Dr. Rachel N. Spear

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Dr. Rachel N. Spear

Assistant Professor of English, Coordinator of English Composition

Office: FH 124
Phone: 843-661-1506
rspear@fmarion.edu

Dr. Spear is an Assistant Professor of English and the Coordinator of First-Year Composition. Prior to joining FMU in 2014, she was the Interim Expanded Composition Coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi, taught general education courses at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and worked with Communication across the Curriculum at Louisiana State University. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature in 2010 from LSU, focusing on writing studies, and was awarded the Ann Veronica Simon Outstanding Gender Studies Dissertation Award.

Her research relies on an interdisciplinary approach to investigate women’s life-writing posttrauma and the transformative benefits of writing one’s story. Concentrating primarily on writing, cultural, and pedagogical studies, Spear has spoken at a number of conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Northeast Modern Language Association, where she served as Women’s and Gender Studies Board Representative. Publications range from creative nonfiction to theoretical work and include “Uprooted” in NOLA Diaspora and “Let Me Tell You a Story’: On Teaching Trauma Narratives, Writing, and Healing” in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. At FMU, Dr. Spear primarily teaches first-year writing and upper-level writing courses.

Visit her website: http://rachelnspear.com

Education

PhD, Louisiana State University
EdS, Louisiana State University
MA, Louisiana State University
BA, Millsaps College

Affordability

FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’re developing high-caliber professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

No giant lecture halls here. We keep class sizes small and the crowds thin at FMU because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and right about 4,000 students sound like “just right” numbers to us.

Aesthetics

Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in 20 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this pretty, you have to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.

UNIVERSITY HONORS

Francis Marion University has been recognized for five straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university by the Chronicle for Higher Ed. More at http://www.chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges16

FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional University by U.S. News and World Report.

Francis Marion University is in ETC’s top 10 percent of university’s that have the most impact on graduate’s long-term career earnings. More at www.educatetocareer.com.

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DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Francis Marion University follows all state, local, and federal laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher learning. FMU adheres to all Title IX policies, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state, local, or federal law. General questions regarding Title IX can be directed to the Office of Civil Rights (www.ed.gov/ocr). Specific questions may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator (titleixcoordinator@fmarion.edu) or the University’s Human Resources Office.

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