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Joseph Shosh

Joseph ShoshProfessor of Education (2000)
Chair, Department of Education

  • B.A., Moravian College
  • M.A., Ph.D., New York University

Email: jshosh@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1482
Office: PPHAC, Room 327

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

English education, transactional approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum negotiation, composition pedagogy, teacher action research.


Dr. Joseph M. Shosh, a summa cum laude graduate of Moravian College, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. In addition to chairing the Education Department, Dr. Shosh serves as Chair of Knowledge Mobilization on the Executive Committee of the Action Research Network of the Americas and is a member of the Collaborative Action Research International Advisory Committee. He is co-editor of the Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research (Macmillan 2015) and past 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 teacher action research, 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. His contributions to teacher action research have appeared in Teaching Education, Action Researcher in Education, Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, Inquiry in Education, among others.

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
Recent Activities of Note


  • Dr. Shosh serves as the convener of the first Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)-sponsored Study Day on the east coast in the Americas. Participants in the CARN Study Day, “What Happens to Action Research After the Master’s Degree?” will tour three American secondary schools—the iSchool in New York City, Warren Hills Regional High School in rural New Jersey, and Liberty High School in eastern Pennsylvania—where Moravian alumni have used action research to transform teaching and learning for adolescents. More information is available at http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/carnnew/study.php and tickets for the event may be reserved at http://www.arnaconnect.org/2014-arna-conf
  • The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) will holds its conference “Enacting our Beliefs: The So-What of Action Research” on the historic Pricilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, May 22-24, 2014. The conference is co-chaired by Dr. Shosh and Dr. Cathy Bruce of Trent University in Ontario, Canada.


  • Dr. Shosh addressed the 2013 Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference in Tromsø, Norway, titled “Staying Critical: Nurturing Democratic Partnership in Action Research,” presenting a paper entitled “Why Teachers Opt (or Not) to Go Public with Their Action Research: A Case Study.” As the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) representative at the conference, Shosh also made two presentations on behalf of the network. To read Shosh’s blog composed above the Arctic Circle, click here.
  • Seven Moravian College students, faculty and alumni recently participated in the third International Conference on Value & Virtue in Practitioner Inquiry in York, England, hosted by Britain’s York St. John University. Dr. Shosh led the pre-conference research seminar “Turning Conflicting Values into Virtues When Conducting Action Research in Urban School Systems,” which included a Moravian College action research panel moderated by Martha Reid, Ph.D., professor of English. The panel featured Colleen Klaric, Bill Neal, Brianne Schoolcraft, Berni Varela and Brittany Wilczewski.
  • The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) held its inaugural conference, co-chaired by Dr. Shosh and Dr. Lonnie Rowell of the University of San Diego at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California. Dr. Shosh introduced keynote speakers Dr. Jean McNiff of York St. John University, UK, and Dr. Lesley Wood of Nelson Mandella Metropolitan University in South Africa. He also presented a paper entitled “Colleagues, Critical Friends, and Cohorts Aren't Enough: Making the Case for Teacher Action Researchers to Go Public with Their Invented Knowledge” and chaired a planning session for the ARNA 2014 conference to be held on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, May 22-24, 2014.


  • Moravian College joined with Notre Dame University, Pepperdine University, the University of San Diego, Trent University, St. Mary’s College of California, the Teaching & Learning Center at the University of Tennessee, and the Action Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association to plan and sponsor the inaugural conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas. A video history of the new organization and well wishes from action researchers around the world is available at https://sites.google.com/site/arna13conf/videos


  • Dr. Shosh introduced public education advocate Jonathan Kozol as the keynote speaker of Moravian’s 6th annual action research conference. To view a photo gallery from the event, visit Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226670477387518.66903.181053608615872&type=3
  • The Collaborative Action Research Network’s Conference in Vienna, Austria included a paper presentation by Dr. Shosh entitled “Metathematic Analysis of Teacher Reflection in a Graduate Action Research Teacher Education Program.”


  • 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.