- Ph.D., Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (2009-2012)
- Professor, Nord University (2017-)
- Deputy Full Professor, University of Münster (2015-2017)
- Substitute Professor, Vechta University (2013-2014)
- Full-time Senior Lecturer, Paderborn University (2012-2013)
- Full-time Lecturer, Hildesheim University (2007-2012)
- Stipendiary Lectureship, University of Duisburg-Essen (2000-2007)
Areas of Interest
Teacher Education; Children’s Literature; Young Adult Fiction; Interculturality; Creative Writing; Deep Reading; Global Issues; Critical Literacy; Visual Literacy; Drama Methodology
Janice Bland (Dr phil., University of Jena, 2012) is Professor at Nord University, Norway, where she prepares student teachers for the teaching of English language and literature at primary and secondary school. Her research interests are concerned with promoting creativity and criticality in English language education. In teacher education she specializes in children’s literature from picturebooks to young adult fiction, creative writing, visual literacy, information literacy and global issues, intercultural learning as well as scripted and unscripted drama.
Professor Bland is editor-in-chief of the diamond open access journal Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE) and author of Children’s Literature and Learner Empowerment – Children and Teenagers in English Language Education (2013) with Bloomsbury Academic. Her edited volumes include Teaching English to Young Learners – Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3–12 Year Olds (2015) and Using Literature in English Language Education: Challenging Reading for 8–18 Year Olds (2018).
Professor Bland leads the project English Language and Literature – In-depth Learning (ELLiL), which pioneers a new model for teaching practice, promoting the agency and creativity of student teachers in English teaching and learning through literature.
Conferences that she has organized include Challenging Reading: English-Language Education with Children and Teenagers March 11-12, 2016, University of Münster, with 120 delegates, and Children’s Literature in Language Education February 25-27, 2010, University of Hildesheim, with 350 delegates.
Professor Bland has been plenary speaker in Turkey, Germany, Greece, UAE, UK, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Japan.