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Associate Professor
School of Education
Theresa Hall (THE) 308B

School of Education


  • Ph.D. in English Education, University of Virginia
  • M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S. in English, Towson University


Dr. Kelly Bull joined the faculty of Notre Dame of Maryland in 2008. Dr. Bull believes strongly in shared governance and has served in multiple roles including the Faculty Senate, University Promotion and Tenure, Grievance, Faculty Research and Development, and Strategic Planning Task Forces. In the School of Education, Dr. Bull has served on the Initial Certification, Professional Development Schools, Operations Efficiency, edTPA, Specialized Professional Association committees, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Dr. Bull teaches courses in research, literacy, language, and culture. Her scholarship has been published in English Journal, The ALAN Review, Theory into Practice, and SIGNAL Journal. She has written numerous book chapters on adolescent literacy, English Language Learners, and teacher education.

Active in professional organizations, Dr. Bull is the Maryland state representative for the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. She involves her NDMU students in critical inquiry and social justice pedagogy, as they work to build inclusive communities and increase K-12 students’ academic achievement.


  • Bull, K. (2020). Preparing teacher candidates to meet the needs of English Language Learners: Social justice as foundation. In B. Asmus & C. Gonzalez (Eds.). Engaging the critical in English education. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Bull, K. (2019). Building inclusive communities. In K. Lindblom & L. Christenbury (Eds.). Continuing the journey: Becoming a better teacher of language, speaking, and listening. Portsmouth, MA: Heinneman.
  • Bull, K. & J. Bach (Eds.). (2017). Multicultural and multivoiced stories for adolescents [Special issue]. English Journal, 107(1).
  • Bull, K., Dupuis, J. & A. Snyder (2017). More than a metaphor: Drowning cities, social justice and environmentalism. SIGNAL Journal.
  • Bull, K. & J. Dupuis (2017).  Young adult literature as the sustaining force: An interdisciplinary approach to teaching environmentalism. Teaching Young Adult Literature Today: Insights, Considerations, and Perspectives for the Classroom Teacher. 2nd ed. J. A. Hayn, J. S. Kaplan, D. R. Clemmons. Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham.
  • Bull, K.  (2016).  Analyzing and integrating: YA science books that foster interdisciplinary connections. In J.A. Hayn & A. Nolen (Eds.), Young adult nonfiction: Gateway to the Common Core. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield. 
  • Bull, K. & J. Dupuis. (2014). Nonfiction and interdisciplinary inquiry: Multimodal learning in English and biology.  English Journal, 103(3), 73-79.
  • Bull, K. & J. Dupuis (2013). The role of young adult nonfiction in English and Biology classrooms: An interdisciplinary approach to teaching genetics. The ALAN Review, 41(1), 33-45.
  • Bull, K., Dulaney, M. North-Coleman, C., Kaplan, J. & L. Stover. (2013). “Change” As an interdisciplinary theme: YA Literature in the content areas. English Journal, 102(3), 121-125.
  • Bull, K.  (2012).  Identifying obstacles and garnering support: Young adult literature in the English language arts classroom.  In J. Hayn, J. Kaplan (Eds.), Teaching young adult literature today: Insights, consideration and perspectives for the classroom teacher and educational researcher (pp. 61-78).  Lanham:  Rowan & Littlefield.
  • Bull, K. (2011).  Connecting with texts:  Teacher candidates reading young adult literature.  Theory into Practice, 50(3), 223–230.  doi: 10.1080/00405841.2011.584033

