Martha Dumas

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Practitioner in Residence

English Department
College of Arts and Sciences

M.A. English Language and Literature, Trinity College

B.A. Comparative Literature, William Smith College

About Martha

Professor Dumas regularly teaches Public Speaking & Group Discussion, Composition & Literature, and Composition, classes in which she strives to teach students writing and editing techniques and critical thinking strategies that can be applied across the disciplines and in real-life writing situations. Her work in previous semesters has included teaching Science Fiction, advising an honors thesis on speeches of First Ladies, grading writing assignments for online and traditional sections of Ethics and Diversity, teaching linked courses in the Learning Community program, and grading the university-wide Writing Proficiency Examination.

In 2009 and 2010, she taught creative writing workshops at the University of New Haven’s Science and Engineering Summer Institute for Young Women, a camp for seventh and eighth graders. She has served as a judge for the American Legion Oratorical Contest and National History Day, as well as for the Arts and Sciences Learning Communities e-Portfolio contest here at the University of New Haven. Dumas is also a writing tutor at the Center for Learning Resources, where she has presented workshops on writing technical memos, avoiding plagiarism, and preparing oral presentations. In addition to her work at the University of New Haven, she is a historic interpreter at the Mark Twain House and a book editor. During the summer she teaches writing at the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Yale University.

Courses Taught
  • ENGL 1105 Composition
  • ENGL 1110 Composition & Literature
  • ENGL 2230 Public Speaking & Group Discussion
  • ENGL 2281 Science Fiction
  • ENGL 5593 Honors Thesis (Advisor)
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