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English Academic Advisory Committee

Committee Members

  • Jonathan Bush

    Professor of English, Western Michigan University, Michigan

    Jonathan Bush is a professor of English at Western Michigan University (WMU). He has been named as the American Council on Education Fellow for 2015-16. Bush specializes in English education and rhetoric and writing studies. He has served as department chair and is the director of the Third Coast Writing Project.  He teaches pedagogy and theory courses in English education and coordinates WMU's developmental writing course, English 1000: The Writing Process.

    He is the former editor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan and has published widely in professional journals, including English Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), English Leadership Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, English Journal, Pedagogy, and others. He is also co-author of “But Will it Work with Real Students?”: Scenarios for Teaching Secondary English Language Arts and collaborating author of Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Student Writing. Bush serves on the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Editorial Board and is co-editor of Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. He also co-writes a quarterly column, “Professional Writing in the English Classroom” for English Journal.

    He is the former co-chair of the Conference on English Education Commission on Writing Teacher Education and the co-founder and former chair of the Conference on College Composition's Special Interest Group: English Education/Composition Connections. He serves on the AP English Language and Composition Development Committee.

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  • Lance Bella

    Assistant Principal, Newport High School, Washington

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  • Susan Frediani

    Secondary Instructional Coach, Quincy Junior-Senior High School, California

    Susan Frediani has been an English teacher in both public and private schools for 31 years. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in curriculum, reading, and instruction at California State University (CSU), Sacramento. She has taught grades 6 through community college, and most recently she has taught grades 10, 11, and 12 at Quincy High School in northern California. Frediani has taught AP English Literature and Composition for 18 years and AP English Language for three years. Currently, as a teacher on special assignment, she is working as a secondary instructional coach for her district. She has served as an AP Reader for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam for nine years, and she has trained AP teachers for the past 15 years at summer institutes at CSU Sacramento, Spokane, University of Alabama, AP By the Sea, Stanford, and online for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has served as her district AP Coordinator, a PAR (Professional Assistance and Review) mentor teacher, a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) provider, and as her district’s ELA Vertical Team Lead Teacher. She also serves as chair of the SAT Subject Test Development Committee in English Literature. Frediani was a member of the State DOE’s Supplemental Curriculum Selection Committee. In addition, she was a recipient of an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Scholar Program Award. She is certified as a CSU ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course) teacher leader, and she is currently working as a district lead teacher in the implementation of ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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  • Loretta Holloway

    Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development, Framingham State University, Massachusetts

    Lorretta M. Holloway is currently the interim vice president of enrollment and student development at Framingham State University (FSU). Before this, she was a professor of English at FSU. She has a B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, an M.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in 19th-century literature from the University of Kansas. She specialized in 19th-century British literature but also taught freshman writing courses as well as courses on women writers, drama (classical and modern), and children's literature. Her K–16 work includes creating and teaching a professional development course on teaching gifted and advanced learners K–8, participating in the group invited to compare the Common Core to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Holloway joined a six-member team to represent Massachusetts in a convening of the governing states of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), serving on the state’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, and serving as a consultant for the federal DOE’s Office of Vocational and Adult Basic Education (ABE) in the development of new ABE standards.   She created and organizes FSU’s College Readiness for Parents program and serves as vice chair of the Worcester Education Collaborative, a local education fund.  She completed a five-week Korean Immersion Program at Seoul National University in summer 2013.

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  • Robin Inboden

    Professor of English, Wittenberg University , Ohio

    At Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, since 1989, Robin Inboden has directed the Women’s Studies Program and the Honors Program; she chaired the English Department for nearly 10 years. Inboden’s encounters with Keats, Hardy, and Cary Grant established a lifelong interest in 19th-century British literature and American movies of the 1930s and 1940s. With the proceeds from her first national publication — an article and quiz on old movies in Seventeen magazine — she bought a Victorian reproduction chair and applied to college. She earned her degree in English and decided to pursue graduate studies. She has published and presented on such diverse topics as Barrett Browning, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Hitchcock, George Eliot, and screwball comedy. Inboden earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in English at Cornell University and a B.A. in English from Kenyon College.

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  • Ernest Morell

    Macy Professor of English Education and director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

    Ernest Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also past president of the NCTE, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and an appointed member of International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Morrell was an award-winning English teacher and coach in Northern California. He uses social and emotional learning, digital technologies, project-based learning, and multicultural literature to empower literacy practices in classrooms and after-school programs across the country.  He is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters, and eight books, including Every Child a Super Reader, New Directions in Teaching English, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture, and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice. Morrell has earned, among other commendations, the UCLA DOE’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He earned his Ph.D. in language, literacy, and culture from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

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  • Bernie Phelan, Chair

    Consultant, The College Board, New York

    Bernie Phelan is a retired teacher whose career spanned 40 years of high school teaching, 30 of which involved teaching AP English Language and Composition. He currently consults for individual school districts and with numerous programs within the College Board. He was chair of the development committee for SAT: Writing and a member of the committee since its inception in 2003. He is a longtime AP Table Leader and Reader for the AP English Language and Composition, having read the exam since 1987. He has conducted one-and two-day workshops during the school year in AP and Pre-AP®, and over 85 four-or five-day AP Institutes since 1997. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Trustee of the College Board.

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