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Sharon Pajka

Professor/Major-Minor Coordinator

Language, Education, and CultureEnglish

N207C Hall Memorial Building

(please email for an appointment)

202-651-5580 (alt)

About

  • Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia
  • Masters of Arts in Secondary English Education from Gallaudet University
  • Graduate Certificate in Public History from the University of Richmond
  • Bachelors of Arts in English and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University

Sharon Pajka is a Professor in the Department of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. Her recent publications focus on deaf characters and dead (e.g. vampire) characters in adolescent literature.

Her doctoral research focused on the portrayals and perceptions of Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. She currently keeps a research blog on the topic: http://pajka.blogspot.com/.

She enjoys teaching courses in adolescent literature and literary studies along with teaching interdisciplinary courses, including “Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture,” which made The Washington Post's list of "The 15 Oddest College Courses in the D.C. Region".

In 2018, Dr. Pajka completed a graduate program in Public History at the University of Richmond while developing a course focused on dark tourism.

On the weekends, you can find her in the cemetery giving history tours, and running River City Cemetarians; or, you can find her in the blogosphere at http://Goth-Gardening.blogspot.com/ where she uses “gardening” as a metaphor for living a more gothy life.

  • CAP-320 Field Experience (2010/02)(09)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2011/01)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2009/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2010/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2011/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2012/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2013/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2014/02)(01)
  • ENG-295 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2014/02)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2013/01)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2014/02)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2014/02)(03)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2014/02)(04)
  • ENG-390 Theories Comp/Lang (2010/01)(01)
  • ENG-395 Special Topics (2014/02)(04)
  • ENG-410 Adolescent Literature (2013/02)(01)
  • ENG-435 Seminar in Post-1800 Lit (2012/01)(01)
  • ENG-493 Senior Thesis Pjct [Tpc spc] (2013/01)(01)
  • ENG-495 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2009/02)(01)
  • ENG-499 Independent Study (2013/01)(02)
  • ENG-499 Independent Study (2012/02)(02)
  • ENG-499 Independent Study (2013/01)(03)
  • GSR-101 First Year Seminar (2010/01)(05R)
  • GSR-101 First Year Seminar (2009/01)(A01)
  • GSR-101 First Year Seminar (2009/01)(S12)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2010/01)(02R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2011/02)(03R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2012/02)(03R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2013/01)(08R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2012/01)(11R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2009/01)(R02)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2009/01)(R05)
  • GSR-150 Intro to Integrated Learning (2009/02)(05)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2010/01)(01)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2010/02)(01)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2011/01)(02)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2014/02)(02)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2010/02)(03)
  • GSR-240 Ethical Evaluations and Action (2011/01)(06)
  • ENG-50 English Language Study (2016/01)(01)
  • ENG-50 English Language Study (2017/01)(01)
  • ENG-70 Eng Lng Study:Reading and Writ (2015/02)(01)
  • ENG-70 Eng Lng Study:Reading and Writ (2016/02)(01)
  • ENG-195 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2017/02)(01)
  • ENG-195 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2017/02)(02)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2015/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2016/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2017/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2018/02)(01)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2019/02)(01)
  • ENG-295 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2015/01)(01)
  • ENG-295 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2017/01)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2016/01)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2016/02)(01)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2015/01)(02)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2016/02)(02)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2015/01)(03)
  • ENG-320 Field Experience (2016/02)(06)
  • ENG-405 American Literary Foundations (2020/01)(01)
  • ENG-410 Adolescent Literature (2016/01)(01)
  • ENG-410 Adolescent Literature (2018/02)(01)
  • ENG-499 Independent Study (2019/01)(01)
  • ENG-499 Independent Study (2017/02)(01)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2018/01)(03S)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2019/01)(10R)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2018/01)(13A)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2020/01)(13A)
