MAUREEN CLARK portrait
  • Career Faculty Instructor/Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Current Courses

Spring 2021

Professional Organizations

  • Archeology Society of Scotland. 06/01/2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Writing Center Association. 07/01/2010 - 07/30/2015. Position : Member.
  • National Council for Teachers of English. 07/01/2010 - present. Position : Member.
  • Associated Writing Programs. 01/01/1999 - present. Position : Member.
  • Utah Historical Society. 01/01/1976 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

Confucius once said, “I have not succeeded in becoming a sage. I simply never tire of learning and never weary of teaching.”  I never get tired of learning just as I never get tired of teaching. Whatever I learn, my first instinct is to tell someone about it. To formalize this instinct I create a syllabus, enter a classroom, start a discussion.

Not all students have this same enthusiasm for learning and I can’t make students learn any more than I can make students become good writers. What I can do is share my love for words and ideas and reignite their interest in asking questions. By the end of the semester I want my students to have at least an appreciation of words, to understand that thinking and writing are inextricably bound together in the process of gaining knowledge.

If knowledge is socially constructed, then learning happens inside a conversation. Whether it’s a classroom discussion, a tutoring session, or an email exchange with a faculty member regarding a piece of writing, the sharing of information, the free exchange of ideas generates the expansion of learning for all participants. This Burkean Parlor exists in every exchange of ideas. The hierarchy that usually exists in education is not something I’m interested in supporting. I would much rather put my efforts into leveling the playing field between my students, our writing center clients and myself. Although we might be at different places in the pursuit of good writing, the benefits of treating students and clients as equals encourages them to see learning as an ongoing stream of ideas, rather than an end product. It also creates colleagues rather than professors and underlings.

James Berlin said that “every rhetorical system is based on epistemological assumptions about the nature of reality, the nature of the knower, and the rules governing the discovery and communication of the known.” While these assumptions might be accepted by the majority, I prefer to see the rhetorical system of the writing center as a place where assumptions are taken apart by the collaborative act of tutoring. Any time knowledge is transferred in a linear manner, both participants become recipients of and contributors to the knowledge. I cannot ignore the fact that I may be a storehouse of useful information and that I work from teh assumption that knowledge resides inside my students and needs to be brought into the light, however, to accomplish the type of social knowledge transfer all parties must be equals in the conversation and mentally present. I hold myself to this standard. When I am in the classroom or a tutoring situation I am completely focused on the exchange of ideas. I want to learn whatever I can from the conversation.

I received my education later in life and it is perhaps for this reason that I never want to stop being a student. In the years I waited to finish my education I focused on learning as much as I could in whatever venue I could. As a teacher and a writing center director, I am constantly rethinking my approach to problems, the angle of my view, the questions that need to be asked, and the best ways to communicate those ideas to others.

Courses I Teach

  • Writing 6020 - Responding to Student Writing
    Taught in conjunction with Writing 4020, this course is for graduate students learning the theory and praxis of writing center pedagogy in evaluating graduate student and faculty texts. This class also covers valuable pedagogical information for responding to student writing as a tutor, or instructor.
  • Writing 4020 - Writing Center Practicum
    This course covers the theory and praxis of writing center pedagogy including how to evaluate a student text, and how to collaborate with a student writer at any level in any discipline to further their development as a writer. Conducted in a workshop setting, this course is relevant to all disciplines, especially those with an intensive focus on communication/writing.
  • Writing 2010 - Intermediate Academic Writing.
    Writing 2010 introduces students to the strategies, tools, and resources necessary to become successful writers in different scholarly contexts. Specifically, students will practice analytical and persuasive writing, while developing critical reading and thinking skills and gaining expertise in library research
  • English 2500 - Beginning Creative Writing
    This course will introduce the student to reading and writing poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction. The main objective is to learn to recognize, evaluate and utilize various writing techniques. The student will conduct close readings of assigned texts, complete in-class writing exercises and write and revise their own poems and stories.
  • Writing 1010 - Beginning Academic Writing
    Writing 1010: Introductory Academic Writing. University of Utah This course will prepare students for writing at the university level. It will stress the difference between writing for self and writing for others. Students will learn the difference between personal opinion and researched argument, persuasion and analysis, along with an introduction to using sources in academic writing

Pedagogical Publications

  • Invited Presenter, Two Year College Association, Salt Lake City, UT "The Second Best Exotic Grammar Lesson" I propose that if we really want to help students understand grammar, we have to give them an experience with the malleability of language. The model that sees “language as artifact” (Gere et al. 1992) won’t do. We need to look at language as a living entity and poetry is the only place I know where this is possible. Presentation accepted, 10/02/2015.
  • Invited Presenter. IWCA Conference, San Diego, CA, 2012 “Aristotle’s Poetics and Keats’ Negative Capability: The Influence of Poetic Theory on Tutor Praxis” . Presentation accepted, 10/2012.
  • Invited Presenter. “What Does Organization have to do with it?” Black Leadership Institute, June 2012 . Presentation accepted, 06/2012.
  • Invited Panelist. Business Writing and the Writing Center, 2012, Chris LeClyuse, Andrea Malouf and Leslie Robbins . Presentation accepted, 04/2012.

