Nancy Farnan

Nancy Farnan

I have one of the best jobs in the world--with never a dull moment! I am a Professor in the College of Education, School of Teacher Education and teach credential and graduate courses in English education, reading/language arts, and middle level education. I also wear the hat of Graduate Program Coordinator and co-direct, with Dr. Bernie Dodge, a credential program that brings educational technology into the world of middle and secondary education.


I'm a California transplant from Ohio's Miami Valley, a little town near Dayton. Only those who have been in that vicinity or who remember hearing about the 1974 tornado will know Xenia, Ohio. That's my hometown, and I lived within a 15-mile radius for almost 30 years before moving to the farthest corner of the U.S.--San Diego. I decided long ago that I would spend my life in schools, beginning as a student, then becoming a middle and secondary school teacher, and, finally, moving to the university. I have three terrific children, one of whom has decided that she, too, wants to be a teacher. My husband is also my colleague; we are office partners and collaborate on our mutual interests in the areas of reading/writing/language arts curriculum and instruction. One of our shared passions is evident in our co-teaching at San Diego State a summer Writing Institute for Teachers, committed as we are to the idea that comprehensive writing programs are as critical to a child's education as are comprehensive and balanced reading programs.

Areas of Focus; Research/Project Interests

Like many people I know, the Type A personality, the workaholic profile, fits me pretty well. My interests outside of the work I do (which, incidentally, I thoroughly enjoy--I tell my students that this profession called teaching had better give them more energy than it takes because it takes a prodigious amount.) usually represent pure escapism. For that reason, I enjoy a good book, sailing, an absorbing movie, and travel (trips to places far away that offer new and exciting experiences).

Other Interesting Things

There are two things I would like to do. One is to learn a second language, to become functionally bilingual. The other is to write a piece of fiction, whether a short story or novel. Both of these I keep relegating to the "next" decade of my live, but if I'm not careful, I'll run out of decades. (I guess we all do, sooner or later.)

Last updated on Tuesday, June 4, 1996.

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