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Eileen Erwin, Ph.D.

Eileen Erwin is an adjunct faculty member in the Teacher Education and Instruction Technology departments at Saint Joseph's University. She also teaches Advanced Writing to students in Grades 1-8 at the Gesu School in Philadelphia. She's a graduate of Fairfield University (B.A. English Literature) and Temple University (M.Ed. and Ph.D. Urban Education and Leadership Studies). She's a Level II PA certified teacher Elementary K-6 and 7-12 English. She's currently working on a second Master's Degree in Instructional Technology at Saint Joseph's University.

Research interests include writing pedagogy, technology, diversity and power in urban schools. She's passionate about teaching and writing, and she is excited about the ways that technology is transforming literacy in our society. Her most recent study examines narrative writing of 5th and 6th graders based on format: pen and paper, Google Docs and Storybird. As a graduate of and educator at a Jesuit institution, she's dedicated to the ideals of cura personalis, educating the whole person, magis, and persons for others. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter and enjoys traveling, farmer's markets, hot yoga, and time spent in nature. She's working on her first novel which takes place in New Orleans and Barbados in the early 1800s.

Published Works:

  • Coker, D. & Erwin, E. (2011). Teaching academic argument in an urban middle school: A case study of two approaches. Urban Education, 46 (2): 120-140.
  • Erwin, E. (2002). [Review of Community Literacy Programs and the Politics of Change by J.T. Grabill], Anthropology & Education Quarterly, retrieved from        
  • Skilton-Sylvester, E. & Erwin, E. (2000). Creating reciprocal learning relationships across socially-constructed borders. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 7: 65-75.


  • BA English Literature Fairfield University
  • MA Urban Education and Leadership Studies Temple University
  • Ph.D. Urban Education and Leadership Studies Temple University

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