Teacher Biography

How to pronounce my name: LOO-sha (ryhmes with “fuschia”) p’LAWski

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  My research areas are Composition Studies and Literary Theory.  My current research asks: how has post-structuralism influenced and not influenced the way we teach freshman writing at the university; what are the institutional reasons for this split between praxis and theory; what would a post-structuralist first-year writing course look like; can post-structuralism teach our students a kind of politics that will help them critique and resist the injustices of the neoliberal university?  If you’d like to read more, here is a copy of my dissertation, “High Theory, the Teaching of Writing, and the Crisis of the University.” I love to teach, and I love to teach writing. I have been teaching at the college level at four different institutions in the Midwest (one private, three public) for over 10 years. My first semester teaching at the University of Minnesota, where I most recently taught before I started at the University of St. Thomas, I won the Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, and I have been nominated for that award almost every time I have taught freshman writing since.

Although I take teaching writing seriously, we have a lot of fun in the classroom!

You can reach me at lucia.pawlowski@stthomas.edu.

And in my free time, you can find me at the dog park…


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