Sharon Pajka

Professor
English

Sharon Pajka

Phone Numbers

202-651-5580 (V)

Email

sharon.pajka@gallaudet.edu

Personal Website

http://pajka.blogspot.com/

Location

Hall Memorial Building N207C

Office Hours

MWF mornings and afternoons (please email for an appointment)

  • Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia
  • Masters of Arts in Secondary English Education from Gallaudet University
  • Bachelors of Arts in English and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University

Sharon Pajka is a Professor in the Department of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. Her recent publications focus on deaf characters and dead (e.g. vampire) characters in adolescent literature.

Her doctoral research focused on the portrayals and perceptions of Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. She currently keeps a research blog on the topic: http://pajka.blogspot.com/.

She enjoys teaching courses in adolescent literature and literary studies along with teaching interdisciplinary courses, including “Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture,” which made The Washington Post's list of "The 15 Oddest College Courses in the D.C. Region".

Currently, Dr. Pajka is pursuing a graduate degree in Public History at the University of Richmond while developing a course in dark tourism.

On the weekends, you can find her in the cemetery giving history tours, and running River City Cemetarians; or, you can find her in the blogosphere at http://Goth-Gardening.blogspot.com/ where she uses “gardening” as a metaphor for living a more gothy life.

I teach courses in the English Department and in General Studies.

Specialization: Adolescent Literature

Areas of Interest: Gothic Literature, and that which is dark and spooky

She enjoys teaching courses in adolescent literature and literary studies along with teaching interdisciplinary courses, including GSR 210- Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture, which made The Washington Post's list of "The 15 Oddest College Courses in the D.C. Region".

Currently, Dr. Pajka developing a course in dark tourism. In the summer 2017, she will be teaching GSR 220 - The Dead, Cemeteries, and Cultural Memory.

Recent Courses:

  • ENG 208 Introduction to Literature Studies
  • ENG 320 Field Experience Internship  
  • ENG 410 Adolescent Literature                 
  • GSR 210/ ENG 295-01     Comparing Multicultural Perspective: Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture
  • GSR 220 Methods of Multiples Disciplines: The Dead, Cemeteries, and Cultural Memory

Service at Gallaudet:

  • Battle of the Books Executive Committee Member & Judge
  • Youth Programs National Literacy Competition Judge
  • Self-Directed Majors Committee Member (former committee chair from 2010-2016)
  • Faculty Advisor to English Majors
  • Committee work within the English Department

Professional Membership:

  • Children’s Literature Association (ChLA)
  • The Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
  • The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN)
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Recent Publications:

 

Recent Presentations:

  • June 11, 2016. “Multiple identities in visual-verbal narratives with deaf characters” paper presentation for Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) in Columbus, Ohio
  • June 19, 2015. “Finding Liberty and Death in the Portrayals of Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature” paper presentation at The Children’s Literature Association (CHLA). Richmond, VA.
  • April 3, 2015. “Vampire as the Cultural Other: Understanding Deafula” paper presentation for The Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). New Orleans, LA.

Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature blog: http://pajka.blogspot.com/

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