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Teaching Professor in English; Director of First-Year Writing

Kelly Garneau joined the faculty at Northeastern in 2007 and teaches First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines.  She received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University, specializing in modernist American fiction, especially the role of technologies as models of memory and identity. Her interest in technologies and selves persists in a fascination with the ways the tools we use as writers shape how we express and even know ourselves. Kelly’s academic interests include online and hybrid course design and delivery, student-driven assignment development, multimodal composition, and exploring the factors that influence students’ confidence and identities as writers. In both First-Year and Advanced Writing, Kelly hopes to foster connections between students’ writing and their lived experiences, their passions, and their academic and professional work.  Kelly lives on the South Shore with her family and a menagerie of pets, and spends her downtime reading old school paper newspapers, watching trashy tv, and walking dogs–anyone’s dogs.

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Course catalog
  • First-Year Writing

    ENGW 1111

    Designed for students to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Students read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing and explore how writing functions in a range of academic, professional, and public contexts. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; how to write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media; and how to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.

  • Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • Designed for students who would benefit from an extra semester of writing instruction before taking ENGW 1111. Students study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Introduces students to college-level writing, reading, and research. Offers students an opportunity to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.