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Associate Professor Lucas Rodesiler

Lucas Rodesiler, Ph.D.rodesiler_photo

Associate Professor of Education

  • Office:  Neff Hall, 250F
  • Phone:  260-481-6519
  • Fax:       260-481-5408
  • E-mail:  rodesill@pfw.edu

Professional Background

Luke Rodesiler, Ph.D., a former high school English teacher and coach, is an associate professor in the School of Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Through his research and scholarship, he explores the critical study of sports and society in the English language arts classroom and examines nontraditional forms of teacher professional development. He teaches students enrolled in English methods, content-area reading, and educational technology courses. Dr. Rodesiler is a member of various professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English and the Indiana Council of Teachers of English.


Recent Publications


Rodesiler, L. (2020). Preparing preservice English teachers for participatory online professional development. English Education, 53(1), 15-34.

Rodesiler, L., & Mayo, R. (2019). The future is now: A 2040 study guide. Screen Education, 96, 78-83.

Rodesiler, L. (2019). Stick to sports: Leveraging sports culture to promote critical literacy. Language Arts, 96(5), 335-338. 

Isch, A., & Rodesiler, L. (2019). Developing as professionals, learning as pre-service teachers. English Journal, 108(3), 102-104.

Rodesiler, L., & Lewis, M. A. (2019). “I thought coaches were supposed to set an example”: Coaches’ divergent roles in young adult literature. The ALAN Review46(2), 27-39.

Rodesiler, L. (2018). Matters of life and death: Racism, patriotism, and policing in All American Boys. Voices from the Middle, 26(2), 20-24.

Rodesiler, L., & Garland, K. (2018). Supremacy with a smile: White saviour complex in The Blind Side. Screen Education, 92, 38-45.

Rodesiler, L., & Premont, D. (2018). On second thought: Teaching for social justice through sports culture. English Journal, 107(6), 82-88.

Rodesiler, L. (2018). Playing to win: Women’s sport, equity, and Battle of the Sexes. Screen Education, 90, 46-51.

Rodesiler, L. (2018). Toward online participation as teacher leadership. English Leadership Quarterly, 40(3), 3-6.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). For teachers, by teachers: An exploration of teacher-generated online professional development. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 33(4), 138-147.

Rodesiler, L., & Kelley, B. (2017). Toward a readership of “real” people: A case for authentic writing opportunities. English Journal, 106(6), 22-28.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). Head games: A Concussion study guide. Screen Education, 87, 54-59.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). Sustained blogging about teaching: Instructional methods that support online participation as professional development. TechTrends, 61(4), 349-354.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). Beyond appealing to students' interests: Studying sports culture for critical literacy. Talking Points, 29(1), 12-19.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). Local social media policies governing teachers’ professionally oriented participation online: A content analysis. TechTrends, 61(3), 293-300.

Rodesiler, L. (2017). Sports-based text sets: Fostering critical literacy at the intersections of sport and society. The Clearing House, 90(2), 35-40.

Rodesiler, L., & Kelley, B. (2017). Developing as a writer, growing as a teacher: Dual purposes for participating online. English Journal, 106(3), 100-103.

Rodesiler, L., & Mattioli, G. (2016). #LIKEAGIRL: Offsetting inequities through the study of sports-based nonfiction. SIGNAL Journal, 39(2), 8-17.

Rodesiler, L. (2016). Ladies first: Studying short documentaries about women in sport. Screen Education, 83, 70-76.


Brown, A., & Rodesiler, L. (Eds.) (2016). Developing contemporary literacies through sports: A guide for the English classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Book Chapters

Rodesiler, L., & Lewis, M. A. (2019). From maven to mentor: The archetypal coaches of The Contender. In V. Malo-Juvera & C. Hill (Eds.), Critical explorations of young adult literature: Identifying and critiquing the canon (pp. 85-101). New York, NY: Routledge.

Rodesiler, L. (2019). Reading coaches critically: A response to “Teaching the coach, coaching the teacher.” In M. Shoffner & R. St. Peter (Eds.), Teacher representations in dramatic text and performance (pp. 83-87). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cook, M. P., & Rodesiler, L. (2019). Using digital comics to support information literacy: 21st century research skills and authentic composing. In J. S. J. Kirchoff & M. P. Cook (Eds.), Perspectives on digital comics (pp. 221-235). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Lewis, M. A., & Rodesiler, L. (2018). Between being and becoming: The adolescent-athlete in young adult fiction. In I. Renga & C. Benedetti (Eds.), Sports and K-12 education: Insights for teachers, coaches, and school leaders (pp.135-150). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Federspiel, E., & Rodesiler, L. (2017). Who we are vs. who we wish to be: Examining heroism through comics and canonical literature. In S. Eckard (Ed.), Comic connections: Analyzing hero and identity (pp. 81-93). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rodesiler, L. (2016). Satiric remixes: Crafting commentaries about sport and society. In A. Brown & L. Rodesiler (Eds.), Developing contemporary literacies through sports: A guide for the English classroom (pp. 152-158). Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Brown, A., & Rodesiler, L. (2016). Introduction: Critical sports literacy. In A. Brown & L. Rodesiler (Eds.), Developing contemporary literacies through sports: A guide for the English classroom (pp. xxi-xxv). Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Rodesiler, L., & Brown, A. (2016). Conclusion. In A. Brown & L. Rodesiler (Eds.), Developing contemporary literacies through sports: A guide for the English classroom (pp. 227-229). Urbana, IL: NCTE.