Laura Proszak

  • Assistant Professor, English
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Laura Proszak joined the Department of Literature and Language in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of English and Composition Coordinator. Laura holds a Ph.D. in English – Rhetoric and Composition from Northeastern University and a BA and MA from Tulane University. She also holds certifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Archival Studies and Digital Humanities. Laura teaches first-year composition and upper-level writing and rhetoric courses. Laura's research centers on composition pedagogy, rhetorical education, embodied and material rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, and archival studies. Her current research project examines rhetorical education at late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century manual training schools in Boston and New York. 

Ph.D., Northeastern University

B.A. and M.A., Tulane University 

  • Composition pedagogy 
  • Rhetorical education
  • Embodied and material rhetorics
  • Cultural rhetorics
  • Archival studies
  •      ENGL 110: Elements of Exposition
  •      ENGL 111: English Composition I
  •      ENGL 112: English Composition II
  •      ENGL 191: Honors English I (topics: Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing: Memory, Place, and Archives; Digital Writing)
  •      ENGL 210: Cultural Rhetorics
  •      ENGL 209: Writing for the Professions
  •      ENGL 510: Theory and Practice of Writing (graduate)

Proszak, Laura, and Ellen Cushman. “Delinking Student Perceptions of Place With/in The University Archive.” Teaching Through the Archives: Text, Collaboration, and Activism, edited by Tarez Samra Graban and Wendy Hayden, Southern Illinois University Press, 2022, pp. 197-211. 

Proszak, Laura. “‘Products of U.S. Performance: A Material Rhetorical Education at North Bennet Street Industrial School, 1890-1910.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 109-121, 2021, DOI: 10.1080/02773945.2021.1877801


Greenwald Faculty Development Research Grant, 2022-2023. 

Mercy University Faculty Fellow, Advisory Committee for Teaching and Learning and the Provost’s Office, 2020-2021.