Fran Simone

Dr. Fran Simone


Elementary Secondary Education       


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


Professor (1988 – Present)

Elementary and Secondary Education  and Director of  CWVWP

Marshall University Graduate College

South Charleston, WV


Assistant Professor (1988 – 1982)

Department of English

West Virginia Institute of Technology

Montgomery, WV


Director (1981 – 1982)

Basic Skills Center

Campbell University

Buies Creek,  NC


Adjunct - Department of English (1980 – 1981)

Campbell University

Buies Creek, N.C.  


Professional Development (1979-1980)

Fayette County School System


Assistant Professor (1975 – 1979)

West Virginia College of Graduate Studies


Adjunct  - Dept. of Education (1974 – 1975)

University of Florida - Tampa  and St. Petersburg campus.


Instructor - Academic Skills Center (1973 – 1974)

North Carolina Central University




Simone, F. “Cottage Tourist Industry: Must-sees in the Cotswolds and Yorkshire,” Sunday Gazette-Mail, April 19, 2001.

Simone, F.  “Encountering Natalie: Five Days with a Writing Guru.”  Voices of the National Writing Project (NWP), Spring, 1999.


Simone, F.  “The Not-So-Big Jump from Teaching to Politicking.”  Voices of the NWP, Fall, 1996.


Simone, F. & Paul Epstein.  “Taking Murray Personally.”  Voices of the NWP, Fall, 1996.


Simone, F.  "Wrestling with an Alien Craft."  The Quarterly of the NWP, 17, 2, pp. 1‑2, 29.


Simone, F.  “Think Like a Mountain.”  Traditions.  Volume Four, 1996.


Simone, F. Think Fresh and Climb Inside. Writer's Haven News, summer, 1995.


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


Simone, F. and Manarino, P. "The Writing/Reading Connection: A Closer Look, "The Oklahoma Reader, winter, 1984.


Conference Presentations


“Writing from the Marrow: a workshop on writing and healing.” National Council of Teachers of English, spring conference, Portland, Oregon, March, 2002.


“Writing from the Marrow: a workshop on writing and healing,” WV Reading Association annual conference, December 15, 200l.


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


“Teachers’ Perspectives on Project Outreach.” Rural Sites Network Retreat of the National Writing Project, spring, 1999.


“Early Brain Development & Literacy.”  Staff development for Kanawha County Public Library, 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, 1996.


"Literature Circles: Making Them Happen." At the National Council of Teachers of English, Spring Conference, March, 1996.





Comprehensive School Reform grant from WV Department of Education in collaboration with Nicholas County  School System, West Virginia. 1999-2000..


Project Outreach grant from National Writing Project, DeWitt Wallace ‑ Reader's Digest Fund, 1996‑1999.


Grants from WV Department of Education for statewide West Virginia Writing Project network. Initial grant 1986‑87; refunded each year to present.


Grants from National Writing Project from 1992‑93; refunded each year to present. In 2002-03 grant to restructured Central West Virginia Writing Project.


WV Humanities Council. Mini grant, 1994.


Service Related Activities


Board Member, WV Humanities Council, appointed, spring 2002


Writing Across the Curriculum, Marshall University cohort

Graduate Program Committee, 1998-2002

Reviewer for English Education and Journal of Assembly for Expanded Perspectives in Learning, National Council of Teachers of English refereed journals.

Professional Activities and Awards


Consultant, Buffalo Elementary School, professional development activities, 2001-2002


WV Facilitator for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Reviewer for English Education, journal of the Conference on English Education, National Council of Teachers of English, 1995 to present.


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, 1984-95.


West Virginia English/Language Arts Council, Executive Committee Member, 1984 to present.


West Virginia Young Writers Contest and Awards, Steering Committee Chair, 1985 to present.



Professional Organizations


National Writing Project


National Council of Teachers of English


West Virginia English/Language Arts Council


West Virginia Reading Council


Dana Foundation


Institute for Noetic Sciences


last updated 9/2/04

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