Biographical Sketch

Jill Heinrich is an Associate Professor of Education.  She taught high school English for eleven years, and her research interests include religious literacy and separation of church and state in American public education, masculinity studies, and post-colonial education and culture in Belize.  Heinrich teaches an off-campus course in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye in the country of Belize. 

Academic History

PhD in English Education, The University of Iowa, 2001

MS in English, Iowa State University, 1989

BA in English, Northern Illinois University, 1985


"The Devil is in the Details:  In America, Can You Really Say 'God' in School?"  ICHE Conference, Paris, France.  June 2015.

"Masculinity in America: The Men's Movement & Its Sounds of Silence." (2014).  HAIG Presentation Cornell College.

"The Devil is the Details:  Can I Really Say 'God' in School." (2012). HAIG Presentation Cornell College.

 “Boys’ Talk: Mediating Masculinity in the High School Setting."  (2011). Paper Presentation.  Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society.

 "Authentic Questions and Authentic Inquiry.” (2008) Paper Presentation. Carnegie SOTL Conference. Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

 “Confronting the Criticisms: Why Educators Might Resist Standardized Essay Writing.” (2004). Paper Presentation. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

“Boys’ Talk: Mediating Masculinity in the English Classroom.” (2002) Paper Presentation. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

“Professional Mentoring in Secondary Schooling.” (2000) Paper Presentation. National Council of Teachers of English Professional Leadership Conference. Milwaukee, WI.



"Engaging Students in Authentic Questions for Reflective Practice." (co-author Jean Donham).  Teacher Education & Practice. Vol. 28. Issue 4 (in press)

 “Searching for a Masculine Model: Missteps made during three Decades of the Men’s Movement & Why Moderation is the Key.”   Journal of Men’s Studies. Vol. 22 No. 3 Fall 2014.    

 “The Devil is in the Details: In America, Can you really say ‘God’ in School?’ Educational Review, 24 Sept. 2013. 

 “Boys’ Talk: Mediating Masculinity in the High School Setting.” The High School Journal  Dec 2012/Jan. 2013 Vol. 96 No. 2 Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

 “Mental Models of Research: Generating Authentic Questions.” (co-authors K. Bostwick & J. Donham) College Teaching. Jan. – Mar. 2010 Vol 58 No. 1.  

Book Review. Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents by Debra Appleman. (co-author C. Lewis)  Journal of Literacy Research. Teachers College Press, October 2000.

Courses Taught

  • Education and Culture
  • Secondary Teaching Methods
  • Reading in the Content Areas
  • Comparative Education in Belize
  • Masculinity & Education
  • Education Senior Seminar

Academic Awards

State Panel Board Member, Iowa Department of Education, 2014 to present

Research Award, Iowa Library Association, 2010

Promising New Researcher Award, National Council of Teacher's of English, 2002



Service to the Cornell Community

  • Research, Tenure & Promotion Committee, 2013-15
  • Administration Committee, 2013-15
  • Education Department Chair, 2011 - 2015
  • MAT Advisor
  • Symposium Committee, 2012-13, 2004-08, Chair 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Faculty Development Committee, 2012-13
  • Academic Programs Sub-Committee, 2011-12
  • Academic Affairs, 2011-12
  • Technology Advisory Committee, 2011-12 & 2008-09
  • Student Life Committee, 2010-2012
  • Writing Program Committee, 2003, Chair 2004



Mellon Grant for Curricular Enhancement - Education Department, 2012, 2014

Associated Colleges of the Midwest Innovating Change Grant for Curricular Development, 2013-14

Mellon Grant for Latin American Studies Course Development, 2011

Iowa Department of Education, Formative Assessment Grant, 2012

McConnell Faculty Development Grant, 2011

McConnell Sabbatical Grant, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1988