University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

New CAS Faculty

Professor Susan Harrington

Susan Harrington

Professor of English and Director of Writing in the Disciplines

Susan Marie Harrington, Professor of English and Director of Writing in the Disciplines, holds degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B., 1984) and the University of Michigan (M.A., 1986, Certificate in Women's Studies and Ph.D., 1990). She comes to UVM from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she was Director of Writing and then Chair of the English Department.

Dr. Harrington's research investigates literacy standards in educational policy and public discourse. As an academic program director chair, and faculty governance leader, she led the revision of academic program by applying research-based principles to promote teaching and learning. Her research has investigated three key areas: assessment methods and strategies that serve students fairly (she edited The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus after the WPA Outcomes Statement); the mix of political, pedagogical, and technological work that can best prepare teachers and writers to face future challenges (with Linda Adler-Kassner, she wrote Basic Writing as a Political Act); and the structure of writing program administration (subject of numerous articles).

Dr. Harrington will direct the Writing in the Disciplines program at UVM. This program will collaborate with faculty across campus to explore ways writing supports students' learning as well as offers evidence of students' achievement.

When she's not writing and reading, Dr. Harrington might be baking bread or gardening with her family.

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