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About Jenifer Jasinski Schneider

Jenifer Jasinski Schneider, Ph.D. is a Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education at USF. Dr. Schneider's research focuses on children’s composing processes including print-based writing development and multimodal composition in digital and embodied spaces. Specifically, she examines youth filmmaking, drawing, and their creation of visual, print, and performance texts. Underlying her work in composition is a focus on arts-based approaches to literacy education in which aspects of process drama, children’s literature, and digital tools support youth’s symbolic development and meaning-making strategies.

Dr. Schneider is the author of The Inside, Outside, & Upside Downs of Children’s Literature is an open-access, e-textbook that explores critical issues in children’s and young adult literature through extended discourse and integrated digital resources ( She is also the lead author and curator of the Multimodal Data Analysis Collection in the USF Library ( Co-developed with the USF Library Tampa, the collection is an assemblage of products that demonstrate different methodologies for analyzing multimodal texts. This expandable collection of texts and methodologies demonstrates analyses at the interstices of literature, art, communication, theatre, film studies, and education. Her research has been published in key literacy journals including Research in the Teaching of English, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Language Arts. She has also published her research in Research in Drama Education and the Journal of Teacher Education.


Present Professor, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae


2018 Cybersecurity in Education - Curricula Development
Florida Center for Cybersecurity
2015 The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children’s Literature: From Poets and Pop-ups to Princesses and Porridge
University of South Florida, Provost Grant for Textbook Affordability/Textbook Development
2011 Graduate Recruiting Award
University of South Florida Graduate School
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Reviewer, Reading Research Quarterly
2007 - Present Review Board Member, The Reading Teacher
2003 - Present Reviewer, American Educational Research Association
2017 Reviewer, Student Fulbright Application Faculty Review, Office of National Scholarships, Fulbright, Ireland
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Honors and Awards

  • Nominated, Ed Fry Book Award, Literacy Research Association, 2018
  • Fulbright Scholar, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, 2016
  • Nominated, Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award, International Literacy Association, 2015
  • Nominated, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Florida, 2011
  • iTeach Fellow, University of South Florida, College of Education, 2010 to present
  • Founding Member, Contemporary Literacies Collaborative, 2005 to present


  • Diverse Children's Literature- LAE 4414
  • Creative Experiences: Using Arts-Based Inquiry & Design Thinking in Problem-Based Learning - EDE 4223
  • Composing Disciplinary Texts- LAE 6315
  • Writers and Writing: Research and Practice of Composing and Multimedia Production - LAE 6315 (Online)
  • Survey of Literacy Research Methods - LAE 7794
  • Literary Theory and Research in Children’s Literature - LAE 7745
  • Survey of Research on Writing Development and Instruction - LAE 7794


1996 Ph.D., The Ohio State University
1992 M.E., University of South Florida
1989 B.S., University of South Florida

Contact Information

Phone: (813) 974-1057


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