Associate Professor of English

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Professor Belanger joined VU as a visiting professor in 2014, coming from Virginia Tech, where she was Associate Professor of English, founding director of the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society, and co-director of the Blue Ridge Writing Project. After earning a PhD in English at The Ohio State University in 1992, she taught and directed writing programs at Youngstown State University and the University of Wyoming, where she directed writing programs and worked with colleagues to develop the Synergy Program, an award-winning learning community for academically at-risk students. She has published broadly with English Studies in journals such as College Composition and Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Radical Teacher, the Journal of Basic Writing, and the Pinter Review. She is coauthor with Linda Strom of Second Shift: Teaching Writing to Working Adults (Heinemann, 1999). Her second book,Invisible Seasons: Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports, is forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.

Courses Taught

Valparaiso University

  • Core: The Human Experience
  • Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Professional and Technical Writing Pedagogy
  • Grant Writing (spring 2016)
  • Writing in the Health Sciences (spring 2016)

Other Teaching

  • Senior Seminar: Issues in Public and Professional Discourse
  • Field Research Methods
  • Topics in Literature: Reading Women in Sport
  • Grant and Report Writing
  • Technical Editing and Style
  • Rhetoric in Society: Activism in Appalachia
  • Collaborative Research Practicum
  • Wyoming Writing Project Open Institute
  • Composition Pedagogies
  • Practicum in Teaching of Writing;
  • Editing for Publications
  • First-Year Seminar: Critical Reflection in Intellectual Communities
  • College Composition and Rhetoric
  • Business Communication
  • Culture and Politics of Literacy (Honors Seminar)
  • Writing for Public Forums
  • Technical Writing for the Professions (online and face-to-face)
  • Studies in Rhetoric
  • Writing in the Digital Age
  • Research Methods in Composition
  • Honors Composition
  • Advanced Composition: Studies in Style
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Basic Writing
  • Labor Studies and Composition
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