Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Donna Pasternak teaches secondary English education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and directs the Early Adolescence through Adolescence English Education program. Her teaching and research interests include the teaching of literature and writing, the use of technology in the English Language Arts classroom, teaching-learning communities, Adolescent Literature, and critical inquiry and teacher development. In addition to publishing in those areas, Pasternak has a scholarly interest in the participant literature of the American war in Vietnam and the representation of women in participant war literature and has published on the works of Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone.
Pasternak was the Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in Norway for the 2005-2006 academic year. Sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Education, she visited public school classrooms and teacher conferences throughout Norway to give up-to-date information on important issues related to American society. Pasternak earned her B.S. in Secondary Education: Communication with a specialization in Literature from Lock Haven University. She received her M.A. degree and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University.