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Cynthia Bair Van Dam

Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer
Department of Literature

  • Cindy Bair Van Dam 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. Prior to teaching at AU, she taught at Howard University. Her professional interests include political rhetoric, children's literature, and composition theory. Her less than professional interests revolve around Jane Austen, college football, professional cycling, reality television, and academic novels.
  • Degrees

    MA in Literature, American University
    BA in English, University of Nebraska
  • Book Currently Reading:

    Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Stradal); Early Warning (Smiley); The Children's Act (McEwan)

  • CAS - Literature
  • Battelle Tompkins - 245
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Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

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

Professional Presentations

  • Presenter (refereed), “The Limitations of the Supervisor-as-Mentor: a Three-tier Solution,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2008
  • Presenter (refereed), "Consenting Adults: Peer Grading by Consensus," Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2004   
  • Presenter (refereed), "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