Susan Naomi Bernstein
Department of English
Arizona State University
851 S. Cady Mall Room 542 | P.O. Box 870302, Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
- Writer, researcher, and editor in theories and practices of writing experienced with providing content for online and print publications for general and specialized audiences.
- Writing and reading educator with broad experience preparing students for transitions from secondary to post-secondary education and for college-ready writing assessments.
- Professional development facilitator dedicated to providing workshops and mentoring for pre-service and in-service teachers on writing issues related to English language arts curricula, diversity, and learning differences.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
- [With James E. Wermers, Shillana Sanchez, Karen Dwyer, and Connie J. Bracewell] “Blended Stretch Writing at Arizona State University.” Conference on College Composition and Communication Grant Award Recipient, April 2015.
- “Teaching, Writing, Learning.” Writing Programs Exemplary ePortfolio Award. Arizona State University, May 2015.
- Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings 4e. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s (©2013; previous editions 2007, 2004, and 2001).
- A Brief Guide to the Novel AB Longman/Pearson, New York, New York 2001.
Refereed Journal Articles
- “Dr. King Did Not Negotiate: Stretching Language With Post-Secondary Writing.” Community College Moment: Self and Other 15 (2015). 13-20.
- “Service on the Beach: Hyper-Focused Lessons from Hurricane Sandy.” Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 14.1 (2014).
- “Basic Writing: In Search of A New Map.” Modern Language Studies 40.3 (2011). 60-75.
- “Material Realities in the Basic Writing Classroom: Intersections of Discovery for Young Women Reading Persepolis 2.”Journal of Basic Writing 27.1 (2008). 80-104.
- “Social Justice Initiative for Basic Writing.” BWe: Basic Writing E-Journal 7.1 (Fall 2008).
- “BWe 2007: Practice, Professional Development, and Favorite Books.” BWe: Basic Writing E-Journal 6.1 (Spring 2007).
- “Writing and the Second Grade.” English in Texas 35.2 (Fall/Winter 2005).
- “Seeing Beyond the Ordinary: Imagination and the Work of Teachers and Students in Basic Writing.” Modern Language Studies 34.1-2 (2004). 84-91.
- “Teaching and Learning in Texas: Accountability Test, Language, Race, and Place.” Journal of Basic Writing 23.1 (2004). 4-24.
- “Writing and White Privilege: Beyond Basic Skills.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 4.1 (2004). 128-31.
- “Writing to Learn: The Nickel and Dimed Project.” Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 20.2. (2004). 59-75. [With Pete Johnson]
- “Learning How Not to Hate School: A Poetry Workshop in the Writing Center.” Florida English Journal. 38.2 (2002). 48-52.
- [With Ann E. Green and Cecilia Ready] “Off the Radar Screen: Gender, Adjuncting, and Teaching Institutions.” College Composition and Communication 53.1 (2001). 149-52.
- “Beth March,” “Nan,” and “Jo’s Boys.” The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia. Ed. Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. 2001.
- “Writing and Little Women: Alcott’s Rhetoric of Subversion.” American Transcendental Quarterly n.s.7 (1993): 25-43. (Cited in The Portable Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Elizabeth Lennox Keyser. New York: Penguin, 2000)
- “Beyond the Basics,” Blog for teachers of Developmental Writing. Bedford Bits. Bedford|St. Martin’s (2011-present).
- [With Steve Cormany]. “Collaborative Poetry: Night Terrors.” Potomac Review: Guest Blog. 14 September 2014.
- “The Quiet Room.” Composing Access: Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition and the Computers and Composition Digital Press. March 2013.
- [With Kathleen Baca, Marisa Klages, Steven Lamos, and others]. Council on Basic Writing Mission Statement. Council on Basic Writing Blog, Special Interest Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. 30 August 2011.
- “A Conversation with Susan Naomi Bernstein.” Boston: Bedford|St. Martin’s 25 July 2011.
- [With Sarah Durand and Sigmund Shen]. “Beyond Tough Choices.” Inside Higher Education. 9 July 2010.
