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Mona Choucair

Mona M. Choucair, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, School of Education,
Curriculum & Instruction

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, English

Faculty-In-Residence, Education Living-Learning Center

Campus Contact Information:
Office Location: Marrs McLean Science Building 225
Mailing Address: PO Box 97301 Waco, Texas 76712
Campus Phone: 254.710.7398
Fax: 254.710.3894

Ph.D. in Contemporary American literature, Baylor University.
Master of Arts, English literature with a concentration in the Humanities, The University of Dallas.
Bachelors of Arts, English, Baylor University.
Secondary Certification only, Baylor University.

"Gravestone Imagery in Toni Morrison's Beloved," article co-written Dr. Nancy Chinn. Accepted for publication by The University of Portugal in a Critical Edition on Toni Morrison's Works, forthcoming fall 2011.

"Whose Culture Are You Bearing: Searching for Self in Toni Morrison's Novels"- my dissertation--was recently cited in The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Reading and Writing on Race, Culture, and Identity, edited by Jami L. Calacio and published by NCTE, 2007. ISBN: 9780814116791.

"Joyce Carol Oates." (article) Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers. Westport: Greenwood Press, Fall 2000.
"Joyce Carol Oates." (article) Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers. Westport: Greenwood Press, Fall 2000.

"Phillis Wheatley." (article) African-American Authors. Westport: Greenwood Press, spring 1999.

Young Adult Literature in the Twentieth Century, reviewed fall 2007 for McGraw Hill.

Cartwright, Keith. Reading Africa into American Literature: Epics, Fables, and Gothic Tales in The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, August 2002, Marvin Harris, editor.

Grewall, Gurleen. Circles of Sorrow, Lines of Struggle: The Novels of Toni Morrison in The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, August 2001, Marvin Harris, editor.

Harcourt Brace Handbook. Spring 1999. Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Ft. Worth, Texas.

In- Progress

"Answering Emerson's Charge: The Need for Young Adult Literature in the Secondary Classroom," co-written with Dr. Chelleye Crow. Submitted for publication to The English Journal, January 2011.

Baylor University Faculty Fellow 2011
Faculty Fellow 2009, inaugural class at Baylor University, led by Dr. Gardner Campbell in the ATL (Academy for Teaching and Learning).

Honoree. Outstanding Professor, as chosen by 2009 Baylor Football team, presented at the BU vs. University of Connecticut game, September 19, 2009.

Honoree. Baylor University's Mortar Board, Recognition of Teachers. Nominated by Adrienne Bowman, November 20, 2008.

Winner, Collins Outstanding Professor Award, presented by the Senior Class 2008 Baylor University, April 7, 2008. University-wide Lecture entitled, "Tell Me the Stories I love to Hear: Why I Am Passionate about Teaching" given to colleagues, friends, and family on May 13, 2008, 4 pm, in Cashion Auditorium, Baylor University Campus.

Honoree, Outstanding Professor Award, presented by the Student Athletes of Baylor University, spring 2008. Presented at Athletic Banquet, Ferrell Center, May 6, 2008.

Invited Participant, the Summer Faculty Institute, Baylor University, June 2-July 4, 2008, led by Drs. Tom Hanks, Lenore Wright, and Elizabeth Davis. Summer 2008 Participant

Research Interests:
Dr. Choucair is currently working on a book project that suggests that Young Adult Literature must be added to the traditional English curriculum used in secondary schools. Another area of research involves Contemporary Minority Women writers. Choucair wrote her dissertation, entitled, "Whose Culture Are You Bearing: Searching for Self" on Toni Morrison's novels, including Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Paradise. She is currently working on a guidebook for high school teachers on how to teach Toni Morrison's novels.

Greater Purpose of education in a society and community . . .
I believe that the greater purpose of education is to help students to read and think critically on their own.

The Role of the teacher in the classroom . . .
I believe that the role of the teacher is to motivate students to do their best. Teachers must be passionate about their subjects. Teachers must make the subject matter relevant to students.
How students learn the best . . .
I believe that students learn best in a non-threatening environment---where they feel that they have a voice. I believe that collaboration is important. The teacher should most often be a facilitator.

Goals for my students . . .
I want my students to be passionate about reading. I want them to think critically. I want them to think for themselves. I want them to be exposed to great literature. I hope that they will continue to be lifelong readers and learners. I want them to be accountable, responsible, and dedicated to their studies.

Courses Taught:
TED 1312 Introduction to Teaching
TED 3380 Social Issues in Education
LS 4320 Young Adult Literature
TED 4322 Methods for Teaching High School English
TED 4630 Intern Supervisor, Secondary ELARS
TED 4640 Intern Supervisor, Secondary ELARS
EDC 5319 Reading in the Content Area
Eng 1304 Thinking, Writing, and Research
Eng 2304 American literature
Eng 3302 Advanced Grammar

Dr. Choucair's greatest joy comes from daily interactions with her students. Outside of her teaching commitments at Baylor University, Choucair is involved in various venues:

Invited Committee Member, The College Board; test item writer for The American Literature exam, CLEP test, member 2001-2004.

Invited Grader for National Advanced Placement Exams, AP Summer Grading Institute, June 2004-2011.
Honors Colloquium featured speaker on Toni Morrison's novels,
Baylor University Honors College, Spring semesters, 2002-2005; 2006-2009.

Council for College Teachers of English (CCTE), member of executive board, 2005-2009.

The Modern Language Association (MLA)

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

The Toni Morrison Society