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English Department

Faculty & Staff

Nicole Thom-Arens

Title: Instructor of English
Office: Hartnett Hall 141W

BS: Mass Communication: North Dakota State University
MA: Writing with emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition: Missouri State University
MFA: Writing: Lindenwood University

Courses Taught
English 110 – College Composition I
English 120 – College Composition II
English 211 – Intro to Creative Writing
English 412—Creative Nonfiction Workshop
English 238—Children’s Literature
English 321—Topics in Creative Writing
English 191—English Community Seminar

About Nicole:

Nicole’s careers outside academia in media, literacy, and marketing/public relations allow her to balance the demand for practical writing skills outside the university and the theoretical approaches to writing in the classroom. With vast knowledge in the importance of teaching students strong literacy skills, Nicole’s pedagogical approach to teaching writing focuses on critical thinking. As Donald Murray said, “Writing is thinking,” and Nicole’s mission in the classroom is to get her students recognize this concept in the writing process across curriculums within the academy and everyday life outside higher education.

The two major pedagogies in composition—expressivism and social construction—influence Nicole’s teaching style as the classroom work focuses on small and large group discussion and peer review. Her mission is to teach her students to ask and answer “Why?” when making and analyzing claims. Nicole also emphasizes instructor-student conferences throughout the semester to heighten student understanding of the writing process and gauge student progress.

Primarily, Nicole sees herself as a writer who teaches writing. In her scholarship, Nicole works on her own creative nonfiction writing and focuses research on enhancing the creative and critical approaches of her students in writing and reading. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, rhetorical theory, gender studies, literacy studies, and postmodern writing.