Mary Stewart

  • Mary StewartAssistant Professor of English

    Office: 506E Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Phone: 724 357 2473


    • PhD in Education, emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies (University of California Davis)
    • MA in Twentieth-Century Literature (Durham University)
    • BA in English (Baylor University)

    Academic Interests

    Collaborative and interactive learning, composition pedagogy, online writing instruction, hybrid and online education, teaching with technology, digital and multiliteracies  


    Trained as a social scientist at the University of California-Davis, Mary applies education research methodologies to writing studies. More specifically, she conducts qualitative investigations of collaborative and interactive learning and digital literacy in face-to-face, hybrid, and online college composition courses. Mary also has secondary research interests in game-based learning, online learning, and faculty development, which stem from her professional experiences as an instructional designer and faculty developer.

    In the classroom, Mary strives to put her research into practice. In both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, she employs a variety of tools and activities to expose students to multiple perspectives and emphasize the fact that writing is a social act. In all of her courses, she strives to make explicit the powerful ways confident writers can and do enact change.

    When she is not teaching or researching, Mary can be found cooking, painting, or exploring Western Pennsylvania.

    Course Specialties

    ENGL 202: Composition II 
    ENGL 705/805: Language and Social Context
    ENGL 833: Theories of Composition 
    ENGL 846: Collaborative Learning & Digital Authorship