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Margaret Shaw

Associate Professor,
Writing Program Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 

Margaret Shaw is an Associate Professor of English who has been here since 1993. For nine of those years she was the Writing Program Coordinator for the University/English Department, while teaching courses in modern rhetoric, composition theory and practice, and historical constructions of literacy. On the undergraduate level, she teaches writing by women, British Literature in the 19th-Century, the 19th-Century British Novel, and, when possible, an Honors Colloquium in writing. She attended Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh for her degrees, although she has worked and lived in Louisiana,Virginia, Wisconsin,as well as Ohio. She travels when she can and has lived in Venezuela, Guatemala, and Brazil.  Her research area is in the history of literacy and constructions of literate women. In the recent past, she has been a Faculty Associate for First-Year Experience Residential Services and a member of a number of faculty and student Learning Communities.She is currently busy designing the use of digital technology tools for the teaching of writing.


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Shaw, Margaret, Brian Huot, and Gerry Winter, “Analyzing Narratives of Change in a Writing Program.”  Interrupting the Program: Critical Questions in Writing Program
    . Eds. Donna Strickland and Jeanne Gunner (Boynton/Cook) 2009.
  • “Reading the Social Text: The Disciplinary Rhetorics of Sarah Ellis and Samuel Beeton,” Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 24 (1998): 175-192.
  • “Narrative Surveillance and Social Control in Villette,” Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Autumn 1994): 813-833.
  • “Constructing the ‘Literate Woman’: Nineteenth-Century Literary Reviews and Emerging Literacies,” Dickens Studies Annual, Eds. Michael Timko, et al. Vol. 21 (New York: AMS Press; 1992): 195-212.
  • “What Students Don’t Say: An Approach to the Student Text,” College Composition and Communication, Vol. “Teaching Revision as Re-Seeing: Sequenced Assignments for Basic Writing,” Iowa English Bulletin, Vol. 32, Nos. 1&2, NCTE (1983): 1-4.


  • College Writing Program Instructor’s Manual. Kent OH: Department of English, Kent State U, 1993-99; 2nd ed. 2001.
  • A Guide to College English. Kent OH: Department of English, Kent State U, 1998-99; 2nd ed. 2001.
Research Areas
  • Victorian Literature
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Literacy Studies

Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
College Composition and Communication

Margaret Shaw
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-1747
Spring 2015
  • ENG 34004 - 001 British Literature , 1800 - 1900
  • ENG 41198 - 007 Research Assistant In English
Summer 2015
  • ENG 30063 - 012 Bus And Professional Writing
  • ENG 34004 - 010 British Literature , 1800 - 1900
  • ENG 61094 - 030 Teaching College Writing
Fall 2015
  • ENG 49091 - 002 Sem : Atwood And Rich