- "A Limestone Way of Learning.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 10 October 2003. B5.
- Review of Basic Writing in America: The History of Nine College Programs. Eds. Nicole Pepinster and Patricia J. McAlexander. Writing Program Administrators: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 32.3 (2009). 140-143.
- Review of The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction by Shannon Carter. Issues in Writing 18.1 (2009). 86-97.
International and national
- “The Journal of Basic Writing at Forty: Risk, Affect, and Materiality in the Shaping of a Field (Sponsored by the Council on Basic Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, March 2015.
- “Better Breathers are Better Learners” (respondent). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, March 2015.
- “Think-Tank for Newcomers: Developing Papers and Sessions for CCCC 2015, Tampa, Florida, March 2015
- “Reflections on a Cyborg Pedagogy: Rethinking the Basic Writing Classroom” 2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium. Orkanen, Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden (Skype presentation). November 2014
- “How Do You Make Open Research Productive and Clear? A Discussion” Conference on Writing Program Administration, Normal, Illinois, July 2014.
- “Writing and Learning “Differently”: ADHD and College Transitions.” CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) New York, New York, New York, June 2014.
- “Freedom Learning Practices from Brisbane to Oaxaca to NYC.” Left Forum and Free University of NYC, New York, New York, May 2014.
- “Trauma in and Beyond the Classroom: Human Rights, Mutual Aid, and Basic Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2014.
- “Think-Tank for Newcomers: Developing Papers and Sessions for CCCC 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2014.
- “Breaking Down Barriers and Enabling Access: (Dis) Ability in Writing Classrooms and Programs.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2014.
- “Alternatives to Online Grammar Instruction Modules.” Council on Basic Writing/ Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2014.
- “Writing for Home, School, and Everyday Life.” Alliance for Global Justice National Gathering, Tucson, Arizona, November 2013.
- “Publishing in Basic Writing.” Council on Basic Writing/ Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2013.
- “Occupy Wall Street and Spirituality: Talking about Peace and Love and Meaning it.” Left Forum, New York, New York, March 2012.
- “Contemplative Pedagogy and Social Transformation.” Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, November 2011.
- “Reclaiming Our Spaces: Accessibility and the Public University.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2011.
- “Conference on Basic Writing Social Justice Workgroup.” Conference on Basic Writing Pre-Convention Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2010.
- “The End(s) of Basic Writing: Remixing Access to Higher Education from Open Admissions to Dual Enrollment.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2010.
- “Mindfulness and Figurative Language.” Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, September 2010.
- "What Counts as Post-Secondary Literacy: Defining Questions of Access.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2009.
- “A New Map.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, March 2009.
- “The Impact of Teacher-Based Research on Undergraduate Teaching in Open-Enrollment Settings: Implications for Basic Writing,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, December 2008.
- “An ‘Apartheid of Imagination’ and White Teachers: The Feminist Rhetorics of Race.” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 2007.
- “Tutoring Writing Outside the Center: Crossing Boundaries in Communities and Classrooms.” International Writing Centers Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2005.
- “Creating Writing Assignments for Generation 1.5 Learners.” English as a Second Language Workshop: Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, California, March 2005.
- “Creative Writing and ESL: Beyond the Margins and the Mainstream.” Conference on College 1 Composition and Communication, New York, New York, March 2003.
- “Writing, Reading, and Learning Differences: Connections,” Conference on Basic Writing/ Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, Texas. March 2004.
- “Pedagogical Responses to State and University Mandated Standardized Testing,” Conference on Basic Writing, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, New York. March 2003.
- “From the Streets of Philadelphia to the Houston Bayous: Lessons from Writing Club and Our Mother of Sorrows.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Illinois, March 2002.
- “Creative Writing and Teacher Research: Feminist Auto-ethnography in Practice.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, Colorado, March 2001.
- “Diversity Work in Texas: Accountability Testing, Race, and Place.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, Texas, March 2004.
- “Literally Incite, Like a Riot: A Feminist History of Basic Writing,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2001.
Regional and Local
- “ADHD and Stretch Writing.” Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe, Arizona, February 2014.
