Alan Brown is Associate Professor of English Education at Wake Forest University. He is a former high school English teacher who now serves as department chair and English education coordinator in the Department of Education. He is also serves as director for the Wake Forest Center for Literacy Education and is co-PI for the TQP-funded Winston-Salem TEACH. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including action research, adolescent literacy, arts integration, educational leadership, English methods, secondary education, and young adult literature. His scholarly interests include critically examining the culture of sports in schools and society while connecting contemporary literacies to students’ extra-curricular interests. He is the co-editor of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports (NCTE, 2016) and has published in numerous education and sport journals.
Luke Rodesiler, a former high school English teacher and coach, is Associate Professor of Secondary Education and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. His scholarly interests revolve around the role of sports and other popular cultures in the English language arts classroom, media literacy education, and nontraditional forms of professional development. His work has been published through various academic outlets, including English Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, and English Journal. He is also the author of Bringing Sports Culture to the English Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2022).
Alan and Luke served as inaugural co-editors of English Journal's column titled "The Future Is Now" as well as editors of the NCTE book Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom.