Mary P. Sheridan

Email: maryp.sheridan @
Office Hours: Spring Term: M 8:30 - 10:00;
W 10:00 - 11:00


Courses Taught

Note: Credit may not be received for both 102 and 105. Open only to exceptionally qualified students who have been notified of their eligibility. Completion discharges the general education requirement for two terms of freshman composition. Extensive practice of writing and reading, with several assignments requiring research.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Designed for advanced Business students and Arts and Sciences students anticipating careers in law, business, or government. Concentrates on writing in a variety of forms of business discourse. Emphasizes practicing writing processes, developing an appropriate style, learning professional problem-solving, integrating oral and written communication, and using new communication technologies.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105 or WGST 199. Note: Cross-listed with WGST 325. The literary treatment of women by both female and male authors of the Western tradition.
Introduction to the design of the freshman composition syllabus, writing assignments, and ways of responding to them.
Topics can include cognition and composition, the social construction of knowledge, feminist theory and composition, etc.
Advanced investigations in rhetoric and composition under a variety of special.

Educational Background

  • PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA from University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA from University of Notre Dame

Teaching Areas

  • Digital Media
  • Writing Studies and Community Literacy
  • Gender Studies (Feminist Methods; Girls' Studies)

Research Interests

  • Digital Media
  • Writing Studies and Community Literacy
  • Gender Studies (Feminist Methods; Girls' Studies)

Professional Activities

  • Computers & Composition Editorial Board

Select Publications

  • Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Carbondale: SIU Press, 2012. (co-edited with Lee Nickoson)
  • Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age. London: Routledge, 2010. (with Jennifer Rowsell)
  • Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone Albany: SUNY, 2008.
  • Feminism and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook Boston: Bedford/NCTE, 2003 (edited with Gesa Kirsch, Faye Spencer Maor, Lance Massey, Lee Nickoson-Massey)