Emily Wierszewski Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
South Lyon, MI
Contact Info

Emily Wierszewski joined SHU in 2010. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of writing pedagogy and race and disability, as well as student research and multimodality. She primarily teaches first-year writing courses and chairs both the English Program and the Undergraduate Writing Program. She's a mom to two young book-lovers who keep her very busy when she's not on campus.


  • Ph.D. in English/Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice from Kent State University (Kent, OH), 2010
  • M.A. in English/Written Communication from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 2006
  • B.A. in English/Writing from Adrian College (Adrian, MI), 2004


  • Wierszewski, Emily. “Creativity.” In Jason Tham (Ed.), Keywords in Design Thinking: A Lexical Primer for Technical Communication Today. WAC Clearinghouse, 2020.
  • Research is about theses instead of discovery. (2018). D.M. Loewe and C. Ball (Eds.), Bad Ideas About Writing. [More Information]
  • Finding their voices: Comics and synthesis in first-year research writing. (2016). In J. Purdy and R. McClure (Eds.), The Future Scholar. Information Today.
  • Creating graphic non-fiction in the postsecondary English classroom to develop multimodal literacies. (2014). ImageTexT, 7(2). [More Information]


  • Stephen P. Witte Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators Research Grant, 2016-2017 [More Information]



  • Wierszewski, Emily and Kim Pennesi. “Taking Small Steps Toward Big Change: A Grassroots WAC Effort.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, June 2020, Boulder, CO. (Proposal approved but conference postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19)
  • Wierszewski, Emily. “Beyond a Single-Story: Cultivating Empathy Through Storytelling.” College English Association National Conference, March 2020, Hilton Head, SC. (Proposal approved but postponed due to COVID-19)
  • Creativity, Critique, & Citizenship: Performance-Based Approaches to Teaching First-Year Composition. (2019, March). Roundtable presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Pittsburgh, PA. (With C. Cusick, L. Patterson, D. Jerz, L. Chambers, K. Pennesi, and A. Henry)
  • The Greatest Stories Never Told: Reinventing the Literacy Narrative for Critical Reflection and Analysis. (2018, October). Panel presentation at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts. 2018 Conference. Harrisburg, PA.
  • Multimodality and Disability: Lessons Learned from a Co-Constructive Relationship with a Visually Impaired Student. (2016, July). Panel presentation at the Council of Writing Program Administrators 2016 Conference. Raleigh, NC.