Lyn is both teacher and writer. She is passionate about the literary and literacy in and out of the classroom. Lyn not only serves as an assistant teaching professor in the Department of English, but also as the Education Outreach Director of the Public Memoir Project at the Indiana Writers Center.
Lyn is the author of the educational text, Painless Reading Comprehension, co-author of Memory Workshop, the editor for Rethinking Children’s & YA Lit: Read for Change, an editor for the independent press, INwords Publications, and she has edited and contributed to ten public memoir anthologies.
Lyn is a scholarly researcher, writer, and editor in disability studies and community and collaborative writing and has published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Journal of Transformative Education, Literacy Today, and Academic Exchange Quarterly, in Conference Proceedings from Midwest Research to Practice, Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference, and the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference, Book Chapters in Permission: The International Interdisciplinary Impact of Laurel Richardson’s Work, Living the Work: Promoting Social Justice and Equity Work in Schools Around the World, and Diversity Research Symposium.
Lyn has served as a peer editor for the National Council Teacher’s of English (NCTE) critical journal, English Journal, for 10 years and has been a guest editor for Duke University’s, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture.
Lyn teaches in the English education, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition areas for the department at Ball State.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of English, Ball State University
Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Educational Studies, Ball State University
Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University School of English at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Adjunct Faculty, Anderson University’s Transition to Teaching Program in the School of Education
Education Outreach Director, Indiana Writers Center
Professional Development Leader and English Department Chair, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Composition and English teacher, Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School and Fishers Junior High School
Reading, Composition, Drama, and Humanities teacher, Jennings County School Corporation, Jennings County Middle School
German and Advanced Placement Language and Composition Teacher, Union School Corporation, Union Junior and Senior High School
Substitute Teacher, Jennings County School Corporation
While at Ball State, Lyn has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award (EXIT), the Top Diversity Research and Publication Award two years in a row, won the Accessibility Faculty Member of the year award, twice awarded the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month Award, and has been nominated for the Robert O’Foster Faculty award.
Ed.D., Educational Studies: Adult, Higher, and Community Education, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2011
Postgraduate study: Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 2003 to 2005
Postgraduate study: Copyright and Library Law, School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), Indiana University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), 2002/2003
M.S., Literacy, Culture, and Language Education: Indiana University at
B.A., English and English Secondary Education: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1992
Research and Publications
Baumann, M. & Jones, D., (Eds.) (2017). I remember: Indianapolis youth write about their lives. (Vol. 6). Indianapolis, IN: INwords Publications.
Jones, D. (2016). I want to write for regular people. In Julie White (Ed.) Permission: The international interdisciplinary impact of Laurel Richardson’s work (pp. 110-112). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Jones, D. (2015) Building a rainbow: One writer at a time. In Christa Boske & Azadeh F. Osanloo (Eds.) Living the work: Promoting social justice and equity work in schools around the world (pp.109-132). (Vol. 23) from series Advances in educational administration. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
Jones, D. (2016). Creating, building, and sustaining community IN and OUT of the flipped classroom. In Jerry Overmyer and Nissa Yestness (Eds.) Proceedings from the Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference. Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado.
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