Writing center theory and practice, research methods, discourse analysis
Susan Lawrence is Director of George Mason University's Writing Center, which serves undergraduate and graduate students across the university. Her current projects focus on graduate student writers in the disciplines and examine the role of theory in empirical studies of writing.
Susan has taught courses in writing center theory and practice; research methods including ethnography and discourse analysis; professional writing; and rhetorics of reconciliation. She consults with professionals in government, business, and non-profit organizations about communicating with public and congressional audiences.
Lawrence, Susan and Terry Myers Zawacki, editors. Re/Writing the Center: Pedagogies, Practices, and Partnerships to Support Graduate Students in the Writing Center. Utah State University Press. In press.
Lawrence, Susan and Terry Myers Zawacki, editors. Special issue of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, vol. 40, no. 2, March/April 2016. Special issue on writing center support for graduate student thesis and dissertation writers.
Lawrence, Susan. "The Intertextual Forging of Epideictic Discourse: Construals of Victims in the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission Amnesty Hearings." Rhetoric in Detail: Discourse Analyses of Rhetorical Talk and Text, edited by Barbara Johnstone and Christopher Eisenhart, John Benjamins, 2008, pp. 113-40
Hayes, John R., Diana M. Bajzak, Susan Lawrence, and Erwin R. Steinberg. "Developing an Online Writing Tutor: The Interaction of Design Principles and Assessment." Blurring Boundaries: Developing Writers, Researchers and Teachers: A Tribute to William L. Smith, edited by Peggy O'Neill, Hampton Press, 2007, pp. 169-93
Flower, Linda, Susan Lawrence, and Desiree Cook, "Tracking a Literate Practice Across the Disciplines: The Rival Hypothesis Stance in Biology and History." Learning to Rival: A Literature Practice for Intercultural Inquiry, edited by Linda Flower, Elenore Long, and Lorraine Higgins, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000, pp. 213-25
CHSS 390: Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines
ENGH 302: Advanced Composition in the Disciplines
ENGH 386: Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice
ENGH 388: Professional and Technical Writing
ENGH 459: Internship in English
ENGH 501: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Professional Writing and Rhetoric
ENGH 502: Research Methods in Professional Writing & Rhetoric
ENGH 611: Discourse Analysis
ENGH 611: Rhetorics of Accountability
ENGH 612: Cultures of Professional Writing
ENGH 797: Capstone Project in Professional Writing and Rhetoric
ENGH 822: Writing Center Theory and Practice
PhD, Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
MA, Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, English and French, College of William and Mary