Becoming (Other)wise: Critical perspectives on reading literature. Portland, Me: Calendar Island.


(2007) Gordon, E., McKibbin, K., Vasudevan, L., & Vinz, R. Writing Out of the Unexpected: Narrative Inquiry and The Weight of Small Moments. English Education. 39(4), 326-351.

(2007). Raising the bar for classroom publication: Building a student press initiative. English Journal.

(2006). Speaking writing: Publishing oral histories with incarcerated students. Teachers and Writers Magazine. 37(5).

(2005). A growing sense of audience: The power of curriculum-based publication. Teachers and Writers Magazine. 37(2).

(2004).  Getting fired up! English Journal.

office location

511 Thompson

office hours

Tuesday: 2:30 - 4:30

Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:30

A&HE 4057: English methods

A required course which focuses on practical aspects of teaching English, including lesson and unit plans, effective teaching strategies, evaluation and assessment, curriculum design, and integration of language arts. The overarching theme addresses literacy practices as historically situated and contextualized.Special fee required.

A&HE 4100: Teaching Drama and Theater

The role of drama in the classroom. Students will examine the role of theaters in the community, examining production, performance and the educative power of drama. Special fee required.

A&HE 4151: Teaching of writing

The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include the textual character of genres, critical perspectives on writing instruction, research on writing, evaluation and assessment of writing, and classroom methods for teaching writing. This course is taught with A&HE 4156, Writing: Nonfiction, as part of a 6 point sequence. Special fee required.

A&HE 4156: Writing: Nonfiction

A non-fiction writing workshop. This course is taught as part of 6 credit block with A&HE 4151: Teaching of writing. Special fee required.

A&HE 4550: Teaching of poetry

Experience in reading and writing poetry, designing curriculum, and determining effective teaching practices. Special fee required.

A&HE 4750: Supervised teaching of English

Majors only. Students may satisfy state certification requirements by participating in the supervised teaching program in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students should plan to reserve part of each day Monday through Friday for classroom experience. Special fee required.

A&HE 5590: Master's seminar: Teaching of English

Designed to prepare students for completing integrative project for the M.A. degree, students participate in seminars which are oriented towards creating an academic, professional, and social network. Students research an area of special interest and share their findings. Special fee required.

Centers and Projects

Student Press Initiative

Erick P Gordon appeared in the following articles:

Long Sentences, Short Stories (6/19/2007)

Alumni Awards (12/13/2006)

Killing The Sky (6/21/2005)

Students Share Insight on What Makes a Good Teacher (6/13/2005)