Chair, Program Directors, & Staff

Chair: James Schirmer
Administrative Assistant: Mandy Myers

Director of Writing Programs and Associate Chair: Stephanie Roach
Director of Writing Placement Exam (EPX): Dave Larsen
Director of Marian E. Wright Writing Center: Jacob Blumner
Director of the MA Program: Suzanne Knight
Director of the Bridge Program: Emily Feuerherm
Coordinator of the Marian E. Wright Writing Center: Vicky Dawson

Director of the UMF Honors Scholar Program: Maureen Thum
Director, MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program: Jan Furman
Dean, School of Education and Human Services: Robert Barnett

Phone:
(810) 766-6706
Email:
jschirm@umflint.edu
Department Chair

James Schirmer, Associate Professor

Education
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi
B.A., Hope College

Specializations/Areas of Interest
Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
Writing Studies

Courses I Teach
English 111: College Rhetoric
English 112: Critical Reading and writing
English 336: History and Principles of Rhetoric
English 345: Technical Writing

Phone:
(810) 762-3285
Email:
mandyst@umflint.edu
Administrative Assistant

Mandy Myers

Phone:
(810) 762-3429
Email:
smroach@umflint.edu
Director of Writing Programs, Associate Department Chair

Stephanie Roach, Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D. (English) University of Connecticut, 2003
M.A. (English) Case Western Reserve University, 1996

Specializations/Areas of Interest

Composition Studies
Writing Program Administration

Courses I Teach

Eng. 111 College Rhetoric
Eng. 112 Critical Reading & Writing
Eng. 252 Advanced Composition
Eng. 336 History and Principles of Rhetoric

Phone:
(810) 424-5247
Email:
dalarsen@umflint.edu
Writing Placement Exam (WPX) Director

Dave Larsen, Lecturer IV

Education

M.A. Northern Michigan University
B.A. University of Michigan

Courses I Teach

Eng. 109 Basic Writing
Eng. 111 College Rhetoric
Eng. 112 Critical Reading & Writing
Eng. 252 Adv. Composition
Eng. 296 Intro. to Creative Writing
Eng. 392 Adv. Creative Writing, Fiction
Eng. 399 Independent Writing, Fiction

Phone:
(810) 762-0655
Email:
blumner@umflint.edu
Director of the Marian E. Wright Writing Center

Jacob Blumner, Professor

Education

Ph.D. University of Nevada
M.A. California State University, Long Beach
B.A. California State University, Long Beach

Publications/Current Research

Writing Centers
Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing Assessment

Courses I Teach

English 111: College Rhetoric
English 112: Critical Reading and Writing
English 252: Advanced Composition
English 260: Writing the Personal Essay
English 340: Introduction to Composition Theory
English 363: Tutor Training Seminar

Phone:
(810) 762-3183
Email:
feuerher@umflint.edu
Director of the Bridge Program

Emily Feuerherm, Assistant Professor

Education

M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2013

B.A. University of Arkansas, 2003
 
Specializations/Areas of Interest

Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition
Language Policy and Planning
Refugee, Immigrant, and Citizenship Studies
TESOL and English as a Second Language
Participatory Action Research Methods
 
Publications/Current Research

Co-authored chapter with Ariel Loring. “The Journey to U.S. Citizenship: Developing a Participatory Curriculum for Iraqi Refugees.” In Loring & Ramanathan (Eds.) Language, Immigration and Naturalization: Legal and Linguistic Issues. Multilingual Matters, 2016, pp. 56-76.

Co-edited book with Vaidehi Ramanathan. Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Language, Policy, Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters, 2015.

“Keywords in Refugee Accounts: Implications for Language Policies.”  Language Policies and (Dis)Citizenship, V. Ramanathan (Editor), Multilingual Matters, 2013, pp. 52-72.

Courses I Teach

LIN 102: Advanced Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
ENG/LIN 150: Taboo Language
ENG/LIN 200: Introduction to Linguistics
TEL 313: Second Language Acquisition
TEL 410: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Seminar and Practicum

Phone:
(810) 762-0145
Email:
suknight@umflint.edu
Director, Master of Arts in English Language and Literature (MA) Program

Suzanne Knight, Associate Professor

Phone:
(810) 766-6603
Email:
vidawson@umflint.edu
Coordinator of the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (308 Thompson Library)

Vicky Dawson

Phone:
(810) 762-3467
Email:
mthum@umflint.edu
Director of the UMF Honors Scholar Program:

Mauren Thum, Lecturer IV

Honors Program

Education

Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.A. Queen's University
B.A. Queen's University, Hon.

Phone:
(810) 762-3463
Email:
jfurman@umflint.edu
Director, MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program

Jan Furman, Professor

Education

Ph.D. Florida State University
M.A. Bucknell University
B.A. Tuskegee Institute

Phone:
(810) 766-6878
Email:
rbarnett@umflint.edu
Dean, School of Education and Human Services

Robert Barnett, Professor

Download Dr. Barnett's Presentation How to Write a Winning Resume

Education

Ph.D. University of Nevada
M.A. Central Michigan University
B.A. Alma College