First Year Writing Program

The mission of the First Year Writing Program at UMass Lowell is to help students develop and strengthen skills in expository writing, researched writing, and critical thinking skills they will use in their college career and beyond. The courses we offer enable students to draw on their written communication and critical thinking skills as they broaden their experiences as members of an intellectual community. Learn More.

Meet Our Faculty

Mary Gormley, Ph.D.Lecturer, EnglishRhetoric & Composition
Ann DeanAssociate Professor, Director of the First Year Writing Program, English 
Kevin Petersen, Ph.D.Lecturer, EnglishComposition and Literature; Renaissance Literature
Tracy Michaels, MAVisiting Instructor, EnglishComposition and Literature
Milena Gueorguieva, Ph.D.Lecturer, EnglishESL Exposition, the Research Process, Linguistic Analysis, Gender & Nineteenth Century British Gothic Fiction, British Travel Literature & National Identity.
Shelli DeMarkles, M.A.Visiting Instructor, EnglishComposition and Literature
Matthew Hurwitz, Ph.D.Lecturer, First Year Writing Program, EnglishRhetoric/Composition, First-Year Writing, 19th, 20th, & 21st Century British Literature, Travel Writing, British Empire & National Identity
Robin Mangino, Ph.D.Lecturer, EnglishComposition and Literature
Ashlie Sponenberg, Ph.D.Lecturer, EnglishComposition Pedagogy, Information Literacy, British Modernism, Cinema Studies, & Cultural Studies
Dina Bozicas, M.A.Lecturer, EnglishThe horror genre, film studies, composition and rhetoric

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