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Alex Romagnoli

Alex Romagnoli, Ph.D.

  • Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education
  • Associate Professor

Department: School of Education, Special Education

Office: Robert E. McAllan Hall 217

Phone: 732-263-5541


Alex Romagnoli, Ph.D., is the interim associate dean of the School of Education and associate professor of English Education. Romagnoli has also served as the chair of Special Education. In addition to previously teaching composition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Alex also taught high school English at East Stroudsburg High School South. He is the co-author of Enter the Superheroes: American Values, Culture, and the Canon of Superhero Literature and has also published various chapters and articles in both books and academic journals. His research interests include multimodality, multiliteracies, graphic novels in academic contexts, and popular culture.


Ph.D. Composition and TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

MEd, East Stroudsburg University

BS Professional/Secondary Education (English), East Stroudsburg University

Research Interests

English education, multiliteracies, multimodality, visual literacy, alternative texts, popular culture, and graphic novel usage in academic context

Scholarly Articles

  • Romagnoli, A., Bazler, J., & Van Sickle, M. (2018). Science education and the graphic novel connection: Pre-service teachers and the creation of graphic novelettes. Science educator, 26(2), 73-80.
  • Romagnoli, A. (2018). Sharing identity: Indexing cultural perspectives through writing responses to graphic novels. SANE Journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education 2(3).
  • Pagnucci, G., Romagnoli, A. (2015).  Rebooting the academy: Why universities need to finally start taking comic books seriously. Works and days, 32, 9-21.


  • Eckard, S., & Romagnoli, A. (Eds.) (2023). The Human in Superhuman: The Power of the Sidekick in Popular Culture. Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Romagnoli, A. & Pagnucci, G. (2013). Enter the superheroes: American values, culture, and the canon of superhero literature. Lanham, Scarecrow Press.

Book Chapters

  • Romagnoli, Alex. (2020). “Graphic Novels and STEAM: Strategies and Texts for Utilization in STEAM Education – Graphic Novels and STEAM.” In Bazler, J. & Van Sickle, M., Cases on Models and Methods for STEAM Education (2nd Edition) (p. 22-39). Hershey: IGI Global.
  • Bazler, J., Graybill, L., & Romagnoli, A. (2019). Getting the dialogue started: A conversation with educators on GATE teachers. In Bazler, J., & Van Sickle, M. (Eds), Identifying, describing, and developing teachers who are gifted and talented (p. 12-21). Hershey: IGI Global.
  • Romagnoli, A. (2017). The man with identities: Utilizing Daredevil as an artifact for literary analysis. In Eckard, S., Comic connections: Analyzing hero and identity (p. 23-36). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Romagnoli, A. (2015). Up, up, and away: Superman in the composition classroom. In Eckard S. (Ed), Yin and yang in the English classroom: Teaching with popular texts (p. 123-135). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Presentations/Invited Talks

  • Academic Chairpersons Conference 2023
    • Pagnucci, G., & Romagnoli, A. (2023). From Surviving to Thriving: Top Tips to Help Newer Chairs. Presented at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, LA.
  • American Educational Research Association 2021
    • Zambak, V., Romagnoli, A., Bazler, J., & Van Sickle, M. (2021). Effectiveness of a Collaborative STEAM Module on Secondary Pre-Service Teachers’ Lesson Planning Skills and Views. Presented virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • National Popular Culture Association Conference 2021
    • Pagnucci, G., Eckard, S., & Romagnoli, A. (2021). Comics, Coronavirus, & Composition…and Popcorn!” Presented virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • National Popular Culture Conference 2019
    • Romagnoli, A. (2019). The final level: Strategies for writing a doctoral dissertation on popular culture topics. Presented at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 2018 National Conference
    • Romagnoli, A., Henning, J., et. al. (2018). Connecting Methods Practice: The Design and Implementation of a Methods Course Linked to a Year-Long Clinical Practice. To be presented at the Hilton Baltimore in March of 2018.
  • Popular Culture Association (PCA) 2018 National Conference
    • Eckard, S., Romagnoli, A., & Pagnucci, G. (2018). Comics and the Academy: Writing About Comics for Publication. To be presented at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, IN in March of 2018.
  • National Popular Culture Conference 2017
    • Romagnoli, A., Bazler, J., & Van Sickle, M. (2017). Graphic Novels and the Science Ed Classroom: Utilizing a Popular Medium to Teach Scientific Concepts. Presented at the San Diego Marriot Marquis in San Diego, CA.
  • National Science Teachers Association 2017
    • Romagnoli, A. (2016). Science Education, Multimodality, and Literacy: The Creation of Science Graphic Novelettes and the Literacy connection. Presented at the JW Marriot in Los Angeles, CA.
  • New Jersey Science Convention 2016
    • Romagnoli, A., & Bazler, J. (2016). Graphic Novelettes and the Science Classroom. Presented at the Princeton Marriot in Princeton, NJ.
  • Kappa Delta Pi Convocation 2015
    • Romagnoli, A., & et. al. (2015). Embracing Our Stories: Story Sharing as Professional Development. Workshop is co-presented with undergraduate students who are members of the Executive Board of the KDP Honor Society. To be presented at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL.
  • International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE) 2015 Summer Conference
    • Romagnoli, A. (2015). What’s in a Trashcan?: Indexing Cultural Perspectives through Writing Responses to Graphic Novels. Presented at Fordham University in Bronx, NY July 9, 2015.
  • English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) Spring Conference 2014 (Co-Keynote)
    • Romagnoli, A., & Pagnucci, G. (2014). Enter the Superheroes. Invited to be keynote speaker by Dr. John Branscum. Presented at the Kovalchick Center in Indiana, PA.


  • Member of the East Stroudsburg School District Meritorious Hall of Fame
  • 2014 IUP Composition and TESOL Exemplary Interdisciplinary Research in Literacy Award”
  • 2013 IUP Composition and TESOL “Exemplary Teaching of Literacy and Language Award”


Recently Taught Classes

2023 Summer E

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data – EDD 804

2022 Summer E

  • Content Literacy & Assessment – ED 529
  • Content Literacy and Assessment – ED 319

2021 Fall

  • Methods of Teaching English at the Secondary Level – ED 578
  • Methods of Teaching English at the Secondary Level – ED 367
  • Methods of Teaching English at the Secondary Level Part II – ED 585
  • Teaching Language Arts at the Secondary Level Part II – ED 368

2021 Summer E

  • Content Literacy & Assessment – ED 529
  • Content Literacy and Assessment – ED 319

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Content Literacy & Assessment (ED 529)
  • Content Literacy and Assessment (ED 319)
  • Design-Based Research (EDD 803)
  • Methods of Teaching English at the Secondary Level (ED 367, ED 578)
  • Methods of Teaching English at the Secondary Level Part II (ED 585)
  • Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Teaching (ED 510)
  • Teaching Language Arts at the Secondary Level Part II (ED 368)