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

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 post-trauma 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 serves 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


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


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