Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck

Adjunct Professor

Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck has been teaching literature and writing courses at Lesley since 2014. Her course credits include: Essentials of English, English Composition, Writing & the Literary Arts, Writing Workshop, World Literature I, and World Literature II.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Education Studies. She was a 2016 Education Pioneers Summer Fellow, and has received numerous awards for her scholarship, volunteer work, and creative writing, including an Alpha Kappa Alpha Merit Award (2015), Lesley University’s Dean’s Merit Scholarship (2017), Harvard Medical School’s Community Service Award (2012), a Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant (2015), and a finalist award for her very short fiction from Glimmer Train (2012).


Selected Publications

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2017). Aesthetic Readings of Diverse Global Literary Narratives for Social Justice. English Journal, 106(6), 61–65.

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2017). Review: “Most Likely to Succeed.” Comparative Education Review, 61(2), 455-457. doi: https://doi.org/10.1086/691179.

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M., Shinas, V.H., & Steckel, B. (2017). One Teacher’s Enactment of TPACK+ in the History Classroom. Literacy Research and Instruction, 56(2), 158-175.

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2016). “Writing Again.” Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer (22), 42-47.

Steckel, B., Shinas, V. H., & Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2015). Artistic Technology Integration: Stories from Primary/Elementary Classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 69(1), 41-49.


Selected Presentations

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2017). Aesthetic Readings of Diverse Literary Narratives for Social Justice. Roundtable presentation at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2016). Literary Text Selection in Massachusetts’ 9-12 ELA Classrooms. Roundtable presentation at Literacy Research Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Van Vaerenewyck, L.M. (2016). Pedagogy of world literature: Reconnecting with the aesthetic. Paper presentation at Action Research Network of the Americas Conference, Knoxville, TN.

Van Vaerenewyck, L. M., Shinas, V. H. & Steckel, B. (2014). TPACK+ in the preK-12 Classroom: Examining Teacher’s Technology Integrated Instruction. Roundtable presentation at Literacy Researcher Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.