Faculty Spotlight: Emily Wierszewski, assistant professor of English

Courtesy of Dr. Emily Wierszewski

Dr. Dubski's favorite food is Thai summer rolls and she loves the color green. She is the proud owner of two cats, Dracula and Roxas.

Emily Wierszewski, also known as “Dr. Dubski” by her students, has been teaching at Seton Hill University (SHU) as an assistant professor of English and Composition for almost two years.

“I love it here at SHU. The students are fantastic—they’re smart and so fun to work with. It’s really rewarding, too, to be able to see former students in the halls and catch up with them,” said Wierszewski.

“My favorite class [so far] has been Writing for the Internet, perhaps not surprisingly since this is where my professional interest and expertise lies. It was great to see students’ thoughtfulness about and comfort with technology grow over the term,” said Wierszewski. “I also love this class because it’s something that changes all the time—when I teach it again, it will probably be completely different.”

“When I went on the job market [and] I was invited for a campus visit, I knew this was the place I wanted to work. All of the faculty, staff and students were so friendly and invested in their work,” she said.

Seton Hill reminds Wierszewski of Adrian College, a small Methodist liberal arts school located in Adrian, Mi., where she completed her bachelors degree in English/Writing. “I had a wonderful education there and was able to connect and work with faculty there in ways my friends at state schools couldn’t,” said Wierszewski, when asked why she chose SHU.

While attending Adrian College, she wrote poetry and worked as the editor of the college’s literary magazine for three years. Wierszewski went straight from undergraduate to Eastern Michigan University where she taught and earned her Master of Arts in English and written communications.

Wierszewski went on to get her doctorate degree in literacy, rhetoric and social practice at Kent State University. She completed her dissertation, titled “A Readerly Eye: Teachers Reading Student Multimodal Texts,” in the summer of 2010, only a few weeks before starting at SHU.

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