- “Applying Mindful Learning in High-Stakes Writing.” The Sixth Annual Literacy Review Workshops in Teaching Writing to Adults in Basic Education, GED And ESOL Programs, Gallatin Writing Program and Community Learning Initiative, New York University, New York, New York, October 2010.
- “I’ve been to the Mountaintop: Negotiating Transitions to Post-Secondary Education and the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The Fifth Annual Literacy Review Workshops in Teaching Writing to Adults in Basic Education, GED And ESOL Programs, Gallatin Writing Program and Community Learning Initiative, New York University, New York, New York, September 2009.
- “Reading and Writing Martin Luther King, Jr.: Building Classroom Community.” The Fourth Annual Literacy Review Workshops in Teaching Writing to Adults in Basic Education, GED And ESOL Programs, Gallatin Writing Program and Community Learning Initiative, New York University, New York, New York, September 2008.
- “I Want to Write: An Interactive Interpretation.” The Third Annual Literacy Review Workshops in Teaching Writing to Adults in Basic Education, GED And ESOL Programs, Gallatin Writing Program and Community Learning Initiative, New York University, New York, New York, September 2007.
- “Skype Workshop for Stretch Faculty.” University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. April 2015.
- “Learning from Learning Differences: What ADHD Teaches Us about Writing.” Baton Rouge Community College Sixth Annual Developmental Education Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 2014
- PhD in English, Minor in Theory and Aesthetics The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1993
- MA in English Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Concentration in Composition Theory, 1988
- BA in Modern Languages Knox College Galesburg, Illinois, Modern Languages: French major, Spanish minor, 1980, Knox College Junior Year Abroad, Besançon, France, 1978-79
- Lecturer in English and Stretch Program Co-Coordinator, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, August 2013-Present
- Writer (Independent Contractor), Bedford/St. Martin’s, Boston & New York City, 2010- Present
- GED Language Arts Tutor and First-Year Writing Instructor, College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, Co-op City, Bronx, New York, 2012-2013
- Assistant Professor of English (specializing in Developmental Writing)
LaGuardia Community College-CUNY, Long Island City, New York, 2007–2010
University of Cincinnati, Center for Access and Transition, Cincinnati, Ohio 2004-2007
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, 2001-2004
Teaching Artist, Writers in the Schools, Houston, Texas, 2001-2004
- Arizona State University, Tempe: English 594: Teaching Basic Writing (new course); Stretch (WAC 101|English 101); Stretch at the Gila River Indian Community; English101; English 102.
- College of New Rochelle, Coop City, Bronx, NY: Liberal Arts & Sciences 138: Writing the Research Paper; English 155a: Translating Experience into Essay; Ability to Benefit GED to College tutor.
- Other courses taught: Basic Writing; Introduction to Fiction; American Literature Surveys (Early American-American Civil War and Post-Civil War to the Present); Women’s Studies; Honors First-Year Composition; Advanced Composition; Graduate Introduction to Composition Pedagogy; American Studies; Developmental Reading; GED Social Studies; High School Poetry Workshop; Elementary School Creative Writing
- Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation, Rhetoric Society of America Summer Workshop with Richard Marback, Madison, WI, June 2015
- Reviewer for College Composition and Communication 2014-Present
- Reviewer for Journal of Basic Writing 2008-Present
- Reviewer for proposals for 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference in East Lansing, MI
- Co-Chair, Labor Caucus Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014-Present
- Co-editor, Basic Writing e-Journal, 2007-2010; Associate editor 2010-Present
- Executive Board, Council on Basic Writing, 2003-Present
- Co-chair, Conference on Basic Writing 2005-08
- Facilitator, “Writing for Home, School, and Everyday Life” and “Virtual Writing Workshops,” Free University of New York City, 2012-Present
- Hurricane Relief Volunteer, New York City, 2012
- GED Tutor and Teacher, Community Impact GED Program at Columbia University, 2009-2011
- Teaching Artist: Hughes Center High School, Cincinnati, Ohio: 2004-2006