Rebecca Fremo


Professor in English

For most of my time here at Gustavus, they've simply called me "The Writing Person."  I teach courses with titles like The Writing Process, Writing Creative Nonfiction, and Writing and Nonprofits. I directed our Writing Center from 2000-2011 and the WAC Program  from 2000-2005.  If there's an initiative on campus related to writing, I'm probably involved in it.  I'm especially passionate about teaching and learning with multilingual students. My FTS, "Why Multi Matters," invites multilingual students to reflect on the relationship between cultural identity and language use in educational settings.  I'm also rather adventurous in my teaching.  This year I'm excited to pilot an interdisciplinary, project-based course that includes an FTS and a linked LARS/ NASP course: "Digging In: Considering Ecology and Community." About a week ago, I spent four hours in the field with students from this pilot learning about prairie plants and conservation.   I love a challenge, especially an interdisciplinary one.

I write poetry, creative nonfiction, and more traditional scholarship.  I write often about the relationship between writing teachers and the texts they read (not to mention the students they teach).  Two recent essays are "Assumptions, Theories, and Best Guesses: Rethinking the Teacher as Audience" (published in Minnesota English Journal in 2013), and "'You are a Reader and that's What I Need': Expectations of Proximity, Authority, and Enjoyment at a Liberal Arts College" (published in Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy in 2012).  Recently, I completed a manuscript titled What's Merely There to be Noticed, a collection of poems.  My chapbook of poems, Chasing Northern Lights, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.  My favorite genre is probably creative nonfiction, though, and I was excited to publish my first two pieces of CNF in two journals, Compose and Full Grown People. I've provided links to them below:


B.A. Virginia Tech; M.A. Virgina Tech; Ph.D. Ohio State University

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FTS-100FTS:Why Multi Matters142017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
ENG-212Academic Writing122015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
ENG-256Creative Nonfiction82017/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/SP
ENG-247Teaching Writing62016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
ENG-237Adolescent Literature62013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, and 2001/SP
ENG-399Senior Seminar42016/FA, 2011/SP, 2006/FA, and 2004/SP
ENG-397Methods and Materials of Secondary Education42007/JN, 2005/JN, 2002/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-268Career Exploration32006/JN, 2003/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-210Writing Process22018/SP and 2016/FA
ENG-244Special Topic: Tutoring Writing22011/SP and 2009/FA
ENG-102Literary Studies12018/SP
IDS-144ST:Digging In12017/SP
ENG-105Cross-Genre Narratives12013/JN
FTS-100First Term Seminar Lab12010/FA
ENG-114Art of Interpretation12009/SP
ENG-257Women's Hybrid Genres12003/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.