Jayne Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing on Widener’s main campus in Chester, PA. A highly regarded teacher, Jayne received the Clarence R. Moll Professor of the Year Award in 2009. Jayne earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in literature from West Chester University and then earned her master’s in English from WCU and her MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In addition to teaching at Widener, Jayne teaches as a volunteer at S.C.I. Graterford. Jayne and the men in her S.C.I. Graterford class published an anthology of the men’s writings entitled Letters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Workbook. This work was also facilitated by the efforts of Presidential Service Corps member Emily DeFreitas. Letters to My Younger Self has been featured on National Public Radio’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. This interview is archived on the Radio Times website, where listeners can hear the Graterford men read from their own work.
Jayne is also the director of the Chester Community Writing Center and has a sustained interest in the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile sentencing practices, and mass incarceration. In 2015, Jayne received an Honorable Mention in CUPRAP’s (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals) CUPPIE Awards in the Feature Article and Headline categories.