Emily Woster

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Professional title

Assistant Professor


Emily teaches lower- and upper-division writing courses and serves as the Lead Consultant in the Writers' Workshop, UMD's campus writing center. She works with writers from across campus and helps lead various professional development workshops for students and faculty. She is Managing Editor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and is currently the Visiting Scholar for the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her teaching and research build on all areas of English studies including composition and rhetoric, linguistics, literature, and pedagogy.


BA in English, College of Saint Scholastica ('06)
MA in English, University of Minnesota Duluth ('08)
PhD in English Studies, Illinois State University ('13)

Teaching Interests

Research writing, argumentation and rhetorical situation, inclusivity and representation, professional writing, intertextuality, and writing about literature

Courses Taught

WRIT 1120: College Writing
WRIT 3100: Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 3110: Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
WRIT 3130: Engineering

Research Interests

Women's life writing, children's and adolescent literature, L.M. Montgomery, reading studies and histories of reading, and writing pedagogy


“Old Years and Old Books: L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Reading and Self-Fashioning” L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942. Eds. Rita Bode and Lesley Clement. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015. 151-65.

“L.M Montgomery and Reading in/as Autobiography.” a/b: Auto/biography Studies. 29.2 (Winter 2014): 199-210.

“The Readings of a Writer: The Literary Landscape Created by L.M. Montgomery’s Love of Literature.” Special issue of CREArTA: International Journal of the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts. 5 (2005): 209-22.