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  • Professor Marilyn Ward
    Professor Marilyn Ward
    Carthage College

Marilyn Ward

Director of the Center for Children’s Literature; Professor of Education

Lentz Hall 321

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Courses

Marilyn Ward grew up in a big white and red house on the Lake Michigan shoreline, reading Cinderella, Dr. Seuss, Heidi, Eloise, Alice in Wonderland, and books about ballet. Today, she teaches about those books and many more, two miles south of that house on Lake Michigan, at Carthage College.

Dr. Ward joined the Carthage Education Faculty in 1990, where she teaches courses in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Creative Arts, Social Studies Methods, and Poetry Theatre. She Is Director of the Center for Children’s Literature in the Hedberg Library at Carthage. 

Dr. Ward earned B.A.s in theatre, social studies and education from the University of Wisconsin — Parkside, an M.A. in children’s theatre from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Children’s Literature and Gifted and Talented Education) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She has published books and articles on international and multicultural children’s and young adult literature, children’s and young adult fiction on disabilities and differences, and social studies trade books.

When she is not traveling all over the world visiting schools, libraries, theatres, museums, bookstores, and conferences, she is at home one mile east of Lake Michigan, surrounded by wagon-loads of books.

  • Ph.D. — Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A. — Children’s Theatre, Northwestern University
  • B.A. — Theatre, Social Studies and Education, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • EDU 2150 Creative Arts: Music and Art in the Elementary/Middle School
  • EDU 3160 Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle School
  • EDU 4130 Children’s and Early Adolescents’ Literature
  • Professor Marilyn Ward
    Professor Marilyn Ward
    Carthage College

Marilyn Ward

Marilyn Ward grew up in a big white and red house on the Lake Michigan shoreline, reading Cinderella, Dr. Seuss, Heidi, Eloise, Alice in Wonderland, and books about ballet. Today, she teaches about those books and many more, two miles south of that house on Lake Michigan, at Carthage College.

Dr. Ward joined the Carthage Education Faculty in 1990, where she teaches courses in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Creative Arts, Social Studies Methods, and Poetry Theatre. She Is Director of the Center for Children’s Literature in the Hedberg Library at Carthage. 

Dr. Ward earned B.A.s in theatre, social studies and education from the University of Wisconsin — Parkside, an M.A. in children’s theatre from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Children’s Literature and Gifted and Talented Education) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She has published books and articles on international and multicultural children’s and young adult literature, children’s and young adult fiction on disabilities and differences, and social studies trade books.

When she is not traveling all over the world visiting schools, libraries, theatres, museums, bookstores, and conferences, she is at home one mile east of Lake Michigan, surrounded by wagon-loads of books.

Brief Bio

Professor Marilyn Ward teaches courses in creative arts and social studies in the elementary/middle school and children’s and early adolescents’ literature, and is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature.

Title

Director of the Center for Children’s Literature; Professor of Education

Email Address

mward@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-5875

Office Location

Lentz Hall 321

Education

  • Ph.D. — Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A. — Children’s Theatre, Northwestern University
  • B.A. — Theatre, Social Studies and Education, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Courses

  • EDU 2150 Creative Arts: Music and Art in the Elementary/Middle School
  • EDU 3160 Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle School
  • EDU 4130 Children’s and Early Adolescents’ Literature

What students say

“Marilyn Ward is the most interesting, genuinely kind, and respectful teacher I have ever met. … I know that we will stay in touch long after college.” — Brian Beske, ’12

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