McConnel, J. (In-progress) Building Literacy Through Pop Culture in the ELA Classroom: Methods and Strategies to Reinvigorate the Secondary Curriculum and Inspire Students. Routledge.

McConnel, J. (2022) Styling Your Writing: Mixing and Matching Academic Writing Techniques to Create Something Uniquely You. Routledge.


McConnel, J. (In press). Making Art out of Data: Reflections on Crafting a Dissertation, in New Directions for the Dissertation, Busl, G., Reardon, K., & Ferriter, C. (Eds.).

McConnel, J. (In press). Reclaiming narratives: social media and Black Agency in The Hate U Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, in Contemporary Young Adult Literature and the Fashioning of Black & Brown Youth, Pipes, C. (Ed.).

McConnel, J., & Harbaugh, A. (2022). Matchmaking mathematics: Teaching algorithms and probability with Nandini Bajpai’s A Match Made in Mehendi, in Developing Mathematical Literacy through Young Adult Literature. Greathouse, P., & Anthony, H. (Eds.). Rowman and Littlefield.

McConnel, J. (2021). What is the price of ambition? How do you decide if that price is too high? Teaching Macbeth with On the Come Up. in Shakespeare and Adolescent Literature: Pairing and Teaching, Malo-Juvera, V., Greathouse, P., & Eisenbach, B. (Eds.). Rowman and Littlefield.

McConnel, J. (2020). The fractured pedagogy of care: How Hogwarts’ teachers (don’t) demonstrate self-care. in Lessons from Hogwarts: Essays on the Pedagogy of Harry Potter, Rovan, M. & Wehler, M. (Eds.) Jefferson, NC: McFarland.


McConnel, J. (2022). "Exploring Ungrading in an Elementary Writing Methods Course," Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 11(2) Article 9. Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/wte/vol11/iss2/9

McConnel, J., & Beach, P. (2021). "I'm Not the Only Writer in The Room": A Framework for Co-Creating Confident Writing Classrooms. Language & Literacy. 23(3). 66-84. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/langandlit/index.php/langandlit/article/view/29517

McConnel, J. (2021). Thresholds and Ordeals: (Re)Storying the Teacher’s Journey. Changing English. https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2021.1895723

Beach. P., Henderson, G., & McConnel, J. (2021). Elementary teachers’ cognitive processes and metacognitive strategies during self-directed online learning, Teachers and Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2020.1863206

Henderson, G. E., Beach, P., Sun, L., & McConnel, J. (2020). Does the content of financial literacy education resources vary based on who made or paid for them? Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 19(3), 192–210. https://doi.org/10.1177/2047173420961031

McConnel, J. (2020). Metaphors for Literacy: Making Space for Layered Perspectives about Writing. English Journal, 110(2), National Council of Teachers of English, 85–91.

McConnel, J, & Beach, P. (2020, October 26). Co-Creating Confident Writing Classrooms: A Framework for Teachers. Writers Who Care. https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/co-creating-confident-writing-classrooms-a-framework-for-teachers/

McConnel, J., & de Leon, C.M. (2020). The Brightest Part of the Forest: A Grit Analysis of an Ontario Children’s Book Award” Language & Literacy, 22(2), 64-79. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/langandlit/index.php/langandlit/article/view/29473

McConnel, J. (2019). Fan spaces as third spaces: Tapping into the creative community of fandom. English Journal. 109(1), 45-51.

Beach, P., Kirby, J., McDonald, P., and McConnel, J. (2019). How do elementary teachers study and learn from a multimedia model of reading development? An exploratory eye-tracking study. Canadian Journal of Education, 42(4), 1022-1058.

Beach, P., & McConnel, J. (2018). Eye tracking methodology for studying teacher learning: A review of the research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education.

Beach, P., McDonald, P., McConnel, J., & Kirby, J. (2018). Investigating how teachers interact with a visual model of reading development: An eye-tracking study. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 5(11), 21.

McConnel, J. (2018). ‘Why are we doing this?’: Using digital reflection to increase student engagement. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 11(2), 13–22. https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-9795/CGP/v11i02/13-22

McConnel, J., & Zamborsky, E. (2017). ‘Thou talks’t of nothing’: Teaching Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary context. Unboxed. 17.


McConnel, J. (January 23, 2021). Lessons Learned from Graduate School on Working Toward Wellness. Women Aspire Together Magazine. pp. 52-53. https://www.wtogether.ca/magazine-issue-2

Beach, P., McConnel, J., and Mendes, B. (2020). A multi-sensory structured language course for classroom teachers exploring educators’ practices and perceptions of their professional learning in reading. Queen’s University.

McConnel, J. (2019). That one class. in Wearing, J., Ingersoll, M., DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., Ogden, H., & Christou, T. (Eds.), Key Concepts in Curriculum Studies: Perspectives on the Fundamentals. New York: Routledge.

McConnel, J. (2020). How do teachers decide which financial literacy resources to bring into their classrooms? Research in a Nutshell, 4(2).

McConnel, J., & de Leon, C. (November 10, 2019). These children’s picture books nurture grit, determination and hope. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/these-childrens-picture-books-nurture-grit-determination-and-hope-125179

McConnel, J. (October 18, 2019). The benefits of yoga in student life. The Journal. https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2019-10-17/student-life/the-benefits-of-yoga-in-student-life

Soleas, E., & McConnel, J. (February 3, 2019). Scrolling through fairy-tale fantasies on social media can demolish your confidence, but it’s not all bad. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/scrolling-through-fairy-tale-fantasies-on-social-media-can-demolish-your-confidence-but-its-not-all-bad-109216

McConnel, J. (2019, January 7). The Teacher/Poet in V Parts. Writers Who Care. https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/the-teacher-poet-in-v-parts/


February 2021. Writing Two Ways. Literacies Research Group Author Panel, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

November 2020. Using Metaphor to Prompt Reflection and Transform our Teaching. Longwood University Blackwell Talks, Farmville, VA, United States.

