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

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
Eng. 111 College Rhetoric
Eng. 112 Critical Reading and writing
Eng. 336 History and Principles of Rhetoric
Eng. 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

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

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

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

Emily Feuerherm, Assistant Professor

https://emfeuerherm.wixsite.com/feuerherm

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
Health Literacy
 
Publications/Current Research

Co-authored article wtih Jacob Blumner. "Growing Pains and Course Correction: Internationalizing a Writing Program." Across the Disciplines, 2018, 15(1), pp. 8-25.

Co-authored chapter with Russul Roumani. “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

Email:
mthum@umflint.edu
Director of the UMF Honors Scholar Program:

Maureen 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