Jessica Allen Hanssen
Fakultet for lærerutd., kunst og kultur
Areas of expertise
Middle Grades English Education, Narratology, Short-Story Theory, Young Adult Fiction, American Literature, English Section
I am a Professor of English subject pedagogy in the Department of English at Nord University and the faculty coordinator for the Bachelor of English degree. My primary areas of interest are American literature, especially 19th and early 20th century fiction, short-story theory, narratology, YA fiction, and middle grades English education.
Accredited Teacher (merittert underviser) distinction.
I am part of a team responsible for teaching British and American literature for both the Bachelor of English, Master of Middle Grades Education, and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences degrees. Addtionally, I teach part of an MA course for teacher education students called " Critical Reflections on Literature and Language Teaching in English Teaching Practices." I also teach or co-teach courses in Research and Writing, American Fiction after 1945, and Crime Fiction for BA students, as well as coordinate BA thesis supervision for Bachelor of English students.
In previous years, I have taught classes on young adult fiction, fantasy narratives, English Didactics for Grades 8-13, Business English, American Fiction after 1945, and Hawthorne vs. Melville.
My teaching responsibilities include BA, MA, PhD, and practicum supervision, as well as in-service training for English teachers on a rotating basis.
In 2014, I was awarded Nord's (then University of Nordland) faculty prize for creating an Outstanding Learning Environment for the subject of English for students and staff (læringsmiljøprisen).
RESEARCH AND PROJECT WORK
My education research focuses on the intersection of critical theory and middle grades English education and the early introduction of critical reading, and especially reader-response and narratology-based teaching strategies, into the Norwegian national curriculum.
My literary research applies ideas on structure, narrative persona, and closure, as derived from contemporary short-story theory, to 19th century American writers such as Washington Irving and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I have recently published articles on diverse themes, including unnatural narratology in Frankenstein, English teaching methodology, YA sustainability narratives, Hawthorne's A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, and Irving's The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
I coordinated the 2018 Frankenreads project at Nord University. I am a founding member of Nord's Humanities, Education and Culture research group.
“The Use of Students’ Linguistic Resources in Teaching English as an Additional Language in Norway.” Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Languages in Multilingual Settings: Pedagogical Implications 2022, Multilingual Matters:;Prilutskaya, Marina Yurievna; Knoph, Rebecca; Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Humanities-Forward Developments in Norwegian Middle Grades English Education International Handbook of Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy 2019, Routledge: s. 331-342;Hanssen, Jessica Allen; Jensvoll, Maja Henriette
Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives on English and the Arctic Learner The Development of the Arctic Zone: Experience, Issues, Perspectives. Proceedings of the International Scientific-Practical Conference. December 12-14, 2017. 2018, Murmansk State Humanities University: s. 120-123;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Frankenstein at 200: Introduction 2018, Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture: Volum 28 s. 1-6;Falke, Cassandra; Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches to the Formation of a College-Level ESOL Course for International Students Languages and cultures in the arctic region: proceedings of the international conference 23-25. september 2014 | Jazykovoje i kulturnoje vzaimodejstvie v uslovijakh arktitsjeskogo regiona: Materialy mezjdunarodnoj konferentsii 23-25. sentjabrja 2014 goda | 2014, Murmansk State Humanities University: s. 235-239;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Fantasy literature in the classroom : an introduction Krafttak for lesing i fag 2013, Akademika forlag: s. 101-110;Hanssen, Jessica Allen; Hanssen, Ken Runar
Rough Waters and Smooth Sailing: A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching American Studies in Norway 2022,;Edgar, Eir-Anne; Nurmi Jr, Thomas David; Hanssen, Jessica Allen; Erdmann, Susan Lynn
"'The ‘Universitization’ of Teacher Education: Provocation or Opportunity?" 2020,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Conference Paper: David Foster Wallace’s Oblivion and the Limits of Technology 2020,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Frankenversions: 200 Years of Adapting 'Frankenstein' 2018, Frankenreads :;Callison, Jamie Christopher; Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Continuous Education: Anticipating the role of English for the lifelong learner 2017,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives on English and the Arctic Learner (Master Class) 2017,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
"All The Years Inside of Me": An Introduction to Reader-Response Theory 2015,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
"All the Years Inside of Me": An Introduction to Reader-Response Theory 2015,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen
Norgesglasset (NRK P1): intervju om 2012 amerikanske presidentvalget 2012,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen; Reitan, Rachel Lei
Lesson Plan for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 2011,;Hanssen, Jessica Allen