Lucia Pawlowski portrait

Lucia Pawlowski

Assistant Professor of English / Affiliated Faculty of American Culture & Difference
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A., St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA)
At St. Thomas since 2012
Office
JRC 317
Hours
(Fall 2014) Visit http://luciapawlowski.youcanbook.me/ to see office hours and schedule a meeting with Dr. Pawlowski.
Phone
(651) 962-5619

I am "Dr. P," as I like to be called.  I specialize in "literary theory" and "writing studies." What "literary theory" means for me is how 20th and 21st century ideas about language, personhood, and texts have revolutionized the way we think about society, political systems and political revolution. What "writing studies" means for me is the study of how written work has changed and can change our world, especially what I call "community writing." As an example of community writing, in my ENGL 304 class, my upper division students partner with social justice organizations like the Domestic Abuse Partnership, the Council on Crime and Justice, the Legal Rights Center, the Aliveness Project, the Alexandra House, and Aeon to write blog pieces, staff profiles, fundraising materials, newsletter editorials, persuasive social media appeals, and first-person volunteer narratives on behalf of these organizations. 

My job as a "Writing Studies" professor means I also research best practices in how to teach what you learn in your 1st-year writing course at the University of St. Thomas! You know what employers report they most want from college graduates? Critical thinking skills. And yet this is the skill that employers say that too many college graduates lack. In your writing courses, you get the best chance to work on your critical thinking skills. Yes, English is one of the most practical majors on the job market today.  This is why I love Writing Studies so much.  I am very passionate about making social change happen, learning about how the history of thought has led to social change, and finding ways to have writing be a part of that change now.

 

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 204 - 01 Race/Gender/Sexuality & Lang. M - W - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 208
CRN: 42361 4 Credit Hours We live in a nation of languages--and this diversity of languages represents not a mere array of diversity, but power dynamics, histories of struggle, and warring values amongst different groups in America. We will read about the language variation of African-Americans, gays, and females in colloquial and literary speech, and examine power negotiations involved in these variations. We will likely read Joe Goodwin's MORE MAN THAN YOU'LL EVER BE: GAY FOLKLORE AND ACCULTURATION IN MIDDLE AMERICA, Gloria Anzaldua's BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA: THE NEW MESTIZA, Deborah Tannen's YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND: WOMEN AND MEN IN CONVERSATION, Alice Walker's "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON, poetry by Tillie Olson, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Sarah Jessica Moore, and a local zine by Mike Pudd'nhead titled WAGES SO LOW YOU'LL FREAK. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.
ENGL 204 - 02 Race/Gender/Sexuality & Lang. M - W - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 210
CRN: 42388 4 Credit Hours We live in a nation of languages--and this diversity of languages represents not a mere array of diversity, but power dynamics, histories of struggle, and warring values amongst different groups in Ameria. We will read about the language variation of African-American, gays, and females in colloquial and literary speech, and examine the power negotiations involved in these variations. Likely books to be read include Joe Goodwin's MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER BE: GAY FOLKLORE AND ACCULTURATION IN MIDDLE AMERICA, Gloria Anzaldua's BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA: THE NEW MESTIZA, Deborah Tannen's YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND: WOMEN AND MEN IN CONVERSATION, Alice Walker's "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON, poetry by Tillie Olson, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Sarah Jessica Moore, and a local zine by Mike Pudd'nhead titled WAGES SO LOW YOU'LL FREAK. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.
ENGL 380 - 01 Issues in English Studies M - W - F 1055 - 1200 OEC 208
CRN: 40407 4 Credit Hours This course focuses on ideas and practices central to advanced work in the field of language and literature. In addition to refining students' facility with critical concepts and scholarly methodology, this course will explore a number of key questions for current work in the discipline: How do we define such concepts as literacy, literature, and interpretation? How do we understand the relationship between reader, writer, and text? How do such factors as gender, culture, and history affect our understanding of literature and of ourselves as writers and readers? Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204; at least two courses in ENGL at or beyond ENGL 211

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location