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Laura Proszak

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 rhetorical education, embodied and material rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, and archival studies. Her current research project examines rhetorical education for children of immigrants at a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century manual training school in Boston. 

Education

Ph.D., Northeastern University

B.A. and M.A., Tulane University 

Current Research

  • Composition pedagogy 
  • Rhetorical education
  • Embodied and material rhetorics
  • Cultural rhetorics
  • Archival studies

Selected Publications

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

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. (in press)

Teaching Focus

  •      ENGL 110: Elements of Exposition
  •      ENGL 111: Written English and Literary Studies I
  •      ENGL 112: Written English and Literary Studies II
  •      ENGL 191: Honors English I (topic: Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing: Memory, Place, and Archives)
  •      ENGL 210: Cultural Rhetorics
  •      ENGL 2xx: Writing for the Professions
  •      ENGL 510: Theory and Practice of Writing (graduate)

Awards

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

Contact Info

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Laura Proszak
  • Assistant Professor, English
GMH 208