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Susan Callaway

Associate Professor of English / Director of the Center for Writing
Degree
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., Brown University
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
At St. Thomas since 1996
Office
JRC 359
Hours
(Fall 2017) TBA; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5602
CV

I am a professor in the English Department, and I also direct the Center for Writing. I teach first year students, a course for majors in English with a Writing Emphasis and majors in Teacher Education (and anyone else interested in improving their academic and professional writing!), and a course on writing theory and practice required for student I hire to work in the writing center.

The focus of my research is writing theory and practice. I have lately been interested in how writing centers and teachers can support intercultural awareness in all students. Through service learning in the community, my students are challenged to re-think their writing and reading practices at the university compared to the challenges those in the community have with their own literacy.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W10 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 209
CRN: 40969 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan J. Callaway Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 300 - W01 Thry/Prac. Writng (Peer Cons.) M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 481
CRN: 40090 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan J. Callaway This course introduces students to current writing, rhetorical, and pedagogical theory, and helps them develop a vocabulary for talking about writing and strengthen their abilities to write and to assist others in developing their academic literacy. Students will practice writing in a variety of forms such as academic writing, professional writing, experimental writing, and writing with particular attention to social justice. Required for secondary licensure in communication arts and literature students. This course fulfills the Theory and Practice requirement in the English major and satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. NOTE: This section is restricted to students who have been hired as peer writing consultants in the Center for Writing. A standard section of this course will be offered in Spring 2018.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 300 - W01 Theory& Practice of Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 107
CRN: 20075 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan J. Callaway In what ways are we telling stories in our writing—stories of our research, stories that show how we interpret what we see and experience, stories that move people to think and act differently? Through this course, you’ll strengthen your academic writing and lay the foundations for writing in your field by seeing writing in terms of storytelling. We’ll explode what is traditionally required of you as a writer in school and replace those expectations with voiced, passionate, cutting-edge energy. You’ll consider what is expected of you as a writer and speaker in your chosen field, and revisit honestly how you work and define good writing. Then you’ll tell stories, infusing your writing with the passion you need to make a difference. The assignments and readings in this course will help you see how critical writing is, to be more aware of audience and the specific discourse conventions of your field, and to develop your own voice. This course is open to anyone who sees writing as critical to their futures. This course satisfies the Theory and Practice distribution requirement for English majors and counts as a course for English with a Professional Writing Emphasis and English with a Creative Writing Emphasis students. It also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. NOTE: This course does not count towards the Literature and Writing core requirement.

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