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Jim Fredricksen


Co-Director Boise State Writing Project

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Since 2008, I have been an English educator at Boise State University, as well as Co-Director of the Boise State Writing Project. I taught seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts students in St. Charles, Illinois (1994-2003) and in Fairfield, Ohio (1992-1994).

I am a member of the National Writing Project (NWP), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Conference of English Education (CEE) where I serve as co-chair of the Writing Teacher Education commission.

My scholarship focuses on the ways in which teachers learn, especially in communities such as the classroom, school, or professional networks.


  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Writing, DePaul University
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, North Central College
  • B.A., English, Indiana University

Recent Publications

  • “Resources Preservice Teachers Use to Think About Student Writing.” Research in the Teaching of English. Accepted May 2015. Published in 2016. with Leah Zuidema.
  • So, What’s the Story?: Teaching Narrative to Understand Ourselves, Others, and the World by James E Fredricksen, Jeffrey D Wilhelm, and Michael W Smith. Published by Heinemann.
  • Oh, Yeah?!: Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out by Michael W Smith, Jeffrey D Wilhelm and James E Fredricksen. Published by Heinemann.
  • Get it Done!: Writing and Analyzing Informational Texts to Make Things Happen by Jeffrey D Wilhelm, Michael W Smith and James E Fredricksen. Published by Heinemann.

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