December 2019. Toronto’s City Diplomacy: A Project Overview. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada.

November 2019. Teaching (and becoming) confident writers. CURR 317, Dr. Claire Ahn, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

October 2019. Flexible writing: What yoga can teach us about academic writing. EGSS Graduate Student Writing Retreat, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

March 2019. Crafting wellness: An arts-informed exploration of creating your joy. Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

April 2018. Writing skills: Building your foundation. EGSS Workshop Series, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

August 2015. Yoga for Writers: Unlocking your creative potential. Babes on the Beach Writing Conference, Emerald Isle, NC, United States.


Busl, G., Carson, A.D., Brown, N., Helms, J, Kumar, K.S., McConnel, J., Gossett, K., & McKoy, T. (January 2022). New Directions for the Dissertation. Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Virtual.

Eisenbach, B., Dail, J., Goodsite, M., Haughey, J., Hundley, M., Kruger-Ross, M., McConnel, J., & Schmidt, P. (November 2021). Shakespeare and young adult literature: Pairing for social justice. On Demand Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), Virtual.

McConnel, J. (June 2021) Free Books (sort of): Addressing Issues of Access and Content in Online Literary Resources from Scholastic and Epic! Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Virtual.

McConnel, J. (June 2021) Social Media as Sites of Resistance, Persistence, and Delight: What Teachers can Learn from the Novels of Angie Thomas. Pop Culture Association National Conference, Virtual.

McConnel, J. (October 2020). Picturing academic literacy: Exploring the experiences of first-year college students (and their instructors). International Literacy Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, United States. (Conference canceled)

Beach, P., McConnel, J. & Henderson, G. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Elementary Teachers' Cognitive Processes and Metacognitive Strategies During Self-Directed Online Learning [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/v4o4n5j (Conference Canceled)

McConnel, J. (April 2020). The fractured pedagogy of care: How Hogwarts’ teachers (don’t) demonstrate self-care. National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, United States. https://pcaaca.org/news/2020-04-11/2020-program-draft-available (Conference canceled)

McConnel, J. (February 2020). Exploring female graduate students’ metaphors for research. Scholarship Beyond Boundaries Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

McConnel, J. (February 2020). Picturing Academic Literacy: An Artful Exploration of Student and Teacher Perceptions. Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Kingston, ON, Canada.

McConnel, J. (January 2020). Climbing a mountain, meeting a beast, and waiting for something to grow: Using metaphors to understand and support graduate students’ writing. Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, United States.
Beach, P., Kirby, J., McDonald, P., & McConnel, J. (July, 2019). Examining how teachers study a multimedia model of reading development: Do eye movement patterns affect what teachers learn? Annual Conference of the Society of Scientific Studies of Reading, Toronto, ON, Canada.

McConnel, J., & de Leon, C. (June, 2019). The brightest part of the forest: A grit analysis of an Ontario children’s book award. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Beach, P., Henderson, G., & McConnel, J. (June, 2019). Examining elementary teachers’ learning experiences as they use the Canadian Financial Literacy database. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

McConnel, J. (March, 2019). A fractured pedagogy of care: What teachers can learn about self-care from Hogwarts. Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Wearing, J., McConnel, J., & de Leon, C. (March, 2019). The creativity of research: Multiple approaches to finding (and telling) your research story. Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Kingston, ON, Canada.

McConnel, J. (January, 2019). The curriculum of fandom: What are writers learning on Wattpad? Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, United States.

McConnel, J. (October, 2018). Patanjali’s Pedagogy: Using Yogic Philosophy to Enhance Creativity in the Classroom and Beyond. Artful Inquiry Research Group Symposium, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Beach, P., McDonald, P., Kirby, & McConnel, J. (August, 2018). Investigating how teachers interact with a visual model of reading development: An eye-tracking study. Scandinavian Workshop on Applied Eye Tracking, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

McConnel, J. (June, 2018). Growth, grit, or gloom? An analysis of award-winning titles in the Canadian “Forest of Reading.” Children’s Literature Association, San Antonio, TX, United States.

McConnel, J. (March, 2018). AP Capstone: Opportunities Outside the Box? Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education, Kingston, ON, Canada.

McConnel, J. (March, 2018). Why Are We Doing This? Using Digital Reflection to Increase Student Engagement. E-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Research Network, New York, NY, United States.

McConnel, J. (June, 2016). A Person or a Creampuff: Body Image and Identity in “Anastasia”. Children’s Literature Association, Columbus, OH, United States.

McConnel, J. (March, 2016). Storyteller or Sultan: Power in Recent YA Adaptations of “Arabian Nights”. International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, United States.

McConnel, J. (June, 2015). Lovesick: Depression and Self-Harm in ‘Cupid and Psyche’ and Subsequent Adaptations. Children’s Literature Association, Richmond, VA, United States.

McConnel, J. (May, 2014). YA vs. NA: A Creative Workshop. A Rally of Writers, Lansing, MI, United States.

McConnel, J. (June, 2009). The Power of Three: Sibling Trios in Fantasy Literature. Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, NC, United States.