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Part-Time Lecturer in English

Mary Balestraci has been teaching writing at Northeastern University since 1995, as a full-time teaching professor and, alternately, as a part-time adjunct. Her main area of interest is exploring gender issues through Victorian responses to Shakespeare’s female characters.

Mary’s teaching at Northeastern has primarily centered on teaching a range of AWD courses but also includes teaching Freshman and ESOL writing classes.

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  • Effective or Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Award (2004)
  • National Panhellenic Conference – Letter of Recognition (1999)
  • Living & Learning Center Faculty Appreciation Award (1998)
  • “Shakespeare’s ‘Wonderful Woman’: A Victorian Defense of Lady Macbeth.” Victorians Institute Journal 43 (2015), 160-187
  • Writing for Academic and Professional Situations: Exploring Experience Through Research. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2002. Co-authored with Amanda Cawley, Kalo Clarke, Tiane Donahue, Andrew R. Grobman, Greg Harding, Matt Higgs, Cynthia Richards, Susan Soroka, and Susan Zoino.

Courses

Course catalog
  • Offers writing instruction for students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres—such as proposals, recommendation reports, letters, presentations, and e-mails—relevant for careers in business. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • 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.

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