Teaching Projects

  • How to Write a Statement of Purpose. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 07/01/2013 - 07/01/2013.
  • Writing a Personal Statement, CESA. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 04/24/2013 - present.
  • Effective Use of Sources, Writing 2010. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 02/25/2013 - present.
  • Writing an Artist Statement, Art 4930. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 02/07/2013 - present.
  • Good Writing Habits, CL 3620. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 02/06/2013 - present.
  • Writing Research and Grant Proposals, Writing 7130. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 01/29/2013 - present.
  • The Writing Center and Students with Disabilities, CDC Staff Meeting. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 01/16/2013 - present.
  • Writing a Personal Statement. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/22/2012 - 11/22/2012.
  • Do you have Writing Anxiety? Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 10/31/2012 - 10/31/2012.
  • Writing a Literature Review. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/26/2012 - 09/16/2012.
  • Becoming a Graduate Student Writer. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/22/2012 - 09/22/2012.
  • Good Writing Habits for the Graduate Student. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/21/2012 - 09/21/2012.
  • Graduate Student Writers . Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/21/2012 - present.
  • The Graduate Student Writer, Graduate Art Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/21/2012 - present.
  • College Writing Expectations . Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/13/2012 - 09/13/2012.
  • Moving Beyond Grammar. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/04/2012 - present.
  • College Preparation and Writing. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/30/2012 - 08/30/2012.
  • Good Writing Habits for Undergraduate Writers. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/29/2012 - 08/29/2012.
  • Becoming a Graduate Student Writers. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/29/2012 - 08/29/2012.
  • Review of Good Writing Skills, Architecture 2500. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/29/2012 - present.
  • Nusring Students can Improve their Writing Skills. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/28/2012 - 08/28/2012.
  • Developing Good Writing Habits. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/22/2012 - 08/22/2012.
  • Good Writers, Good Habits. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/22/2012 - 08/22/2012.
  • Writing to Avoid Plagiarism. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/18/2012 - 08/18/2012.
  • Writing to Avoid Plagairism. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/18/2012 - 08/18/2012.
  • Responding to Student Writing and Writers, Writing 2010 TA Colloquium. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/14/2012 - present.
  • Personal Statement Workshop. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 04/19/2012 - 04/19/2012.
  • How to Write a Personal Statement. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/28/2011 - 11/28/2011.
  • How to Write a Personal Statement. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/16/2011 - 11/16/2011.
  • How to Write a Personal Statement. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/02/2011 - 11/02/2011.
  • Writing and College Prep. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 10/22/2011 - 10/22/2011.
  • How to Avoid Writing Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 10/06/2011 - 10/06/2011.
  • Good Writing Habits for Graduate Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 10/05/2011 - 10/05/2011.
  • How to Avoid Writing Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/29/2011 - 09/29/2011.
  • Good Writing Habits for Graduate Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/18/2011 - 09/18/2011.
  • Writing for ELP Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/12/2011 - 09/12/2011.
  • Developnig Good Writing Habits. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/09/2011 - 09/09/2011.
  • Good Writing Habits for Nursing Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/30/2011 - 08/30/2011.
  • Responding to Student Writers, TA Colloquium. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/17/2011 - 08/17/2011.
  • How to Avoid Wriitng Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/10/2011 - 08/10/2011.
  • How to Avoid Writing Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 07/27/2011 - 07/27/2011.
  • Expectations for the College Writer. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 03/10/2011 - 03/10/2011.
  • Good Writing Habits. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 02/24/2011 - 02/24/2011.
  • How to Avoid Writing Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 01/25/2011 - 01/25/2011.
  • Navagating the Waters of Academic Reading. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/18/2010 - 11/18/2010.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 11/10/2010 - 11/10/2010.
  • Evaluating L2 Writers. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 10/12/2010 - 10/12/2010.
  • Supporting the Arguments of Novice Writers. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 09/14/2010 - 09/14/2010.
  • Writing an Integrative Paper. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/28/2010 - 08/28/2010.
  • Graduate Student Writing. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/24/2010 - 08/24/2010.
  • Good Writing Habits for Nursing Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/24/2010 - 08/24/2010.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/21/2010 - 08/21/2010.
  • Writing Resources for Graduate Students. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/19/2010 - 08/29/2010.
  • Overcome your Writing Anxiety. Project Lead: Maureen Clark. 08/10/2010 - 08/10/2010.