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Dr. Susan Fay
Professor Emerita of English

Academic Credentials

B.A., Fordham University
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph. D., The George Washington University
Teaching Areas:
  • American literature
  • Mark Twain
  • Literary theory
Research Interests:
  • 19th-century authorship, reading, and publishing
  • literary tourism
  • writing pedagogy
  • the uses of technology in teaching
Dr. Susan Fay retired from full-time teaching in 2011, but maintains an active role with Marymount's Department of English.
She joined Marymount’s English faculty in 1980. During her tenure, she served as writing specialist in the University’s Learning Resource Center and as chair of the Department of Literature and Languages. 

Her research interests include 19th-century authorship, reading, and publishing; literary tourism; writing pedagogy, and the uses of technology in teaching. Her research on 19th-century American literature examines the development of literary reputation and the cultural, economic, and literary environment affecting a writer’s status.

Dr. Fay taught courses in American literature, 19th-century bestsellers, Mark Twain, the American Dream, and Literary Theory. She also taught writing from the developmental through advanced levels and has developed courses in Writing Theory and Practice and Writing Biography. Now, she is a guest lecturer in American literature and composition courses.
She also offers consultation and support for the department's blog and the department's intiatives on technology and teaching. Dr. Fay also serves as a secondary reader for theses and projects in early American literature.