Susan Perala-Dewey

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As a writing coach, I am most interested in helping students see writing as a lifelong journey of growth and development. Some current areas of interest in my classroom are exploring empathy, advocacy, and action in promoting a more compassionate and civically involved community. Students are often required to complete service learning hours and create writing aimed toward community engagement and helping to narrow social inequality gaps on many fronts. As a practitioner of critical pedagogy, I am always experimenting with different ways to approach teaching and learning. As our department College in the Schools Liaison, I mentor, share, support, and learn from some of the best high school teachers of writing in the region. 


MA, English/Writing Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2003
BA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1992

Courses Taught

WRIT 1120: College Writing
WRIT 3121: Advanced Writing: Businesses & Organizations
WRIT 3140: Advanced Writing: Human Service Professions
WRIT 3160: Advanced Writing: Social Science Professions