National Refereed Sessions

  • Bull, K. Conflicts Along the U.S. – Mexico Border: Inquiry into Immigration and Unaccompanied Minors. National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD., 2019.
  • Bull, K., Venkatraman, P., Stover, L., Kadohata, C., North, C., & S. Ali. Inquire and Discover: Authentic Voices and Cultures in Middle Grades & YA Literature. National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD., 2019.
  • Dupuis, J. & K. Bull.  More Than a Metaphor: Human Impact, Drowned Cities, and Social Justice. North American Association of Environmental Educators, Spokane, WA., 2018.
  • Bull, K. & Reyes, T. Speaking Out for Equity and Justice in English Education. National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, TX., 2018.
  • Bull, K. Honoring the Refugee and Immigrant Experience: Preparing Students and Teachers to Speak Out for Equity and Justice. National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, TX., 2018.
  • Bull, K. Building Intercultural Communication with Refugee. National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, TX., 2018.
  • Bull, K., Stover, L., & C. North.  Giving Voice to Women in the Past to Empower Women in the Future. National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, TX., 2018.
  • Bull, K., Wagner, A. & E. Sullivan.  Syrian Refugees Today and Tomorrow: Growing Relationships and Building Inclusive Communities. National Council of Teachers of English, St. Louis, MO., 2017. 
  • Bull, K., et al.  Recapturing the YA Voice in Literature: Culture, Family, and Identity. National Council of Teachers of English, St. Louis, MO., 2017. 
  • Bull, K., et al. Culturally Diverse YAL: Voices of Advocacy & Community.  National Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, GA., 2016. 
  • Spratt, E., Walrath, D., Bull, K., & A. Moore.  Addressing social justice through the novel “Like Water on Stone.”  National Council for the Social Studies. Washington, DC., 2016.
  • Bull, K., et al.  Celebrating Diversity Within and Beyond the Classroom:  Young Adult Literature, Equity, & Social Justice.  Annual Meeting, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Minneapolis, MN., 2015. 
  • Bull, K., Levithan, D., Lockhart, E. Bach, J., Bickmore, S., Hazlett, L., Hayn, J., Kaplan, Dredger, K., Kelly, K., Polleck, J., Prickett, R., Schieble, M., Malo-Juvera, V., Hundley, M., Donovan, S., Thomas, E., Williams, W. Landscapes of Adolescence: Multi-genre, Multicultural, and Multi-voiced Stories for Young Adults. National Council of Teachers of English, National Harbor, MD. 2014. 
  • Bull, K., Hazlett, L., Lewis, M., Petrone, R., Sarigianides, S., & Bach, J. Innovative literature instruction: Re-inventing pedagogy to foster curricular exploration.  National Council of Teachers of English Boston, MA., 2013. 
  • Bull, K.,   Groenke, S., Hazlett, L., Lewis, M., Sellers, M., North-Coleman, C., & Parker, J. Differentiate, Motivate, Connect: Engaging Urban Youth with Meaningful Literacy.  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Las Vegas, NV, 2012. 
  • Kaplan, J., Nicholson, M., Stover, L., North-Coleman, C., Beumer-Johnson, A., & Bull, K. Forging ahead by collaborating with content area colleagues:  Interdisciplinary young adult literature. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Workshop, Chicago, IL. 2011.
  • Hayn, J., Kaplan, J., Johnson, A., Hazlett, L., Nicholson, M., Comer, M., Dredger, K., Kelly, K., Mortimer-Smith, S., Crawford, S., & Bull, K. How can the study of multicultural young adult literature contribute to cross -cultural understanding among adolescent readers?  National Council of Teachers of English, Orlando, FL. 2010. 
  • Bull, K. Cormier, Crutcher, and preservice teachers:  Connecting once and future classics.  National Council of Teachers of English. Philadelphia, PA. 2009.

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Research and Development Award, NDMU, 2020. Principal Investigator. TESOL Teachers of the Year: Beliefs and Critical Reflections on Classroom Practices. 
  • Faculty Research and Development Award, NDMU, 2019. Principal Investigator. World Literature Based Instruction. 
  • Mission Advancement Grant, NDMU, 2017, Principal Investigator. Syrian Refugees: Building Inclusive Communities Through Literature Discussions. 
  • Faculty Research and Development Award, NDMU, 2015. Principal Investigator. World Literature for Young Adults Multimedia Project.  
  • Research grant awarded by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Foundation. 2009. Principal Investigator. Young Adult Literature in the English Language Arts Classroom:  Supports and Obstacles Educators Face.

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • English Language Arts Teacher Educators
  • Commission on the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature
  • Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • State of Maryland Literacy Association
  • TESOL International Association
  • Maryland TESOL