Senior Lecturer

Jenny Grosvenor is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department who specializes in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She earned her BA in English Literature from Smith College, her MA in English Education from Columbia University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Grosvenor's niche derives from her penchant for course design, evidenced in her launch of new writing offerings in both the English Department and the Honors College at The University of Vermont: Writing Toward Happiness, Crafting Point of Virew, Writing Science & Sustainability, and, as faculty for the new Minor in Reporting and Documentary Storytelling, Writing Photojournalism.

Prior to teaching, Grosvenor was a copyeditor at Time-Life Books and a reporter, advertising copywriter, and writer-producer for LIFE and Sports Illustrated magazines. In addition to full-time teaching, advising undergraduates, and mentoring graduate students, Grosvenor continues to write. In her anthology of student fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Crafting Point of View: Experimentation, Imitation, & Exploration in the Creative Writing Process, Grosvenor shares her obsession with this particular rhetorical device utilized in shifts between second-and first-person in her memoir-in-progress, Tell.

Grosvenor recently earned a Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and completed an Artist's Residency at Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland.

For more about Grosvenor's writing, passions, and platform, please visit her website: 


Grosvenor Butterflying book coverButterflying: A Collection of Creative Writing
Independent Publishing, November 2020
cover of Crafting Point of View by Jenny GrosvenorCrafting Point of View: Experimentation, Imitation & Exploration in the Creative Writing Process
Jenny Grosvenor
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
(July 31, 2018)
“Due Process”Writing On the Edge (WOE), On Writing and Teaching Writing (University of California, Davis: The University Writing Program, Volume 27, Number 1, Fall 2016): 69-94.
“The Rhetoric of Suicide Notes”Writing On the Edge (WOE), On Writing and Teaching
(University of California, Davis: The University Writing Program, Volume 23, Number 2, Spring 2013): 48-59.
“Researching Rhetorically”The Bennington Review (Bennington, VT: The Bennington
Writing Seminars, 2012): 53-58.
New Eyes, The Creative Writing Magazine of Stowe Elementary SchoolEditor (Stowe, VT,
The Apostle NewsletterEditor, (Stowe, VT: St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church,
The Gator GazetteEditor (Palm City, FL: Bessey Creek Elementary School, 1999)
“Get the Feeling”Writer/Producer, Advertising Campaign, Video Production, Marketing &
Media Guide, Sports Illustrated Magazine (New York, NY: Time Incorporated, 1987)
“LIFE: The Legend Continues”Writer/Producer, Audio-Visual Production (New York, NY/Dublin, Ireland: Time Inc./LIFE Magazine, 1984)


Awards and Recognition

Inspired, Taught, Nurtured Award-Winning Student Writing, The Marion Berry Allbee English Honors for “Outstanding Paper by an Undergraduate Student in English 50 or 51,” Randi Garon, student in Writing Happiness class for her essay, “10 Days,” 2017.

Inspired, Taught, Nurtured Award-Winning Student Writing, six years consecutively, The Marion Berry Allbee English Honors Award for Outstanding Writing in English 001, their essays published in the University of Vermont’s English 1 Common Readers, Essays & Explorations and The Norton Mix, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Nominated for The Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013 (disqualified due to part-time teaching status) and 2016.

Honored by the University of Vermont Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) at their Annual Faculty Appreciation Night; members of SAAC and team captains invite their "favorite" professor to a dinner to express their gratitude, 2014.

Honored, A Pillar of Excellence, University of Vermont Greek Life, for professors who exemplify values of academic excellence, 2012.

Recognized for Exemplar Online Course Design by the University of Vermont’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), 2010.

Associations and Affiliations

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Out of the Binders (a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women
and gender variant writers)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Creative writing, composition & rhetoric, journalism


  • M.F.A. Bennington College, 2012


Office Location:

417 Old Mill

Courses Taught

  • Writing Happiness
  • Writing Science and Nature
  • Written Expression
  • Expository Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Writing Workshop
  • What is Literature?
  • Composition for Technology Majors
  • Crafting Point of View
  • Writing Photojournalism