Clemson education professor Jonda C. McNair has been selected co-editor of Language Arts, a professional journal for elementary and middle school teachers and teacher educators.

Clemson education professor Jonda C. McNair has been named a co-editor of Language Arts, a professional journal for elementary and middle school teachers and teacher educators.

CLEMSON — Clemson education professor Jonda C. McNair has been named a co-editor of a leading national education journal.

McNair, professor of literacy education at Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, is one of four professors nationwide to be selected co-editors of Language Arts, a professional, peer-reviewed journal for elementary and middle school teachers and teacher educators.

The journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English, Language Arts provides a forum for discussions on all aspects of language arts learning and teaching, primarily as they relate to children in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade. Issues discuss theory and classroom practice, highlight current research and review children’s and young adolescent literature as well as classroom and professional materials of interest to language arts educators. Published since 1924, Language Arts has a circulation of 5,000.

A member of the Clemson faculty since 2003, McNair specializes in literature intended for youth with an emphasis on books written by and about African-Americans. She recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and she serves as co-editor of the Journal of Children’s Literature and department editor for the Language Arts children’s literature reviews column. Her work has appeared in such journals as Review of Educational Research, The Reading Teacher, Young Children, The Journal of Negro Education and Children’s Literature in Education.

McNair holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture from The Ohio State University. A former elementary school teacher, she is a member of professional organizations that include the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association and the International Literacy Association.

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