  • GSR-102 Critical Reading and Writing (2018/01)(14A)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2015/01)(02)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2017/02)(02)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2017/01)(03)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2017/02)(04)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2019/02)(05)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2019/01)(08)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2019/02)(12)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2019/01)(09)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2018/02)(10)
  • ENG-208 Intro to Literature Studies (2020/02)(01)
  • ENG-295 Special Topics [Tpc to be spc] (2019/02)(01)
  • ENG-395 Special Topics (2020/01)(01)
  • ENG-408 Mltcltrl Literature & Perspctv (2019/02)(01)
  • ENG-410 Adolescent Literature (2020/02)(01)
  • GSR-210 Comparing Multicult Perspectiv (2019/02)(11)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2019/02)(05)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2020/03)(OL1)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2020/03)(OL5)
  • GSR-300 General Studies Capstone (2020/03)(OL7)
  • ENG-375 Media Literacy (2021/01)(01)
  • ENG-403 British Literary Foundations (2021/01)(01)
  • Advising Load 2020/02: Total:8 Undergraduate:8
  • Advising Load 2021/01: Total:12 Undergraduate:12
  • Advising Load 2021/02: Total:11 Undergraduate:11
  • Deaf Characters Step Into the Spotlight
  • The Hallmark Channel: Essays on Faith, Race and Feminism
  • Author and Professor Collaboration: A Special Hollywood Tour for Richmond Youth
  • Hollywood Cemetery Self-Guided Walking Tour-the Virginia Mysteries Edition
  • Hollywood Walking Tour Celebrates Arbor Day
  • New Book! You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! and an Interview with Alex Gino.
  • Growing Up With Vampires: Essays on the Undead in Children’s Media
  • ABC Family to Freeform TV: Essays on the Millennial-focused Network and Its Programs
  • Barrier-Free Access to the Ghosts of Gallaudet
  • Beyond the Veil and 'Behind the Veil': Clinton Dangerfield in Woodland Cemetery
  • Student Engagement with university history- reviewing the paranormal investigation of House One
  • The Doppelganger and Darkness in 'William Wilson
  • Gothic Gardening and Poe
  • Misfits and Allies: The portrayal of Goth in My Summer as a Goth (2018)
  • Poe and Shockoe Hill Cemetery
  • The Making of a Taphophile: One student at a time
  • Holy water, garlic, or a cross? The American Vampirization of the Female, Immigrant Teacher in Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
  • From Triage to Blueprint: The Challenges of Teaching with Technology during COVID
  • Notable Women Authors: Their Writing Gave Voice to Women’s Suffrage
  • Women Writers Buried in Virginia
  • Nevermore to Visit: Shockoe Hill Cemetery’s most famous non-resident, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Women Writers Buried in Virginia Cemeteries
  • Cemetery Guidebooks and Forgotten Women: Women Writers Buried in Virginia Cemeteries
  • Chair- Young Adult Literature session
  • Reading the Dead: Women Writers Buried in Hollywood Cemetery
  • Reading the Dead: Women Writers buried in Virginia Cemeteries
  • Griffith, Michael The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell
  • Searching for Women Writers and Reading the Dead
  • Episode 53 - Happy One Year Anniversary Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery Podcast!
  • Episode 73- Women's History Month
  • Sunset Cemetery and the Sisters in Black
  • Episode 74- Women's History Month (part 2)
  • Touring the graves of women writers buried in Virginia
  • The graves of Ellen Glasgow's dogs, a cemetery mystery
  • Family, Friends, and Foes of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Death's Garden Revisited: Personal Relationships with Cemeteries
  • Ellen Glasgow’s dogs, her garden, Pet Memorial Park, and Hollywood Cemetery
  • Dae-Kun Kim-Deaf Education (Doctoral Committee) 2017/01-2020/02
  • Council on Undergraduate Education: Member 2019/01-2021/02
  • Uncontrolled: Member 2008/01
  • English Department Executive Committee 2016/01-2019/01
  • English Evaluation Committee Member 2017/01-2019/02
  • Writing Award Judge 2018/01-2019/01
  • Major/Minor Coordinator 2020/01-2022/02
  • Faculty Showcase 2020/02-2020/02
  • Peer-Reviewer: Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature 2019/01
  • Peer Reviewer: ALAN Review 2006/01-2018/01
  • Board member: Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery 2022/01
  • Historic Walking Tour: Hollywood Cemetery 2014/03
  • Historic Walking Tour: Shockoe Hill Cemetery 2017/03-2018/03
  • Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour-The Virginia Mysteries version! With author, Steven K. Smith!: Hollywood Cemetery 2018/03-2018/03
  • Graduate Certificate program- Public History: Richmond, Virginia 2016/01-2017/02
  • Leading Equity Summit 2019/03-2019/03
  • Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT), Maryland 2011/03-2011/03
  • Quality Matters RUBRIC CERTIFICATE APPQMR 2013/01-2013/01
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course 2020/02
  • Quality Matters: Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery (TOL) 2020/02-2020/02
  • Helping English Majors Pivot from College to Career 2020/02-2020/02
  • Culturally Relevant and Responsive: Literacy Instruction in 2021 and Beyond 2020/02-2020/02
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE): January 2016
  • Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) : May 2019
  • Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association: January 2016
  • The Virginia Writers Club: February 2022-Ongoing
  • Nonfiction Authors Association: August 2022-Ongoing
  • Cemeteries & Gravemarkers Area of Popular Culture Association: March 2022-June 2022
  • American Girl 2016/01-2019/02
  • The Poe Museum 2018/02-2018/02
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    Sharon Pajka

    N207C Hall Memorial Building

    202-651-5580

    (please email for an appointment)

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