Transformations Special Issue: Teaching Disability

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Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, a journal that invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic of scholarly writing, is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue, Teaching Disability.  This issue explores how teachers and scholars engage with disability in the classroom, whether their own disabilities or their students’, and as larger cultural and political questions. Sarah Chinn joins editors Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey as Guest Editor for the issue.

  • When his ASL interpreters seem to drive a wedge between Joseph Michael Valente and his international students, Valente works through solutions, as he embraces his Deaf identity.
  • What does it mean to embody disability in the classroom? Ellen Samuels discusses how she connects Disability Studies with feminist pedagogy in a Teacher’s Talk with Sarah Chinn.
  • Bryan Villa brings his experience as a wheelchair user to design a booklet with the deceptively simple title, “Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair.”
  • “The ADD Generation,” a term that has been used to derogate millennials, leads Sarah Senk to develop a pedagogy of deliberation and delay.
  •  Seven shorter Methods and Texts pieces each take up a specific course or teaching suggestion.

If you're in disability studies, literature, anthropology, education studies, women's and gender studies, or experiential learning, you will especially want to read this issue.

Individual copies of this issue are $10 - quantities are limited. Visit our website (below) for subscription information. You can also find this issue on JSTOR and EBSCO. Articles here are linked via JSTOR.

Table of Contents for Transformations: Teaching Disability

            Introduction. Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, editors

Teaching Crip; or, What We Talk about When We Talk about Disability Pedagogy. Sarah Chinn, guest editor

"Your American Sign Language Interpreters Are Hurting Our Educations": Toward a Relational Understanding of Inclusive Classroom Pedagogy. Joseph Michael Valente

Intersections of Disability Studies and Health Science. Sharon Cuff, Kathleen M. Goldrick, Stephanie Patterson, and Elizabeth Peterson

The Wanderer: Staging Autism as a Service-Learning Project. Telory D. Arendell

Making Stories Matter Inside and Outside the Classroom: Service Learning in a Disability in Literature Course.

            Bridget M. Marshall

Attention to the Text: Delay and the “ADD Generation.”  Sarah Senk

Theory Meets Practice in an Introduction to Disability Studies Course. Joanne Woiak and Dennis Lang

Cripping the Classroom: Disability as Teaching Method in the Humanities. Claire McKinney


Guide to Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair. Bryan Villa


“Vulnerability and Power”: Disability, Pedagogy, Identity. Ellen Samuels and Sarah Chinn

METHODS AND TEXTS                            

Pushing Up against Too Much: Reading, Writing, and Witnessing Illness in the First-Year Seminar. Ann Wallace

 Rewriting Another: Discussing Ethics and Disability though Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face and Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty. Elizabeth Vogel

“Cute Girl in Wheelchair --Why?”: Cripping YouTube. Rachel Reinke and Anastasia Todd

What's Best for Them: Teaching Disability Studies to Science Majors. Anna Mae Duane

Using Historical Materials to Teach Representations of Disability: A First World War Case Study. Emmeline Burdett

Shifting Students’ Imaginings of Disability. Kathryn Linn Geurts and Jessica Hansen

Here There Be Monsters: Teaching Disability Studies at CUNY’s Bronx Community College. Julia Miele Rodas

Past issues, available via JSTOR and in paper form for $10 from Transformations, include Teaching and Religion, Teaching Food, Teaching Popular Culture (double issue, $20), Teaching Under Attack, Teaching Sex, Teaching Digital Media.

Forthcoming issues include: 25th Anniversary Issue, Teaching Community, and Teaching Creativity

Contact:           Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors

New Jersey City University /Academic Affairs, Hepburn Hall, 309

2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Tel: (201) 200-3071  ·  Fax: (201) 200-3051  ·  Email:


Contact Info: 

Contact:           Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors

New Jersey City University /Academic Affairs, Hepburn Hall, 309

2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Tel: (201) 200-3071  ·  Fax: (201) 200-3051  ·  Email: