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NCTE Presidential Team:

NCTE President Kathy G. Short

Kathy Short teaches in the Language, Reading, and Culture program at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and works with graduate teaching assistants on a children’s literature course that is taken by preservice teachers in elementary and early childhood education. Currently director of World of Words, an initiative focused on encouraging thoughtful dialogue around children’s literature to build bridges across global cultures, Short serves on the Notable Books for a Global Society Award Committee as well as the editorial boards of Language Arts, Reading Research Quarterly, and Literary Research Association (NRC) Yearbook. 

The 2011 NCTE Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts has a long history with the National Council of Teachers of English. She has held positions on NCTE’s Executive Committee, Commission on Curriculum, and Study Group and Teleconference Project. The former elementary classroom teacher also served as chair of NCTE’s Elementary Section Steering Committee. 

“NCTE has always been my professional home, the place where I replenish my spirit and focus as an educator,” Kathy Short says. “NCTE has taken a leadership role in the public debates about literacy and language in schools and universities. Through dialogue between the communities within NCTE as well as with other professional organizations and public groups, we can develop new possibilities and relationships to make literacy more accessible for all students. Our work together is rooted in the life shared by teachers and students in classrooms and in a shared goal of creating literate, critically-conscious global citizens.”

Inquiry as a Way of Life: Kathy G. Short, 2011 Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts  


NCTE President-Elect Doug Hesse 

Doug Hesse is professor of English and executive director of writing at the University of Denver. He is the founding chair of the NCTE/Norman Mailer National Student Writing Awards, co-developer of the NCTE National Day on Writing; and a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

The author of Creating Nonfiction and The Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers, Hesse has also written articles and chapters in English Journal; College English; College Composition and Communication; Computers in Composition; College Credit for Writing in High School; Who Speaks for Writing?; Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st Century Technologies; Teaching Writing Teachers; Short Story Theory; and Literary Nonfiction. 

About working with NCTE, Hesse says, “Having a leadership position in the National  Council of Teachers of English is like being concertmaster in a symphony of literacy virtuosos. Never have opportunities and demands for reading, writing, and thinking loomed larger, but I take great heart in our nation’s thousands of expert  English teachers, pre-K through college. Our students need work-related skills, absolutely. But they also need broad literate abilities in a society where decisions are made, ideas are shaped,  relationships are formed, and meanings are created through language. Really, what could be more rewarding than to help orchestrate this enterprise?"

Program Chair Doug Hesse talks about the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention on Education Talk Radio and in these short videos on NCTE's YouTube channel.


NCTE Vice President Susan Houser

Susan Houser, who completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership in 2014,  retired in 2014 from the Pinellas County Schools after teaching middle school reading, language arts, and gifted language arts for 14 years. She previously taught elementary and middle grade reading and language arts in the Duval County Public Schools, and recently taught courses in elementary education at Keiser University in Sarasota and general education English at Remington College in Tampa.

In 2011 NCTE named Houser Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the Language Arts (previously known as the Edwin A. Hoey Award). From 2005 to 2014 she held a variety of committee and leadership positions with NCTE. Houser has also served as president and executive board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) and coordinator of the FCTE Advocacy Team.

"I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English," Susan Houser said upon her election. "My most sincere desire is to represent the classroom teachers of English language arts, whether they are preschool teachers or college professors. I hope that in some way, my being elected to this position can shine a light on the real educational reform that needs to occur in America today. I hope to lead our organization in making an impression, and if necessary, a loud call, to the political leaders of our country to invest in changes that will help us move forward as teacher leaders and directors of our profession. We must not continue to allow others to be in charge of what is our professional responsibility – to be recognized as the best educators in the world."


NCTE Past President Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell, professor of English education in the Arts and Humanities Department at Teachers College, is the director of the Teachers College Institute for Urban Minority Education (IUME). Prior to joining the Teachers College faculty in 2011, he was a teacher educator at the University of California at Los Angeles and Michigan State University and an English teacher in California.

His work with NCTE includes serving as a professional development consultant (K-12 media literacy, literature instruction, hip-hop poetry, and culturally relevant pedagogy) and Web seminar presenter. In addition to more than 100 articles related to empowering literacy education, Ernest is the author of Linking Literacy and Popular Culture; Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth; The Art of Critical Pedagogy: The Possibilities of Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools; and Critical Literacy and Urban Youth.


The 2014 NCTE Presidential Address: Powerful English at NCTE Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Toward the Next Movement (also see this video excerpt)

Contexts, Codes, and Cultures: An Interview with NCTE President Ernest Morrell 

Powerful Leadership for English Education (see p. 14)

Ernest Morrell talks about "Inventors of the Future: A Vision for NCTE and Our Affiliates" during the 2012 NCTE Affiliate Breakfast in Las Vegas. 



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