Sue Ringler Pet, Ph.D.
Director of Five Year Program/Assistant Professor
Dr. Susan Ringler Pet teaches in the Department of Teacher Education at the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. She specializes in secondary English education and literacy K-12; adolescent and children’s literature; disciplinary, digital, and critical literacies; and multicultural education. Prior to Sacred Heart, Sue was a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University, Iona College, and Manhattanville College and an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. Sue has served as the editorial assistant for The Journal of Literacy Research and currently serves on the review board of The Language and Literacy Spectrum and the Conference Planning Committee for The Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking (CCRWT). Sue has been a teacher, staff developer, and consultant in rural, suburban, and urban school districts in CT, NY, RI, and NH and spent ten years as a teacher, curriculum developer, and administrator in a private school setting in CT.
Dr. Ringler Pet regularly attends and presents at professional conferences including the Literacy Research Association (LRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), American Education Research Association (AERA), and CCRWT. Her research integrates tenets of multicultural education as they inform the teaching of literature and literacy with diverse student populations. Drawing upon longstanding reverence for and reframing the scholarship of Louise Rosenblatt, Sue has examined preservice English teachers’ developing identities as readers and future teachers. She also conducts research on digital and multimodal literacies. Work on digital response and authorship related to works of U.S. poet laureates led to a co-authored book chapter in Exploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing (Ferdig & Pytash, 2013). Another co-authored chapter, in MOOCs and Higher Education: Where to Next? (Kent & Bennett, 2016), grew out of her work as co-developer of the social media-based, global learning project #WalkMyWorld. Sue is currently examining teachers’ innovative uses of presentation software as a potentially empowering literacy tool in the hands of K-12 students.
Sue is delighted to have “landed” at SHU to pursue her university teaching passions and research interests alongside colleagues that exude energy, intellect, and compassion.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut (2012)
- M.S. Computers in Education, University of Rochester (1989)
- B.A. Dartmouth College (1982)
- ED 454 Secondary English Methods
- ED 451- 458 Secondary Curriculum
- ED 229/529 Multicultural Education
- ED 387 Children’s Literature