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Associate Professor of Education (2000)
- B.A., Moravian College
- M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Office: PPHAC, Room 327
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
English education, transactional approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum negotiation, composition pedagogy.
Dr. Joseph M. Shosh, a summa cum laude graduate of Moravian College, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. He currently serves as associate professor of education and director of the Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction. A recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award, the James N. Moffett Award for Classroom Research, and Cornell University’s Merrill Scholar Teaching Award, Dr. Shosh has professional interests in curriculum negotiation, transactional approaches to teaching and learning, and urban education. He is a frequent contributor to English Journal, where he has written on a wide array of topics related to English education, including curriculum design, composition pedagogy, theatre production, and Shakespeare.
Dr. Shosh teaches courses in literacy education, composition, and educational research in addition to supervising secondary education candidates in local public schools, New York City, and London. Prior to joining Moravian's education faculty full-time, Dr. Shosh taught both middle school and high school English, supervised English student teachers throughout Manhattan and the Bronx, and served as an ethnographer on a research team for the New York Network for School Renewal.
Select Research Projects and Publications
- Shosh, J.M. (2011). Layers of reflective learning in teacher action research. Digital Paper Presented at the Value and Virtue in Practitioner Inquiry Conference. York St John University. York, England.
- Shosh, J.M. (2010). Constructing third-space multiliteracies in the shadow of the blast furnace: A Multimedia presentation. Digital Paper Presented at the Collaborative Action Research Conference. Cambridge, England.
- Shosh, J.M. (2010). Constructing third-space multiliteracies in the shadow of the blast furnace. Paper presented at the 7th annual Action Research Conference, University of San Diego. San Diego, California.
- Shosh, J.M. (2009). Defining our world: A Millenial approach to purposeful vocabulary acquisition. Paper presented at the 99th annual National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Mayher, J.S., et. al. (2008). The legacy of English education at NYU. English Education 40(4), 277-292.
- Shosh, J.M., & Wescoe, J. (2007). Making meaningful theater in the empty space. English Journal 96(5), 42-47.
- Shosh, J.M., & Zales, C.R. (2007). Graduate teacher education as inquiry: A case study of the Moravian M.Ed. model for professional development. Teaching Education 18(3), 257-275.
- Shosh, J.M., & Zales, C.R. (2005). Daring to teach writing authentically K-12 and beyond. English Journal 95(2), 77-81.
- Shosh, J.M. (2005). Wrighting: Crafting critical literacy through drama. English Journal 95(1), 69-74.
- Shosh, J.M. (2004). Making meaning in a dialogic discourse diary. English Journal, 94(1), 53-58.
- Shosh, J.M. (2002). Coming to know: A transactional approach to teaching and learning in an English language arts methods seminar. Ann Arbor: UMI.
- Shosh, J.M. (2000). Much ado about negotiation. English Journal 89(6), 72-79.
Recent Activities of Note
- Dr. Shosh presented a multimedia action research project, including digital video clips produced by Bethlehem high school students and their Moravian College teacher education mentors, in "Constructing Third Space Multiliteracies in the Shadow of the Blast Furnace" at the 7th Annual Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego. The research presented was funded by the National Council of Teachers of English and was awarded the Council's James Moffett Award for Classroom Research.
- At the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English convention in Philadelphia, Dr. Shosh chaired a panel session entitled "What Urban Pennsylvania Teens Have To Say About the Importance of Freedom, Choice, Independence, and Guidance in School Reading Assignments." He also presented a paper there called “Empowering Students to Lead Their Own Literacy Learning.”
- Dr. Shosh co-chaired a panel with fellow Moravian Associate Professor of Education Dr. Charlotte Rappe Zales at the University of Pennsylvania's 30th annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum titled "Teaching for Social Justice: Ethnographic Portraits of At-Risk Learners of English and Mathematics in Urban Eastern Pennsylvania High Schools."
- Associate professor of education Joseph Shosh chaired a session on digital documentary production in secondary schools at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in San Antonio, Texas, on November 21. He also presented a paper entitled "Creating Educational Partnerships to Support New Media Literacy." The research he shared was sponsored, in part, by grants from the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the Moravian College Leadership Center.