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Emily Wierszewski Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
South Lyon, MI
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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 was recently awarded a Council of Writing Program Administrators research grant to study Seton Hill's writing placement tool and its impact on marginalized students. She primarily teaches first-year writing courses and chairs both the English Program and the Undergraduate Writing Program. She loves working with English majors in courses like Linguistics, Creative Content, and Magazine Writing and Editing. She's a mom to two young booklovers 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


  • 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]
  • 'Something old, something new’: Evaluative criteria in teachers’ responses to student multimodal texts. (2013). In H. McKee and D. DeVoss (Eds.), Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. Computers and Composition Digital Press. [More Information]


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



  • 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.
  • Successfully Building a Student-Directed Self-Placement Writing Measure. (2016, June). Interactive session at the Conference of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AAHLE), Milwaukee, WI.
  • Rhetoric and Lost Marbles: Applying Aristotle to Grasp Graphic Narrative. (2015, November). Comics Panel Presentation at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Annual Conference (PAMLA), Portland, OR.
  • An Experiment in Images: Using Comics to Teach Research Writing. (2015, February). Concurrent session at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Newport Beach, CA.