Susanna Benko
Susanna Benko
Professor of English and CSH Director of Teacher Education
Curriculum Vitae


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Dr. Susanna Benko is a former middle/high school English teacher who works in the English Education program at Ball State. As a teacher and researcher, she is interested in the teaching of writing—in practice and in policy—at the middle and secondary level.

Much of Dr. Benko’s work at BSU centers around teacher preparation and supporting practicing teachers. She teaches courses on writing pedagogy and young adult literature, and she enjoys the opportunity to supervise student teachers. She also is a Professional Development School (PDS) Liaison for Secondary English/Language Arts in Muncie Community Schools where she works closely with English teachers at Northside Middle School and Southside Middle School. 

Dr. Benko’s research is situated at the intersections of curriculum design, writing pedagogy, and educational policy and is guided by two critical questions. Most recently, her work in this area focuses on writing instruction at the state/national level, investigating how curricular and professional resources (e.g., lesson plans, articles) communicate beliefs about ELA instruction related to state standards, and considering the possible implications of these policies for classroom teachers. Her work has been published in journals such as English Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, and AERA Open.

Dr. Benko is honored to serve as the site director for the Indiana Writing Project. IWP is a site of the National Writing Project housed in the English department at BSU. Teachers who are a part of IWP are dedicated to leading other teachers in improving writing instruction in K–12 schools in central Indiana.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of English (most recent)


Director, Indiana Writing Project


Director, English Education


Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D., Language, Literacy and Culture

University of Pittsburgh


Indiana Wesleyan University

B.S., English and Secondary Education

Butler University

Selected Research and Publications 

Benko, S., Hodge, E., & Salloum, S. (2022) Justice and what just is: Online resources and social class. English Journal, 111(4), 49-55.

Benko, S. L. (2020). Looking forward, looking back: Reflections on values and pedagogical choices during COVID-19. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 9(1).

Benko, S. L., Hodge, E., & Salloum, S. (2020) Policy into practice: Understanding state writing resources. Journal of Literacy Research, 52(2).

Hodge, E., Benko, S. L., & Salloum, S. (2020). Tracing states’ messages about Common Core instruction: An analysis of English/language arts and close reading resources. Teachers College Record. 122(3),

Benko, S. L. (2016). Instruction Matters: Examining preservice teachers' instruction for cognitively demanding writing tasks. English Education 48(3), 201-236.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Independent Study 603 2 0000 - 0000
Indiana Writing Proj 609 800 0000 - 0000
Workshop in Eng Lang 672 800 0000 - 0000