Office: 506PP Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Phone: 724 357 4936
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.
ENGL 101: English Composition
ENGL 632: Composition Theory and Practice
ENGL 705/805: Language and Social Context