Courses Taught

  • ENG 101: Freshman Composition
  • ENG 103: Freshman Writing 
  • ENG 201: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 301: Nonfiction Writing
  • ENG 303: Technical Writing
  • ENG 637A: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: "Alternative Rhetoric"
  • ENG 693A: Writing Nonfiction

Mary Wendt is currently focusing on composition as a sociocultural linguistic practice and using the composition classroom as a space to help students understand the complexity of speech acts as sociocultural, write about the importance and power of language in their lives, and research ways that language impacts the world. Part of Dr. Wendt's research includes flipping the classroom and focusing on composition as a contemporarily robust and historically rich content area and moving away from composition as a skills-oriented course. 

Degrees and Universities

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University
  • MA in English Composition and Communication, Central Michigan University
  • BA in English 

Recent Presentations

"Grammar Games." Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. August 12, 2017.

"Writing About the Ways Writing Works in the World." Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Saginaw Valley University, Saginaw, MI. March 4, 2016.

"Failure is Not an Option: It's a Pedagogy." Great Lakes Teaching and Learning Conference, Mt. Pleasant, MI. May 14, 2015.

 "Working Together: Facilitating Collaboration Through Technology." Great Lakes Teaching and Learning Conference, Mt. Pleasant, MI. May 16, 2014.

"Talking the Walk: The Institutionalization of Digital Literacy." College Conference of Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN. March 20, 2014.

Publications

"Sugar Baby." Creative Nonfiction. The Boiler Journal, Summer, 2014. 

Co-Authored. "Teaching with Technology: Remediating the Teaching Philosophy Statement." Computers and Composition 29 (2012). 23-38.

"When Two (or More) Heads are Better Than One: Collaborative Writing and Technology in the Freshman Composition Classroom." Teaching Writing With Technology. Fountainhead Press. Fall 2009.

"Saturated by Color." (Textbook Article) Discovering Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing With Readings. William Palmer, ed. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 2009. 527-531.

"Healing Hope: The Promises of Stem Cell Therapy." (Textbook Article) Discovering Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing With Readings. Dean Memering and William Palmer, eds. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 2006. 492-495.

"Trying To Save Lives: Are Embryonic Stem Cells Miracles or Murder?" (Textbook Article) Discovering Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing With Readings. Dean Memering and William Palmer, eds. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 2006. 492-495.

 "Nocturnal." Creative Nonfiction, Central Review. Spring 2005.

 "Afghan Rose." Creative Nonfiction, Temenos. Winter 2005.

"Like Asking Scrooge About Christmas." (Textbook Article) English 101: First Year Composition. Marcia Taylor and Elizabeth Brockman, eds. Kendall/Hunt: Dubuque, 2004.

 "Grasp." Creative Nonfiction, A Summer's Reading. 2003.

 "Palette Man." Creative Nonfiction, Pine River Anthology. 2002.

 "Barricade of Barrenness." Creative Nonfiction, Albion Review. 2002.

 "Bean Can." Fiction, Pine River Anthology. 2001.