Associate Professor of English Education



Associate Professor of English Education. B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa; Teaching certification in English and French; Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Iowa.

Professor Coke teaches courses in adolescents' literature, intermediate composition, teaching composition, teaching reading, teaching language, and teaching methods. Her research interests include the transition from elementary to secondary school, gender and education, teacher collaboration, and teacher education. She has published articles in English Journal, Statement, SIGNAL Journal, California English, The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, Academic Exchange Quarterly, and Education.


Coke, P. K., Benson, S., & Hayes, M. (2015). “Making Meaning of Experience: Navigating the Transformation from Graduate Student to Tenure-Track Professor.” The Journal of Transformative Education (13)2, 110-126.

Coke, P. K. (2013). “Developing Academic Kinship, Meeting Rock Stars: What ALAN and NCTE Offer English Educators.” The ALAN Review (40)3, 52-57.

Coke, P. K. (2011). Incorporating fishbowl discussion: Engaging the silent and the spirited in productive ways. Statement (47)2/3, 34-35.

Coke, P. K. (2009). When digital natives hate technology: Using digital wisdom to confront resistance in the composition classroom. California English (15)1, 6-8.

Coke, P. K. (2008). It’s in my hands: Creating a space for nonfiction in the literature classroom. SIGNAL Journal (XXXI)2, 20-24.

Coke, P. K. (2008). Uniting the disparate: Connecting best practices and educational mandates. English Journal (97)5, 28-33.

Coke, P. K. (2008). What happened to the children: Involving students in reading comprehension assessment. The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts (48)1, 57-64.

Coke, P. K. (2006). Using online technology to create new audiences. Academic Exchange Quarterly (10)3, 164-168.

Coke, P. K. (2005). Practicing what we preach: An argument for cooperative learning opportunities for elementary and secondary educators. Education (126)2, 392-398.


  • EDUC 463: Methods–Teaching Language Arts


    This course is designed to help you combine theory, research, and practice into sound strategies for teaching English in middle, junior, and senior high schools. You will begin to develop a philosophy of secondary English teaching and learn how to plan instruction that is consistent with that philosophy and with various national, state, and district guidelines. Content includes examination of and attention to Common Core State Standards; planning of lessons and units; discussion of issues involving professional educators; development of means to assess learning; and discussion of methods to teach English language arts, including journalism and speech.