Contributors (Fall 2015)

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The Fall 2015 issue includes the TEAMS 2015 Teaching Prize Winner for the most excellently designed medieval teaching lesson aimed at the K-12 classroom. This year’s prize recipient for the best K-12 teaching lesson, Kara Crawford, presented her winning essay, “Linking Pearl Together,” in a TEAMS-sponsored session at the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tim Arner is an Associate Professor of English at Grinnell College, where he specializes in medieval literature. He has published articles on Chaucer, the Old English Christ III, and teaching graphic novels in the undergraduate classroom. Tim earned his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. More information about The Grinnell Beowulf and related projects can be found at

Kara Crawford has been teaching grades 9-12 at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA, for the last 17 years. She holds a B. A. and an M. A. in English from The University of California, Irvine.  Her special interest in Medieval Studies developed while working with Lee Patterson in an NEH Summer Seminar on Chaucer in 2007, and she continues to include medieval literature in courses for secondary students.  Her article, “Making Tales More Tangible: Chaucer and Medieval Culture in Secondary Schools,” appears in MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Second Edition (2014).

Diane Fruchtman received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Indiana University in 2014, specializing in the History of Christianity from late antiquity through the early modern period. She is currently working on a monograph, Surviving Martyrdom: Living Martyrs in Late Antiquity and Beyond, which builds on her dissertation, “Living in a Martyrial World: Living Martyrs and the Construction of Martyrial Consciousness in the Late Ancient Latin West.” In both projects, Dr. Fruchtman’s primary concern is to challenge accepted truths about the ways that martyrdom discourse operates, so that historians can change their “search terms” to better attend to the arguments made by and the experiences lived by our subjects. She is the author of “Modeling a Martyrial Worldview: Prudentius’ Pedagogical Ekphrasis and Christianization,” Journal of Late Antiquity 7.1 (Fall 2014), and is currently teaching at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Scott O’Neil is a 5th year Doctoral Candidate in the English department at the University of Rochester.  He holds Masters Degrees in English from St. Bonaventure University and the University of Rochester, and will complete his PhD in 2017.  Scott specializes in Medieval and Renaissance drama — particularly the works of William Shakespeare — and issues of licensed authority and space.  He has published several academic book reviews and has a chapter, “Lorenzo Valla’s ‘intellectual violence’: Personal Feuds and Appropriated Sarcasm” in Cornering the Snarket: Sarcasm and Snark in Medieval Literature. Alan Baragona and Elizabeth L. Rambo Eds. (Brill, forthcoming). The piece is about medieval sarcasm and snark. Before going to graduate school, Scott spent four years as a high school English teacher at North Harford High School in Harford County Maryland.

Sherry Rankin is an Assistant Professor of English at Abilene Christian University, where she has taught full time since 1997, focusing especially on freshman composition and British literature survey courses. She holds BAs in English and in French from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a MS in Education from Harding University, and an MA in English literature from the University of California, Riverside. Her primary field of interest is in Old and Middle English Literature. She recently received an award for best pedagogy paper in the Literature, Film, and Popular Culture category at the 2014 Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) for her paper titled: “’Where are the Horse and the Rider?’: An Approach to Using J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to Teach Medieval Literature in the British Literature Survey Classroom.” This paper was also published in the October, 2014 edition of the periodical CCTE Studies (volume 79). She also enjoys making podcasts to enhance her curriculum. Three of her podcasts (England: Prehistory, Celts, and Romans; England: the Old English Period, c.450-1066 c.e.; Middle English History) were published in 2013 in an electronic textbook titled Early British Literature: An Introduction, edited by Dr. Susanna Davis of Abilene Christian University.

Citation:  The Once and Future Classroom, Volume XII, Issue 1 (Fall 2015)

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TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies