Caitlin Metheny

Caitlin MethenyLecturer of Literacy Education
Phone: 207.581.2745

122 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5766

Bio: Caitlin Metheny is a lecturer of literacy education at the University of Maine in the School of Learning and Teaching. She is also serving a 5-year term as co-editor of the academic journal The ALAN Review (TAR). Prior to graduate school and teaching at UMaine, Caitlin was a middle school English Language Arts (ELA) teacher in North and South Carolina. She also served as a PBIS coach in Ohio where she led professional development sessions for educators on mental health, trauma-informed teaching and restorative justice. Caitlin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as literacy, children’s literature and secondary ELA methods. Her research centers diverse representation in children’s and young adult literature, especially those reinforcing or disrupting dominant narratives of disability and mental health. She is also interested in studying the positionality, mindsets and biases of preservice ELA educators and how those inform instructional decisions and culturally responsive secondary ELA teaching practices.

Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Literacy and a specialization in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2022, University of Tennessee
M.A. in English Composition and Rhetoric, 2018, University of Akron
B.A. in Secondary English Language Arts Education, 2010, Ohio University

Courses taught at UMaine

ERL 317: Children’s Literature
ERL 441: Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School

ERL 517: Literature for Children
ERL 540: Writing in Schools & Colleges
ERL 541: Method of Teaching English in the Secondary School