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Victor Piercey, Erin Militzer, and Anil Venkatesh, Roxanne Cullen, Melissa Smith, and
Deirdre Fagan (Ferris State University, Languages and Literature)
The Unexpected Partnership Between Math and English: A Public Reflection
Over the last three years, we have created freshmen learning communities centered on
linking general education mathematics courses with first-year writing courses. While
we expected that the students would benefit, we were surprised to find that we as
faculty grew into a learning community. We will share what we have learned from one
another so far and what we anticipate the future holds for this project.
Melissa Sara Smith has a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University, and she
specializes in Children's and Young Adult Literature. She teaches a variety of courses
in literature and composition, and her research interests include feminism and queer
theory, temporality, embodiment theories, children's literature and culture, and
reading and writing communities. She is also the faculty advisor of the Ferris State
University English Society.