Nancy Brashear, PhD

Professor Emerita, Department of English

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Nancy Brashear, PhD, began her 30-year education career as a K–12 teacher in public schools, then taught college English courses for five years prior to entering the field of teacher education, and served as a CCTC, ACSI, and WASC accreditation team member. She has a special interest in literacy development for all ages, literacy and language development for second-language learners, children’s and adolescent literature, creative writing, and teacher education.


  • PhD, Education, Claremont Graduate School
  • MA, Education, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


  • Standard Life Credential, Grades K–8
  • Standard Life Credential for English, Grades 7–12
  • Ryan Reading Specialist Credential, K–Adult Education
  • Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD), Grades K–12
  • Pathwise Classroom Performance Assessments Observer Proficiency Certificate 4 (ETS)

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Literacy and Language Development
  • Teacher Education

Courses Taught

  • EDLS 300 – Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, K–12
  • ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing Seminar
  • ENGL 111 – Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 434 – Children's Literature
  • ENGL 436 – Adolescent Literature