Jeanne Muzzillo

Associate Professor

Bradley Hall 352
(309) 677-2470

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, English Education from Purdue University


Jeanne Smith Muzzillo completed 18 wonderful years of teaching English Language Arts in secondary schools. Her experiences took her to a number of locations in Indiana, coaching track and basketball and speech teams as well. She is especially proud of starting an AP English program at her last position and establishing a program for novice readers and writers. Unrelenting curiosity prompted her to pursue doctoral work, investigating linguistics, literary critical theory, and pedagogy. Her dissertation work explored the use of prose learning in teaching literature and interrogated the practice of oral interpretation in high schools.  


Currently Jeanne is teaching the four methods courses which make up the English Education program at Bradley University. Her appointment resides in the English department where she also teaches Freshman Composition and Young Adult Literature. 


Recent publications include:

  • Muzzillo, Jeanne Smith. “Positive Effects of Ambiguity When Created by Rhetorical Devices: To Be or Not To Be.”  Etc.: A Review of General Semantics  67.4 (2010): 452-468. Print.
  • Muzzillo, Jeanne Smith. “Perspective Giving and Taking in the Secondary English Class:  Considering the Case of Erin Gruwell.” Young Adult Literature and Adolescent Identity Across Cultures and Classrooms. Ed. Janet Alsup. New York:  Routledge, 2010. 173-187. Print.

Research interests include:

  • Developing alternative methods for teaching grammar
  • Teacher and student identity formation
  • Bridging race divides with oral performance
  • Humor mechanisms, particularly as strands in prose literature
  • Use of role theory and theater performance applications for private
  • meaning construction


Jeanne Smith Muzzillo serves as the Coordinator of English Education and is a volunteer tutor at Common Place and with the Peoria Parks District Youth Outreach programs. She is the Bradley University sponsor of C.H.O.I.C.E.S.