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Job title: 
Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature Education, Literatures in English


Research Interests: 
• Gender and nation in postcolonial literature
• Caribbean children's literature
• Poetry pedagogy
• Transformative and response-oriented approaches to the teaching of literature
• The Caribbean female-authored short story
• Love studies
• Literature education
Qualifications & Experience: 

Dr. Aisha Spencer holds an undergraduate degree and graduate degrees in Literatures in English and a Post-Diploma degree in Language Education.  She also holds a Diploma in Psychology, with distinction. She has been teaching Language and Literature for 23 years and has been a lecturer in Language and Literature Education for 15 years.  She has also lectured in the area of Literatures in English for over 8 years, facilitating students in the areas of Postcolonial Literature, Gender, National Discourse, Ecocritical Perspectives on Literature and foundational courses in the three literary genres.

Dr. Spencer has been heavily involved in the training of teachers for the past 13 years and has functioned in both professional and administrative capacities in the field of Education, and more specifically, Literature Education. She has been involved in both international and national projects which focus on the use of transformative, response-oriented literature pedagogy in primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms. She has presented at several workshops on Literature Pedagogy, often focusing heavily on the area of Poetry. Dr. Spencer is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (JEDIC), a member of the International Children’s Literature Association, and the Mona Campus Digital Transformation representative for the Undergraduate Academic Domain. She is also the founder and director of "Talk the Poem", Jamaica's first National Poetry Recitation Competition for secondary school students.

  • Spencer, A. & Darvin, J. (2021). “Until You Too Have Journeyed”: Empowering Teachers Through a Cross-Cultural Online Collaborative Learning Space. In E. Blair & K. Williams (Eds). The Handbook on Caribbean Education. (pp. 279-296). Information Age Publishing.
  • Spencer, A. (2020). ‘Let Every Child Run Wild’: Cultural Identity and the Role of the Child in Caribbean Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. In R. Cummings & A. Donnell (Eds.), Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2000. (Caribbean Literature in Transition, p. I) (pp. 164-182). Cambridge University Press.
  • Spencer, A. (2019). ‘Removing the Stranglehold’: Reshaping Encounters with Poetry through Participatory Observation. In L. Tateo & S. Stewart (Eds.). Decolonizing qualitative methodologies in the Caribbean. Information Age Publishing.
  • Spencer, A. (2018). ‘Breaking the Mirror’: Reshaping perceptions of national progress through the representation of marginalized cultural realities. In J. Stephens (Ed.), The Routledge companion to international children’s literature (pp. 114-122). Routledge.
Research Projects: 
Founder & Director, Talk the Poem National Poetry Recitation Competition
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