Department Chair, Professor of English
English, College of Arts and Sciences
Director of 5-12 and K-12 Education Programs
Education, College of Arts and Sciences
Started at Bethel
- Bethel College - B.A., 1986
- Mankato State University - M.S., 1994
- University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 2010
Teacher conceptions of literature and how they are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory; Student engagement
Brooks grew up in northern Wisconsin earned her original degree and teaching license at Bethel, returning to become a professor after a dozen years teaching high school and middle school English. She lives in Bloomington with her lovable but needy labrador retriever and her husband. They have two children who are in the process of moving into adulthood--a joyful adventure for the whole family!
- Juvenile Literature
- College Writing
- Methods of Teaching English
- Preparing the Methods Thesis/Project
(Forthcoming) Brooks, S. with Bacigalupa, C., Lensmire, T., Nathan, R., and Snaza, N. (2014). Chapter in Anti-racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and Writing. Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse.
Brooks, S. (2015). Information is not Enough: Facilitating Reflection and Changing Beliefs. Minnesota English Journal. http://minnesotaenglishjournalonline.org/
Brooks, S. (2012). Looking on the Brighter Side: Vampire Free Reading for Teens. MCTE Newsletter. 52: 2. pp. 3-4.
Brooks, S. (2014). Invited Presenter. What I Learned about Teaching, Period, by Teaching Online. Primetime Series. Bethel University Library.
Brooks, S. (2014). Just the Facts? Finding and Using Expository Texts in Ways that Will Enhance, not Replace your Curriculum. Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Convention, Duluth, Minnesota.
Brooks, S. (2013). Fostering Creativity in the Classroom—A Two-Day Workshop. Bethel University, Arden Hills, Minnesota.
Brooks, S. (2012). Helping Students Make Meaning Through Response Activities. Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Convention. St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards
Board Member, Minnesota Council of Teachers of English
Member, National Council of Teachers of English
Hobbies and Interests
Canoeing, Camping, Hiking, Gardening, Church Activities
From The Talmud--"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."