Dr. Jeff Buchanan

Chair and Professor
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Dr. Jeff Buchanan

Chair Professor

English & World Languages

DeBartolo Hall 206

phone: (330) 941-3414


Research Interests

English education

Teaching Interests

English education, composition, pedagogy

  • Education
    • 2002

      Ph D, English and Education

      University of Michigan

    • 1997

      MA, English Language and Literature

      University of Pittsburgh

    • 1990

      BA, English Language and Literature

      University of Michigan

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2008

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professor in Teaching

    • 2007

      Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts

      Outstanding English Language Arts Educator

  • Past History
    • 2017

      Youngstown State University

      Department Chair

    • 2014

      Youngstown State University


    • 2007

      Youngstown State University

      Associate Professor

    • 2002

      Youngstown State University

      Assistant Professor

    • 1991

      Detroit Public Schools

      English Teacher

Jeff Buchanan

PhD in English and Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2002).

Currently the Chair of the Department of English and World Languages, Jeff Buchanan teaches courses in English education, composition and composition pedagogy, and literature.

Areas of professional interest include: English education, composition, pedagogy.


  • “English Education and the Teaching of Literature.”  The CEA Forum.  45.1 (Winter/Spring 2016):  78-98.  https://journals.tdl.org/ceaforum/index.php/ceaforum/article/view/7084/6177.
  • “Teaching as Writing, Teaching as Reading:  Teaching Teaching.”  Reader:  Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy.  65 & 66 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014):  72-87.
  • “Reading and Understanding:  Tim O'Brien and the Narrative of Failure.”  The CEA Forum.  37.1 (Winter/Spring 2008).  http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/forum.htm.
  • “Making Places Work:  Felt Sense, Identity, and Teaching.”  Placing the Academy:  Essays on Landscape and Academic Identity.  Rona Kaufman and Jennifer Sinor, Eds.  Logan, UT:  Utah State University Press.  2007.  269-283.
  • “‘A Productive and Fructifying Pain’:  Storytelling as Teaching in The Bluest Eye.”  Reader:  Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy.  50 (Spring 2004):  59-75.

He is a member of Ohio Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA), Western Reserve Ohio Teachers of English (WROTE), and he has been active on the YSU English Festival Committee since he joined the faculty at YSU.