Donna L. Pasternak is Professor of English Education and Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project, an affiliate site of the National Writing Project. From 2001-2011, she directed and led the redesign of the UWM English Education program. She studies the integration of technology into the teaching of English, English Language Arts teacher education in urban contexts, the teaching of literature and writing, and critical inquiry and teacher development. Dr. Pasternak’s scholarship has been published in English Education, the English Journal, English Leadership Quarterly, MLA’s Profession, Professional Development in Education, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education as well as in a variety of other journals and edited volumes. In 2018, she was a co-recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) Richard A. Meade Award for her co-authored book Secondary English Teacher Education in the United States (Bloomsbury, 2018).
In addition to serving as the Principal Investigator on numerous state, local, foundation, and national grants, Dr. Pasternak is the co-Principal Investigator for the $5 million United States Department of Education’s Supporting Effective Educator’s Success (SEED) grant, Asset-based Cultural Competency Ensuring Student Success. From 2005-2006, she was the Fulbright Norway Roving Scholar in American Studies working with the Norwegian Ministry of Education. She has taught English at the middle, high, and university levels in the US, Norway, China, and Ecuador. At UWM, Dr. Pasternak teaches classes in English language arts instructional methods and pedagogy, literacy across and in the disciplines, and children’s and adolescent literature.
Pasternak earned her B.S. in Secondary Education: Communication with a specialization in Literature from Lock Haven University. She received her M.A. degree and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University.