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Thomas Hunter Strickland

Assistant Professor of Education
Academic Background
Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education with a focus on English Education from University of Georgia
M.Ed in English Education from University of Georgia
B.S.Ed in English Education from University of Georgia
Hunter Strickland

What classes do you teach at AU?

Literacy Development for All Students, Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum, Young Adult Literature, English Education Methods, Secondary Literacy.

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

Coming from being a student and faculty member at a large, research focused public university, I found that there was much time and emphasis spent on research and impact, but that teaching often took the backseat to research. I wanted to be able to continue my research while also focusing on classroom teaching and how faith impacts both.


Anyone who takes my classes will not be surprised to hear that I love to read. I also write young adult zombie fiction, love British television shows. and watching great movies.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

2019- Nominee for the 2019 Hugh Agee Award for Excellence in Research Focused on
the Teaching of Literature

2019- Nominee for the 2019 Carol J. Fisher Award for Excellence in Research

2018- Commitment to Social Justice S.O.A.R. Award for the 2018 JoLLE Winter

Given to a student group or student led-initiative whose programs or
efforts educate people on social justice issues on campus and/or abroad
and have shown evidence of a significant impact on addressing power,
privilege, and discrimination to foster inclusiveness and a socially-just

People might be interested to know I...

Published my first young adult novel while being a high school English teacher. My expertise in literature is medieval British literature, and, of course now, young adult literature.

Places you've lived

20 Years in Dalton, GA
6 Months or so in the UK and Europe
12 Years in Athens, GA

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

The students come to their work in my classes with real earnestness to learn and grow as individuals. They are also not afraid to challenge their own beliefs about what makes good teaching, and hope for greatness for their own students as readers.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

There is a really tight-nit national (even international) community surrounding literacy education and English Education in particular. It is easy to become involved at the state and national levels, and young voices of new or prospective teachers are always welcome.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

I think that we learn best through guided and deep discussion with one another where the professor, me, is not controlling of the discourse, but participates as an equal member. We can all bring different perspectives, experiences, and opinions to learning that grow us all together, and all voices have to be valued.


Strickland, T.H. (2015). Sir Banion and the Quest of the Black Plague. Createspace
Independent Publishing.

Refereed Journal Articles

Strickland, T. H. (2019). Zombie literature: Analyzing the fear of the unknown through
popular culture. Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and
Pedagogy, 6(3). 48-56.
Strickland, T. H. (2019). What yal tells us about learning, schooling, and teaching.
SIGNAL Journal, 43(1). 18-23.
Strickland, T.H. (2013). Fostering creativity in gifted and talented youth in the English
classroom. Teaching for High Potential, Summer 2013, 8-9.

Book Chapters

Hadley, H. L., Strickland, T. H., & Burke, K.J. (2018). Valuing uncertainty: The role of
purposeful, supported discomfort in critical, project-based teacher education. In
K. Zenkov & K. Pytash (Eds.). Clinical Experiences in Teacher Education:
Critical, Project-Based Interventions in Diverse Classrooms. 34-48.

Book Reviews

Strickland, T. H. (2020). Review of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from
Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. Journal of
Language and Literacy Education.
Strickland, T. H. (2019). Engaged dialogic pedagogy and the tensions teachers face.
Dialogic Pedagogy Journal. 7(2019). 1-8.
Strickland, T. H. & Power, B. (2017). Review of The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 13(1). 203-205.