Patricia M Long (Trisha Long), Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
Literature & Language Arts Studies in Education
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 350
 Phone: 216-523-7104
 Fax: 216-687-5379
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 350, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Critical Literacy, Visual Literacy & Visual Rhetoric, Multimodal Literacy, Educational Drama
Ph.D., Educational Drama/Children's Literature/Multiliteracy Studies, The Ohio State University
M.A., Children's Literature/Educational Drama, The Ohio State University
M.Ed., English Education, The University of Chicago
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Antioch University
B.A., Theater Arts, Webster College
Brief Bio:
Marcel Proust said the real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes with which to perceive them (Proust, The Captive, 1956). This idea of viewing the world from more than one perspective -- through new eyes -- is one that I have lived my professional life by, and one which I share with my students at every opportunity. For me, the process of discovery is made much more meaningful when we understand that how we teach and learn is not wholly limited by the ways we were taught to view the world and its landscapes, but rather, by our ability to understand the subtleties that are often voiced between the lines of another's point of view.

I teach students to actively listen, openly dialogue, and thoughtfully reflect about and voice their opinions with others. I also teach them to relocate this knowledge into other forms of knowing so that they get fresh perspectives on their original ideas. I draw from three theoretical frameworks: critical theory (Freire, Giroux, Foucault, McLauren, et al), multiliteracy theory (Harste, Short, Burke, Schofield, Rogers, et al) and my own theoretical construct, which I call arts-based activism (Long, 2003-2008).

Within this theoretical construct, literature exploration becomes a multi-faceted way to understand the world's many perspectives and points of view through reading, writing, reflecting, drawing, inquiry, and symbolizing knowledge in historical and contemporary contexts (Harste, Short & Burke, 1996; Harste et al, 2000; Fox, 1993; Gallego & Hollingsworth, 2000; Long, 2001-08; Long & Gove, 2003-04). By creating classroom sites in which urban public school teachers and students take action based on what they explore critically together through literature, I have also found an excellent way to navigate and support diversity in its broadest sense (Banks, 1991, 1996, 1997; Ladson-Billings, 1995; hooks, 1993; Nieto, 1992; Katz, Noddings & Strike, 1999; Simonson & Walker, 1988).

The way I have chosen to distinguish ELA and literature as a teaching scholar is by developing a practice that not only includes reading and writing, but also incorporates -- among broader aspects -- questioning, solitary and social reflection (Kroll, Cossey, Donahue, Galguera, Kuhler LaBoskeyu, Richert, and Tucher, 2005), critical interpretation of the visual as one of many texts (Long, 2006; 2007, 2008, 2012), and transmediating what I have learned -- that is, taking one form of knowledge and recasting it in another to see many perspectives on the same idea (Berghoff, Egawa, Harste & Hoonan, 2000; Harste, Short & Burke, 1996).
Research Interests:
Critical Visual Literacy & Visual Rhetoric

Arts-Based Activism

Educational Drama

Teaching Areas:
Language Arts Methods in Middle School, Cleveland State University

Literature-Based Reading Methods for Young Adults (YA Lit.), Cleveland State University

Literature-Based Reading Methods for Children (Children┬┐s Lit.), Cleveland State University

Practicum and Seminars in Middle School, CEHS, Cleveland State University

Student Teaching and Seminars in Middle School, CEHS, Cleveland State University

Seminar in Literacy Research, Cleveland State University

Foundations of Literacy, Cleveland State University

Teaching and Learning with Drama, P-5, The Ohio State University

The World Classics Curriculum, Antioch University

Professional Methods, Antioch University
Professional Affiliations:
International Reading Association (IRA) State, Regional, and National Chapters

National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) National Chapter

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Chapter

American Institute for Research in Education (AERA)

American Association for University Professors (AAUP)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society