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Lynne Alvine

Lynne Alvine


Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching English

Office: 353 Sutton Hall
Phone: 724-357-2744


Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1990
Doctoral Degree: Virginia Tech, 1990
Dissertation: Learning How to Learn About the Supervision of Student Teachers
Director: Dr. Patricia P. Kelly

Academic Interests

Adolescent Literature, Teaching Composition, Teaching Literature and Literacy, Gender and Teaching

Lynne Alvine is known by her students and colleagues as a dedicated teacher and mentor. As coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching English program, she advises both prospective and in-service secondary English teachers. As former director of the Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project, she works closely with public and private school teachers across the grade levels and in various subject areas. For the past seven summers, she has worked in the Oxford Summer Study Program, a three-week study abroad collaboration among SSHE faculty. In Fall 2002, she became director of the Oxford program.

Dr. Alvine has served as secretary of the Executive Committee of the Conference on English Education (CEE), a subgroup of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She is a former editor of the “Conversations from the Commissions” column for CEE’s journal English Education. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English and English education, including Adolescent Literature, Speech and Communication in Secondary English, Shakespeare, Research on Teaching Literature and Literacy, and Teaching Writing. She teaches Liberal Studies English courses and serves as mentor to English Teaching Associates. Dr. Alvine serves the wider university as a member of the IUP Safe Zone Program. At home, she enjoys bird watching and gardening, as well as gourmet cooking. She shares her home with Linda Cline, Sage and Sandy (two rambunctious Sheltie dogs), and a feisty tabby cat named Elizabeth.


  • Undergraduate Courses
    • English 101: College Writing
    • English 121: Humanities Literature
    • English 314: Speech and Communication in Secondary English
    • English 318: Adolescent Literature
  • Graduate Courses
    • English 518: Adolescent Literature
    • English 630: Research on Teaching Literature and Literacy
    • English 690: Writing as a Way of Learning
    • English 730: Teaching Writing
    • Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Literature
  • Gender and Teaching
  • Teaching Composition — Theory and Practice
  • Teaching Literature — Theory and Practice
  • Literacy Acquisition

Selected Publications

  • (2000). “A 20th Century Teacher Educator Enters the 21st Century,” Current Issues on Technology in Teacher Education, Vol. 1, Online Journal.
  • (2000). “A ‘Wall of Literacy Learning’:  First Grade through College.” The Voice, Newsletter of the National Writing Project.
  • (2000). "Shaping the Teaching Self Through Autobiographical Narrative. The High School Journal, 82:4.
  • (1999). Breaking the Cycle: Gender, Literacy, and Learning. Co-Edited with Linda Cullum, Heinemann Boynton/Cook.


  • English Department Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching English

Service, Professional

  • Director, International Studies at Oxford
  • Conference on English Education Executive Committee


  • National Council of  Teachers of English
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN)
  • Conference on English Education
  • Women’s Issues in Literacy and Life Assembly (WILLA)
  • National Writing Project


  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2261
  • Fax: 724-357-2265
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.