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Cynthia Bair Van Dam

Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Department of Literature

Cindy joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. She earned an MA from American University in 1993 and a BA from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Before coming to AU, she taught at Howard University. Her research interests include composition pedagogy and contingent faculty issues. She won the University Honors Program's Outstanding Professor Award 2003-2004. Cindy currently serves as Chair of the General Education Program and the Faculty Director of the Complex Problems Community. When she's not working, she's reading contemporary fiction, Austen, or Rowling. Or she's rooting for the Cornhuskers.

Degrees

MA in Literature, American University
BA in English, University of Nebraska

Book Currently Reading
All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr) Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (West)

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Office
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 245
Tuesdays and Fridays 11:00-1:00
Contact Info
(202) 885-2983 (Office)

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See Also
Department of Literature
Writing Center

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

Presenter (refereed), Equality or Exploitation?: Questioning the Risks and Rewards of Contingent Faculty Service"," Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2015

Presenter (refereed), “The Walking Dead: Motivating Millennials as Pragmatic Idealists,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2014

Presenter (refereed), Did Not Attend.  “Life in the Fast Lane: Why Students are Speeding Through Research, Reading and Writing,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2013

Presenter (refereed), “The Efficiency Generation: Understanding Why Students Make Odd Choices When They Research and Write,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2012

Presenter (refereed), “Did you hear the one about…? Plagiarism Narratives,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010

Chair (refereed), “Remixing Reading, Writing, Responding,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010

Presenter (refereed), "Teaching Students to Grade Between the Lines: a Contemporary Evolution of Peer Response,” National Council of Teachers of English Conference, November, 2009

Presenter (refereed), “The Limitations of the Supervisor-as-Mentor: a Three-tier Solution,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2008

Invited Presenter (refereed), “Inventing the Academic Writer: Teaching Strategies for Complicating the Middle-Class Writer-Identity,” Hawaii Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2007.

Presenter (refereed), “Consenting Adults: Peer Grading by Consensus,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2004

Presenter (refereed), “Apocalypse Now?  Apocalypse Not!: Creating Collegiality among Contingent Writing Faculty,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2003

Presenter (refereed), “Strategies for Creating Information Literate Writers,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2002

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Outstanding Professor, The University Honors Program, American University 2003-2004
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  • Professor of the Year, Eta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega, 2007