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Assistant Director

Allison Varnes

Allison Varnes is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and is the Assistant Director of the Center for Children’s and Adult Literature. She earned a PhD in Education with a specialization in English education, a Master of Science degree in Teacher Education with a concentration in special education, and a BA in English, all from the University of Tennessee. Prior to working in higher education, Varnes was a high school special education teacher for eight years.

Varnes has publications in Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, English Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Knowledge Quest. Her research interests include the effects of education policy reform on experienced teachers, as well as children’s motivation to read. Her dissertation research examined the impact of education policy reform on experienced English teachers in a rural high school.

Varnes is the author of the middle-grade novel Property of the Rebel Librarian (2018) and Say It Out Loud (2021), both published by Random House Children’s Books.

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224 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-2305