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Cynthia Bair Van Dam Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Department of Literature

Contact
Send email to Cynthia Bair Van Dam
(202) 885-2983 (Office)
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 245
Tuesdays and Fridays 5:30-6:30 by appointment.
Additional Positions at AU
Chair, AU Core Committee
Faculty Director, Complex Problems Community Pilot
Degrees
MA in Literature, American University BA in English, University of Nebraska

Book Currently Reading
A Piece of the World (Christina Baker Kline) and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
Bio
Cindy Bair Van Dam is a compositionist who joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. In addition to teaching in the Writing Studies Program, Cindy is also the Chair of the AU Core Committee and serves as the Faculty Director of the Complex Problems Community Pilot. She earned an MA from American University and a BA from the University of Nebraska. Before coming to AU, she taught in the English Department at Howard University. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, information literacy, and contingent faculty issues. In recognition of her leadership while developing the new AU Core, Cindy was honored with the Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and an award for Outstanding Service to the University in a Term Appointment. She also won the University Honors Program's Outstanding Professor Award 2003-2004. When she's not working, she's reading contemporary fiction, Austen, or Rowling. Or she's rooting for the Cornhuskers.
See Also
Department of Literature
Writing Center
For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Outstanding Service to the University Community in a Term-line Appointment, 2017
  • The Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Award, 2017
  • Outstanding Professor, The University Honors Program, American University 2003-2004
  • Professor of the Year, Eta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega, 2007

Professional Presentations

Presenter (refereed), Equality or Exploitation?: Questioning the Risks and Rewards of Contingent Faculty Service"," Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2015

Presenter (refereed), “The Walking Dead: Motivating Millennials as Pragmatic Idealists,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2014

Presenter (refereed), Did Not Attend.  “Life in the Fast Lane: Why Students are Speeding Through Research, Reading and Writing,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2013

Presenter (refereed), “The Efficiency Generation: Understanding Why Students Make Odd Choices When They Research and Write,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2012

Presenter (refereed), “Did you hear the one about…? Plagiarism Narratives,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010

Chair (refereed), “Remixing Reading, Writing, Responding,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2010

Presenter (refereed), "Teaching Students to Grade Between the Lines: a Contemporary Evolution of Peer Response,” National Council of Teachers of English Conference, November, 2009

Presenter (refereed), “The Limitations of the Supervisor-as-Mentor: a Three-tier Solution,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2008

Invited Presenter (refereed), “Inventing the Academic Writer: Teaching Strategies for Complicating the Middle-Class Writer-Identity,” Hawaii Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2007.

Presenter (refereed), “Consenting Adults: Peer Grading by Consensus,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2004

Presenter (refereed), “Apocalypse Now?  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