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Gillian Paku

Associate Professor of English
Welles 218B
585-245-5272
paku@geneseo.edu

Gillian Paku received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and began teaching at SUNY Geneseo in 2008. She teaches courses primarily in 18th-century literature and literary disability studies, and has recently published articles for Oxford University Press Handbooks Online and Eighteenth-Century Life. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, the 2012-2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Course Design Prize, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Community Contribution Award in 2011, and a Folger Institute / American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship in 2008.

Paku is the co-coordinator of Geneseo’s First-Year Critical Writing and Thinking Program, INTD 105. She is the director of the Geneseo Writing Learning Center as well as the faculty sponsor for Geneseo’s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.

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Classes

  • ENGL 467: Top Modern Lit:Epistolarity

    A course focused on a narrowly-defined topic, theme, issue, question, approach, scholarly debate, movement, or group of authors in 1700-1900 literature. In addition to helping students to acquire in-depth understanding of the literature, the course stresses the ability to ?join the conversation? that is always ongoing among critics and scholars regarding texts, authors, and topics by engaging with secondary sources. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: ENGL 203. Credits 4(4-0)

  • INTD 106: Conventions of College Writing

    An online companion to INTD 105, this self-directed course introduces first-year students to the principles of standard English in a format that allows them to proceed at their own pace through the material and to understand themselves as active participants in their own learning. The course's content describes directly the key rhetorical and academic concepts that shape successful college writing, establishing skills that are then applied to critical writing and thinking within INTD 105. Includes information and suggestions about online learning, and contextualizes effective writing skills as foundational to a public liberal arts education. S/U grading. Co-requisite: INTD 105 or permission of instructor. Credits 1(1-0)

  • INTD 306: Writing Learning Ctr Training

    Advanced study of the practice and politics of writing and composition, and of tutoring approaches to promote student-centered learning. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; participants have been hired as incoming WLC tutors. S/U grading Credits: 1(0-2). Offered every fall semester.