Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
and Humanities Program
Marshall University Graduate College
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
Phone - 1-800-642-9842; (304) 746-1984

Academic Degrees

  Ph.D. Duke University 1974 English Education
  M.Ed. University of Florida 1967 Education and Linguistics
  B.A. Queens College of CUNY 1964    Comparative Languages


Professional Experience

  1988 - Present Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education and Humanities Program, Marshall University Graduate College
  1982 – 1988 Assistant Professor, Department of English
West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV
  1981-1982 Director, Basic Skills Center, Campbell University, Buies
Creek, North Carolina
  1979 – 1980 Adjunct, Department of English, Campbell University
  1975 - 1979 Assistant Professor, West Virginia Graduate College, Institute,
West Virginia
  1974 – 1975 Adjunct, Department of Education, University of Florida,
St. Petersburg Campus.
  1973 – 1974 Instructor, Academic Skills Center, North Carolina Central

Professional and Academic Association Memberships

National Council of Teachers of English

Current Professional Assignments and Activities


Member, MUGC Graduate Program Committee

Marshall University Magazine Editorial Board


Professional Publications

Simone, Frances (1999). “Encountering Natalie: Five Days with a Writing Guru. The Voice.” Vol 4, No. 1, National Writing Project, (NWP), pp.8; 12.

Simone, Frances (1996). “The Not-So-Big Jump from Teaching to Politicking.” The Voice, NWP, Vol 1, No. 8, p.4-5.

Simone, Frances and Paul Epstein (1996). “Taking Murray Personally.” The Voice, NWP, Vol 1, No. 8, p 5.

Simone, Frances (l995). “Wrestling with an Alien Craft.” The Quarterly, NWP, l7, 2, pp. l-2,29.

Simone, F. (1996). “ Think Like a Mountain. Traditions, Vol 4, p. 20.

Simone, F. "There's No Substitute: We Learn to Teach Writing by Writing," West Virginia English Journal, spring, 1994.


“Using Pictograms to Scaffold Narrative Writing,” a workshop with Dr. Barbara O’Byrne
and Mindy Allenger at the 52nd International Reading Association annual conference,
Toronto, Ontario, May, 2007.

“Crafting a Memoir” a workshop at the West Virginia Book Festival, October, 2005.

“Writing from the Marrow” a workshop on writing and healing. WV Reading Association,
annual conference, December 15, 2001.

“The Writing Continuum: A Tool for School Reform”. WV Reading Association annual conference, December 15, 2000.

“The Write Stuff.” Putnam County Teachers’ Academy. October, 2000.

“A Tool Box for Expository Writing.” WV Teachers of English as a Second Language conference, spring, 1999.

“Teacher Research: Developing a Sharper Image of Practice Through Three Lenses.” Global Conversations on Language & Literacy Conference, University of Heidelberg, Germany, August, 1996.

"Writing to Learn: Connecting Teachers, Students, and Content." West Virginia English Language Arts Council annual conference, April, l996.

“Literature Circles: Making Them Happen.” National Council of Teachers spring conference, March, l996.

“A View of Language Arts Through Careers, Colleges, and Cartoons.” At the National Council of Teachers of English Convention, November, l994.

“In the Mind's Eye: Connecting Visual and Verbal Communication.” At the West Virginia Reading Council Convention, December, l994.

Roundtable Discussion Leader on Assessment at West Virginia English Language Arts Conference, April, 1994.

"In the Mind's Eye: Connecting Visual and Verbal Thinking", Southeast Regional Conference of the International Reading Association, December, 1992.

"Reliving History Through Story", National Council of Teachers of English, Spring Conference, March, 1992.

"Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum", The West Virginia Association of Teacher Educators, January, 1992.

"Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum", Interdisciplinary Curriculum Conference, West Virginia Department of Education, December, 1991.

"Computers and Writing" with Dr. Nancy Wilson. U.S. Department of Education/Office of Educational Research & Improvement & IBM, October, 1991.

"Restructuring for the 1990's: Writing & Collaborating Across the Disciplines", National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Conference, November, 1991.


Creative Works

Op-ed article, “Migrant Life Hard on Families,” Charleston Gazette, October 11, 2010.

Feature article on El Salvador, “Waging Peace,” Sunday Gazette-Mail, April 25, 2010.

“Writing in the Cracks,” Constellations, An Anthology of the Marshall University
Graduate College Humanities Program, Celebrating Thirty Years (1979-2009), pp.

“The Long and Short of It,” Constellations, p. 49-51.

“Exterminate Your Modifiers,” Start Writing Now, Your Introduction to the Writing Life,
January, 2005, pp. 45-46. (A Writer’s Digest Publication)

“Chestnuts,” first chapter of memoir titled A Thousand Joys and Sorrows in Seeking the
Swan, a selection of winning entries from the annual writing competition of West Virginia
Writers, Inc. 1996-2006, pp. 35-44.

Travel article on England, Charleston Gazette Sunday newspaper, April 19, 2001.

Simone, F. "I Needed a Break," Changes, April, 1994.

Simone, Frances (l994). Hanging with Madwomen. In Dobler, Patricia (ed.), Voices from the Attic. Pittsburgh: Women's Creative Writing Center at Carlow College.

Simone, Frances (l994). Here and Now. In Dobler, Patricia (ed.), Voices from the Attic. Pittsburgh: Women's Creative Writing Center at Carlow College.



Grants from WV Department of Education statewide West Virginia Writing Project network. Initial grant 1986-87; refunded annually to 2007.

Grants from National Writing Project from 1992-93 to 2007.

WV Humanities Council. Mini grant, 1994.


Other Professional Activities and Honors

Marshall University Distinguished Faculty Award, spring 2006.

JUG (Just Uncommonly Good) Award, West Virginia Writers, Inc. 2003.

Reviewer for English Education, journal of the Conference on English Education, National Council of Teachers of English, 1995-96.

Grant reviewer for National Writing Project federal grant awards at University of California at Berkeley, February, 1994.

Visiting Scholar, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, spring semester, 1993.

Esteemed Colleague Award, West Virginia English Language Arts Council, April, 1989.

National Council of Teachers of English, Task Force for Dissemination of Teacher Preparation Guidelines, 1986-87.

National Council of Teachers of English, Judge for Achievement Awards in Writing, 1984 -2000.

West Virginia English/Language Arts Council, Executive Committee Member

West Virginia Young Writers Program, Chair, Steering Committee Member, 1985 to 2007.


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