Cynthia Bair Van Dam
Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer
Department of Literature
- Cindy Bair Van Dam joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. She earned an MA from American University in 1993 and a BA from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Prior to teaching at AU, she taught at Howard University. Her professional interests include political rhetoric, children's literature, and composition theory. Her less than professional interests revolve around Jane Austen, college football, professional cycling, reality television, and academic novels.
DegreesMA in Literature, American University
BA in English, University of Nebraska
Book Currently Reading:The Goldfinch (Tartt); And the Dark Sacred Night (Glass); What We Lost is Nothing (Snyder)
- CAS - Literature
- Battelle Tompkins - 245
- Tuesdays and Fridays 11:45-1:30 (walk in) and 5:15-6:15 (by appointment only).
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Outstanding Professor, The University Honors Program, American University 2003-2004
- Professor of the Year, Eta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega, 2007
Presenter (refereed), “The Limitations of the Supervisor-as-Mentor: a Three-tier Solution,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2008 Presenter (refereed), "Consenting Adults: Peer Grading by Consensus," Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2004 Presenter (refereed), "Apocalypse Not!: Creating Collegiality among Contingent Writing Faculty,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2003 Presenter (refereed), "Strategies for Creating Information Literate Writers," Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2002