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English Department Faculty: Laurie McMillan

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., Duquesene University
M.A., Duquesene University
B.A., Brandeis University

Dr. Laurie McMillan grew up outside of Boston and attended Brandeis University, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Elementary Education (1991). After teaching at the elementary level for a few years, Laurie moved to the Pittsburgh area to attend Duquesne University, earning her M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) in English Literature as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies (2004). Her areas of specialization include feminist writing and rhetoric, composition studies, and twentieth-century American Literature.

Laurie joined the Marywood English Department in 2005. In addition to enjoying teaching, Laurie contributes actively to campus life and spends time presenting and publishing on topics that range from student learning to YouTube gender trends. You may also occasionally catch Laurie calling out her office window, doing a Superman impression, or starting class with a corny joke or two.

When she's not working, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, socializing, dancing, and reading (of course!).

To find out more about Laurie McMillan’s interests and publications, please visit her professional Website or one of her blogs: Laurie Mac Reads (her random meanderings on everyday life) or WinkyFace Margin Notes (where she and Dr. Lindsey Wotanis chronicle their composing process as they develop their WinkyFace YouTube channel).

Recent Publications

“Performing Gender on YouTube: How Jenna Marbles Negotiates a Hostile Online Environment,” with Lindsey Wotanis in Feminist Media Studies (Forthcoming).


“Higher Order Thinking and Civic Engagement: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Journalism,” with Kimberly Pavlick in Radical Pedagogy 10.1 (Winter 2013).


“Informal Local Research Aids Student and Faculty Learning,” in Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly on the Web. 33. 1 (Fall 2012).


“Student Write to Students about Writing.” Teaching Writing with Student Texts. Ed. Chuck Paine, Joseph Harris, and John Miles. Utah State U P, (March 2011




  • Writing Skills
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Feminist Writing & Rhetoric
  • Writing & Cultural Studies
  • Composition: Theory & Practice
  • Creative Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Poetry
  • American Short Fiction

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

Recommended by:
Jess Romano

For more information, contact us at or (570) 348-6219 Office Location-LAC 217.