Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann

Teacher Certification

Office: RH 232

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago; 1995
  • M.A. Saint Xavier University, Chicago; 1982
  • M.A. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; 1980

Professional Interests

  • The Teaching of Writing, Classroom Discourse, Induction and Mentoring of New Teachers

Selected Publications

  • The Dynamics of Writing Instruction: A Structured Process Approach for the Composition Teacher in the Middle and High School. Johannessen, L.R., Kahn, E., McCann, T. & Smagorinsky, P. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2010.
  • "Teaching English Together: Leadership Through Collaboration." McCann, T., Ressler, P., Chambers, P., and Minor, J. English Leadership Quarterly 33.2(2010): 10-13.
  • With A.C. Jones and G. Aronoff. "Truths Hidden in Plain View." Phi Delta Kappan, October 2010.
  • "A Modest Revolution on the Teaching of English." Illinois English Bulletin, Summer 2010.
  • "Gateways to Writing Logical Arguments." English Journal 99.6 (July 2010): 33-39.
  • "In Memoriam: Larry R. Johannessen." English Journal 99.1 (September 2009): 11-14.
  • Ongoing: Editor, "Mentoring Matters," English Journal.


Contact us

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

815-753-0606 (Fax)