"Good Job, Jack"

A Tribute to Dr. Bushman


  • Kevin Kienholz Emporia State University
  • Jill Adams Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Susan Alexander Washburn University
  • Chris Crutcher
  • Sharon Draper
  • Steven Frank
  • John Franklin Pittsburg State University
  • F. Todd Goodson
  • April Hawkins
  • Lisa Hazlett University of South Dakota
  • Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Steve Loe
  • Suzanne Myers University of Kansas
  • Rodman Philbrick
  • Lois Ruby
  • Robert Sailler The Writing Conference, Inc.
  • Barbara Stuber


Prof. John (Jack) H. Bushman was a genuine difference maker in the lives of young readers and writers across the state of Kansas and well beyond the borders of the Sunflower State for the past sixty years. The same could be said for so many of the students who ended up in his college classrooms and for the colleagues who were fortunate enough to work with him over the years. Jack had a positive influence on numerous people’s lives in the areas of reading and writing, and he left an important legacy in the state and beyond because of his important work in literacy and especially young adult literature. The following tributes will highlight some of the many ways in which Prof. Bushman’s legacy continues to impact the work and the lives of his former students, colleagues, and peers—and these stories will serve to honor the work that he did both in and outside of the classroom.






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