Eileen Shanahan, Ph.D.

Eileen Shanahan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • BSEd. Ohio University
  • MEd. Winthrop University
  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, Adolescent, Post-Secondary and Community Literacies

Research/Academic Interests

  • Writing instruction
  • Argumentation
  • Understanding how discourse shapes teacher learning
  • The teaching of English language arts from a social justice perspective


Dr. Shanahan’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Action in Teacher Education, The ALAN Review, Voices From the Middle, and Multicultural Education
She has also co-authored books and authored book chapters including:
  • Bloome, D., Newell, G., Hirvela, A., Lin, T., with Brady, J. Ha, S. Y., Kwak, S, Seymour, J., Shanahan, E.,Thanos, T., VanDerHeide, J., & Wynhoff Olsen, A. (2019). Dialogic literary argumentation in high school language arts classrooms: A social perspective for teaching, learning, and reading literature. New York: Routledge.
  • Shanahan, E. (2018). “I’m just playing devil’s advocate”: Pre-service teachers’ identity construction through dialogic talk. In A. E. Lopez and E. L. Olan (Eds.), Transformative pedagogies for teacher education: Moving towards critical praxis in an era of change. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Eastern Kentucky University, Graduate Coordinator
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Literacy P-12 M.A.Ed. Program Coordinator
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant Professor of Literacy
  • Worked with high school English language arts teachers on writing instruction in Ohio
  • Served as a clinical supervisor for middle school student teachers in Ohio
  • Eighth grade language arts in North Carolina
  • Served as a middle school curriculum and literacy coordinator in North Carolina


  • ALAN Nilsen-Donelson Award – Best Article of the Year in The ALAN Review (2018)
  • Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Teaching Award (2018)