Sarah is the Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature in the English Department at TCU. An affiliate of both the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program, Sarah teaches courses in such areas of study as American, global, and transatlantic literatures; women’s, children’s and youth-related writing and culture; public humanities; and the connections between historical trends and cultural production as well as links between American identities and individuals’ engagement with social issues in a range of historical periods, including our current moment.
Much of Sarah’s teaching involves mentoring and collaborating with students in the English Department’s graduate programs. She is especially proud of having co-authored a number of scholarly publications along with graduate students and to have collaborated in many interdisciplinary humanities projects with both graduate and undergraduate students.
Along with course offerings, Sarah’s teaching incorporates collaborative programs and workshops with educators, as well as an active agenda of public talks and conference sessions. (See her CVs in the “About” section for examples.)
Sarah also cultivates opportunities for writing about her teaching through both formal academic publications and less formal venues such as web publishing devoted to teaching stories. Here are several examples of Sarah’s writing about her teaching:
“The Best Books on Finding Home in American Storytelling”
Digital edition of Teachers’ Writing Groups:
These links provide copies of several of Sarah’s undergraduate and graduate syllabi from TCU.
Finding Home: A junior-level research seminar focused on diaspora, settlement, and resistance
Young Adult Literature in American Culture: A course originally envisioned along with several graduate students collaborating with me via a TCU Instructional Development Grant
Cultural Contact Zones: A lower-division Honors course that became a model for others’ classes on this topic
American Literature as a Field of Study: Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Trends
Seminar in Transatlantic Print Culture of the Long Nineteenth Century, co-taught with Linda K. Hughes
Feminist Inquiry, fall 2018
Major Projects for Feminist Inquiry: