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Jennifer Black

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Dr. Jennifer Black has taught English at Boise State since 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Boston University in 2004; her dissertation was an interdisciplinary study of women’s self-representation in Early Modern Europe, focusing on the poems of Isabella Whitney and Vittoria Colonna and the paintings of Clara Peeters and Sofonisba Anguissola. Dr. Black teaches classes in English literature–especially the literature of the English Renaissance (including Shakespeare), English composition, Foundational Studies, and Humanities. She also helps to facilitate the eCampus Teaching Online Seminar and mentors Boise State faculty members who are teaching online. As part of the Collaborative for Teaching Writing Online, she has published articles and presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Her research interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Online Teaching, Epic Poetry, Women’s Literature, Renaissance Europe, and Interdisciplinary Arts.


  • Ph.D., Renaissance Studies, Boston University
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Humanities-English, Brigham Young University


Shakespeare, Online teaching, Renaissance literature, English Composition, Higher Education

Recent Publications

  • Black, J. and Cox, S (forthcoming). “Case study on a High-Enrollment Freshman Seminar”. In L. Santos Green, J. R. Banas, & R. Perkins (Eds.), The flipped college classroom: Conceptualized and re-conceptualized. New York: Springer.
  • Cox, S., Black, J., Heney, J., Keith, M. “Promoting Teacher Presence: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Feedback to Student Writing Online.” Teaching English at Two Year College. 42.4 (May 2015): 376 391.
  • Black, J., Moore, C., Glackin, B. C., Ruppel, M. D., Watson, E. J. “Integrating Information Literacy, the POGIL Method, and iPads into a Foundational Studies Program.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41.2 (2015): 155-169.
  • Keith, Melissa, Jen Black, Steph Cox and Jill Heney, “Into Active Voice: Seeking Agency through Collaborative Scholarship.” In Contingent Faculty Publishing in Community: Case Studies for Successful Collaborations. Eds. Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Letizia Guglielmo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


  • UF 100 Intellectual Foundations: The History and Future of Higher Education
  • English 102 College Writing and Research
  • Humanities 207 Introduction to Humanities
  • English 210 Introduction to Literature
  • English 345 Shakespeare
  • English 350 English Renaissance Literature
  • English 351 Milton
  • English 395 Women Writers