Sandra Young, Ph.D.

Sandra Young, Ph.D.

Associate Professor , Language and Literatures


  • Connecticut History Day Judge, March 2016, 2017
  • College of Arts & Sciences, English Core Assessment, 2015-
  • Member, Thematic Liberal Arts Committee, 2015-
  • Member, College of Arts and Sciences Academic Assessment Committee, 2015-
  • Member, JLC Advisory Committee, 2014-

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D.   English: Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, May 1996
      • Major emphases:  Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Rhetorical Theory, Literature and Composition

    • M.A.  English and Creative Writing, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, May 1984

Teaching Responsibilities

    Developing a Writing Voice; Women’s Rhetoric; The Beat Poets; The Rhetoric of Social Justice; American Voices II; Writing Speeches; Approaches to Literature; Experiencing Literature; Sexual Politics and Male Playwrights; Freshman Seminar; Literature and Madness, Honors; Creative Writing – Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting; The Rhetoric of Everyday Life; Writing Everything; Experimental Nonfiction; Writing After College, Honors; Feral Nonfiction; Critical Writing; Writing, Blogging.

Research Interests and Grants

    Dr. Young’s research is pedagogy-based – she researches a topic, teaches a course centered on the topic, and then writes about what her students (and she) learned from the course. 

    Three Freshman Seminar topics have resulted in conference paper presentations, and one paper publication.  FYS topic, The Rhetoric of Humor, was published in Proteus, 2013, as “‘A horse walks into a bar …”:  The Rhetoric of Humor as Consummate Communication Contrivance.” FYS topic The Drama of Love, became “Zone-free and Lovin’ It:  First Year Seminar,” a paper presented at CEA-MAG Conference in 2012.  FYS topic, The Rhetoric of Protest Songs occasioned the papers, “Millennials Meet Movement Music, “delivered at CEA-MAG Conference in 2016; and “‘Fuck Tha Police’:  The Poetry and Politics of N.W.A.,” a paper presented at NeMLA Convention, in MD, 2017.

    Also, Dr. Young published, “Writing Speeches for Others:  When Service Learning Students Hone Their Skills and Become ‘That Man Behind the Curtain,’” in Professional Studies Review, in 2006, that chronicles her students’ experiences writing speeches.

Sandra Young

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    Humanities Center of Acad Bldg HC*221F
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