Jillian Harpster




Jillian Harpster


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About Me


University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 2020 expected graduation

PhD Candidate

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 2011
M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 2009
B.A. in English, Women's and Gender Studies

Spencer-Naper High School - 2006

Academic Conference Presentations

Paper title: Teacher as Professional Artist: Creative Self- Identification and its Curricular Implications

Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January of 2016

Paper title: Definitional, Dispositional and Design Understandings: English Teaching Competencies that Mobilize Creative Experience

Presented at the American Education Research Association annual conference in April of 2015

Paper title: Definitional, Design, and Dispositional Understandings: Essential Competencies for Teacher Excellence in Creative Pedagogy

Presented at the Second Global Teacher Education Summit at Beijing Normal University in November of 2014

Presentation title: Re-inventing Classroom Discussion

Presented at National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in November of 2013

Paper Title: Engaging Attentive Care in Pre-Service Teaching and Professional Development Practices

Presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in April of 2013

Paper Title:Seeking enduring knowledge in pre-service teaching practices: Attempting Bachelard’s “intimate Immensity” to activate Deweyan experience

Presented at the Critical Questions in Education Annual conference in Kansas City, MO in October of 2011

Paper Title:  Genetic Dead End: Male Procreation and Female Bareness in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

Presented at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Annual Graduate Research Fair 2010 and the Modern Popular Culture Association and American Popular Culture Association Annual Midwest Conference 2010*

*Received Honorable Mention Graduate Paper

I've been a North Star Gator since the fall of 2011. I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.

Professional Experience


Nebraska Teaching Certificate in Secondary English Education

Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy (certified to teach for college credit)


Public School Experience

Teaching Experiencee

Lincoln North Star High School                         Lincoln, NE                              August 2011-Present

Teach junior and senior level literature and composition courses including Advanced Placement Language and Composition, American Literature and Composition, English 11, and Women's Literature

Sponsored LNS Louder Than a Bomb Slam Poetry Team (August 2011-May 2015)

Assistant Coach of Speech team (Fall 2012)

Doane University                                              Crete, NE

January 2016-Present

                 Teach Methods I and II for sophomore English Ed majors

Nebraska Wesleyan University                         Lincoln, NE                              Spring 2014-Fall 2016

                  Teach Masterpieces of Literature: Women in Communities


Student Teaching Experience

Lincoln Southwest High School                        Lincoln, NE                              January 2010-May 2010

Taught English 10 and Women’s Literature under the supervision of Toni Siedel Dutton

Observed and co-taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition with Toni Siedel Dutton

Practicum Experience

Goodrich @ Dawes Middle School                  Lincoln, NE                              September 2009-December 2009

Taught a three-week unit in English 7 under the supervision of Maren Banwell