Department of English

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)

Programs / Master of Arts in Professional Writing: Meet the Faculty

Mary Lou Odom

Director,Writing Center
Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
English Building (EB 440), Room 238
Phone: 470-578-6795


Associate Professor

Director of the Writing Center

Coordinator of the MAPW Teaching Assistant Program

Teaching at Kennesaw State since 2004

Education: Ph.D., 2004, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Specializations: Writing Center/Writing Program Administration; Writing Teacher Pedagogy/Training; Literacy Studies

Courses Regularly Taught: PRWR 6300 (Understanding Writing as Process) PRWR 6500 (Teaching Writing in High School and College) PRWR 7900 (Practicum in Teaching Writing)

Most Recent or Most Important Publications: “The Power of One: Truth Amid Triumph in Women’s Literacy.” Review essay. College Composition and Communication. February, 2009. 49-62. “Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA.” Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Eds. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickly. Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2009. 93-106. (With Julie Nelson Christoph, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Bonnie K. Smith.) “Enacting Theory: The Practicum as the Site of Invention.” Don’t Call It That: The Composition Practicum. Ed. Sid Dobrin. Urbana: NCTE, 2005. 214-237. (With Michael Bernard-Donals and Stephanie Kerschbaum.)


Master of Arts in Professional Writing - Faculty