Faculty and Staff

Pat Austin

Professor of children's literature and Director of the Children's Literature Collection

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, University of New Orleans
M.A.T. Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire
B.A. Philosophy, Agnes Scott College

Author of more than forty articles in educational journals and hundreds of book reviews, Pat Austin also published a picture book, The Cat Who Loved Mozart (Holiday House, 2001), illustrated by Henri Sorenson. Her research interests include trends and issues in literature, creative processes of authors and illustrators, and classroom practices. Her twenty years of classroom teaching spans second through eighth grades and covers the gamut from self-contained to reading specialist to gifted education. A former editor of the Journal of Children's Literature, she has also served on the Notable Books for Language Arts Committee and has been the children's book review columnist for the Louisiana reading journal for ten years. She frequently presents at the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, regional conferences, as well as local in-service workshops for teachers and librarians. One of her all-time favorite activities is reading to children.

Currently in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UNO, Dr. Austin teaches the following courses: EDLS 3100: Children's literature; EDLS 4200/ENGL 4240: Adolescent literature; EDLS 4990: Special topics class; EDLS 6710: Nonfiction across the Curriculum, and EDLS 6545: Literature for the Gifted Child.

Graduate assistant and volunteers

In order to staff the library for at least 30 hours a week, the UNO COEHD Young Adult and Children's Literature Resource Center is dependent on volunteers. If you like books, are self-motivated, enjoy working with people, or need service hours, please consider volunteering for a 2-3 hour block at least once a week throughout the semester. Members of the educational fraternity KDE have been invaluable in providing volunteers.

Contact paustin@uno.edu if you are interested in being a volunteer.