Dr. Chris Nonhof Assistant Professor of Education and English


Ph.D., Cardinal Stritch University
M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch University
B.A., Dordt College

VPH 200B

Chris Nonhof has 16 years of experience teaching English and theatre at private and public high schools in Florida and Wisconsin. He also taught argumentative writing at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature, theatre arts, and secondary education from Dordt College, a master's degree in instructional technology from Cardinal Stritch University and a doctorate in language and literacy from the College of Education at Cardinal Stritch University. His areas of interest are discourse/language and identity, qualitative research (narrative, ethnography, and case study in particular), diversity in education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. Nonhof currently holds Northwestern's James and Margaret Blekkink Endowed Education Professorship, which provides funds for his research.

EDU221 - Growth and Development of the Middle School Aged Student

The middle school growth and development primarily embraces the knowledge of the learner component of the professional knowledge base with concentration, identification and comprehension of the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive characteristics of the middle school aged student. This course includes a 5 hour field experience. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

EDU340 - Human Relations

This course addresses major issues and concepts associated with living in aculturally diverse society and/or teaching in culturally diverse settings.Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, socialclass, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors. Note: This course includes a required field experience. Prerequisites: None (3 credits) (NWCore option under Cross-CulturalEngagement)

EDU610 - Educational Research Methods and Design

(3 credits) This course will provide an overview of research methodologyemployed for studies in the field of education. Topics include basicresearch methodology, interpretation of findings, and application ofresearch in educational settings. Students will develop their ability tocritically evaluate educational research and to judiciously applyfindings in their professional settings. By the conclusion of the coursestudents will be able to identify a potential topic for future researchand outline the basic methodology needed to conduct the study. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.

ENG277 - Young Adult Literature

(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course examines the field of young adult literature in its various genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will develop criteria for book selection and learn ways to respond ethically to young adult literature. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. ENG292 is also recommended.

ENG283 - Grammar in the Classroom

Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: NWC101/105 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)

ENG308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English and Speech

(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Students will study and practice methods for teaching English and speech in middle school and high school. Pre-service teachers will examine national standards for English/Language Arts and develop their pedagogy for teaching writing, literature, speaking, and listening. This course requires a 30-hour practicum. Note: Does not count toward an English major or minor. Prerequisites: EDU102 and ENG250LC. EDU 307 is strongly recommended. Cross-Referenced: Cross-referenced in theatre/speech.

NWC101 - First-Year Seminar

(4 credits) This course introduces students to the character and abilitiesconsideredessential to becoming a member of a Christian liberal arts community.Students develop their reading, writing and speaking skills by exploringdifficult questions, learning to understand academic inquiry, forminglearning communities, and integrating faith with learning and living.

Nonhof, C. and Burns, C. (2019, October 10). Discourse and AAVE: Code-Switching in the Academic Setting. Iowa Council of Teachers of English annual convention, Johnston, IA.

Nonhof, C. (2019). Dichotomy of Discourse: An Ethnography Framing the Relationships between Teacher and Student at an Orphanage School in Monrovia, Liberia (Doctoral dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University).

Nonhof, C. and Boyle, F. (2018, May 24). Bifurcating discourse: A framework for leveraging perspective and worldview for non-native teachers. International Community of Christian Teacher Educators biennial convention, Abilene, TX.

Adjunct instructor, Lakeland College, 2014-15

English teacher, Cedar Grove/Belgium Area School District, 2002-15

Theater director and tennis coach, Sheboygan County Christian High School, 2007-08

English teacher, Lake Worth Christian School, 1999-2002

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

National Council of Teachers of English

Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Modern Language Association

Blekkink Endowed Chair of Education (2019-2021)

State of Iowa Master Educator: 120 Secondary English/Language Arts

Intel "Teach to the Future" Master Teacher