Senior Lecturer

Jenny Grosvenor’s passion for the written word was ignited at Smith College by fellow alumna Sylvia Plath and continued post-graduate, first in publishing at Time-Life Books in Alexandria, Virginia, then at LIFE and Sports Illustrated Magazines in Manhattan. During this time, she received her Masters in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. After many writing projects -- book editing, PR, writing magazine articles, directing and producing advertising videos -- and multiple lives -- a move from Manhattan to the mountains of Vermont, four babies, two weddings, and a funeral (not necessarily in that order) -- Grosvenor recently completed an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature and, alongside teaching, continues to work on her own creative nonfiction, including a memoir. 


cover of Crafting Point of View by Jenny Grosvenor Crafting 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 School Editor (Stowe, VT,
The Apostle Newsletter Editor, (Stowe, VT: St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church,
The Gator Gazette Editor (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, Literature


  • M.F.A. Bennington College, 2012


Office Location:

417 Old Mill

Office Hours:

Spring 2020: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12;00-1:00 , or by appointment

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