Jennifer S. Cook, M.Ed., Ed.D


Jennifer S. Cook, M.Ed., Ed.D

August 12, 1970 – March 14, 2014
Co-Founder, Past Clerk, Director 2003- 2009

Jenn was an Assistant Professor of English and English education at Rhode Island College in Providence. A former high school English teacher, Jenn taught composition, qualitative research, and English teacher education courses to undergraduate and graduate students at RIC.  Jenn was also a Co-Director of the Rhode Island Writing Project, where she directed the Mentoring Program for New Teachers, and a Board member of the New England Educational Research Organization.  Her interests included the teaching of writing and academic discourse through qualitative research and ethnography as well as the study and teaching of cultural and media studies.

Some courses that Jenn most enjoyed teaching are “Only Teenage Wasteland? Researching Youth Cultures” and “The Lives of Teachers in Literature and Film” in the English Department, and “The Teaching of Writing in Secondary Schools” in the School of Education.  Jenn worked, with her two colleagues in the Writing Program at RIC, on a chapter for an edited volume on undergraduate research and academic literacies.  Her works included a collaborative piece on writing and pedagogy for Across the Disciplines, a Youth Culture blog from her senior seminar in English, and a paper session at the Conference on College Composition and Communcation in New Orleans in April 2008.  Jenn was a 2008 recipient of the Miss Foley Award.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo stated that the entire college community was shocked and saddened by the professor’s sudden passing. “Dr. Cook was a well-liked and well-respected member of the English Department and of the Educational Studies Department,” she said.  “We all thought that Jenn, who was tenured a few years ago, had a long career ahead of her at Rhode Island College.”

English Department Chair Daniel Scott added, “Jenn was more than a professor to her students. For almost all of them, she was the very model of what they wanted to be: dynamic, engaged teachers and scholars. I cannot tell you how many times I have walked down the hall in Craig-Lee and heard intense, unadulterated joy flowing from her classroom. Dr. Cook brought so much humor, common sense and daring to her classroom that her students thrived. She challenged her students to learn new models for teaching and to try out fresh ways to approach writing and reading texts.  Over the years, she inspired and trained hundreds of students who are now teachers in Rhode Island and around the country. That’s a huge legacy!”

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