faculty

Susan Dearing

Associate Professor of English

Departments

English

Programs

English

Contact

Meneely 309

(508) 286-3600

About

Main Interests

Composition theory and pedagogy; cross-cultural communication; peer writing tutor training

Other Interests

Buddhist meditation practice

Degrees

M.A., Lesley College
B.A., Brown University

Research Interests

I am currently working on a book exploring ways Buddhist wisdom can be applied to the teaching of writing.

Teaching Interests

I am most interested in helping students find effective strategies for improving their writing. Because there is no single writing process that works for everyone, a lot of my teaching involves conferring with developing writers about what does and does not work for them and then suggesting new practicies they might adopt. As teacher of a course that prepares undergraduates to serve as peer tutors, I focus on the importance of understanding why writers do what they do when they write.