Elizabeth Kahn

Elizabeth Kahn

Associate Professor
Teacher Licensure

Office: RH322
Email: ekahn@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1999
  • M.A.T. University of Chicago, 1976
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1975

Professional Interests

  • The teaching of writing
  • The teaching of literature/reading
  • Classroom discourse
  • Teacher preparation
  • Professional Development

Selected Publications

  • The Dynamics of Writing Instruction. Smagorinksy, P., Johannessen, L., Kahn, E., and McCann, T., Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2010.
  • Writing About Literature (2nd Edition, Revised and Updated). Johannessen, L., Kahn, E., and Walter, C., Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2009.
  • Talking in Class: Using Discussion to Enhance Teaching and Learning. McCann, T., Johannessen, L., Kahn, E., and Flanagan, J., Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2006.
  • Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning. McCann, T., Johannessen, L., Kahn, E., Smagorinsky, P., and Smith, M. (Eds.), Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005.
  • “Teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.” In Ed. Milner, J. and Pope, C. Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2011.
  • “Making Writing Instruction Authentic.” English Journal 98(5) 2009:15-17.
  • “Thinking Critically about Words.” English Journal 97(4) 2008:14-15.


Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

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