Nicole Varty (ay5755)

University information

Title: Associate Professor - Teaching
Unit: English
Department: College of Liberal Arts & Science

Contact information

5057 Woodward
English Department
Detroit, 48202

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Title: Associate Professor of Teaching
Secondary Title: Co-director, Composition Learning Community; Chair, Composition Mentoring Committee

9205.4, 5057 Woodward

Research interest(s)/area of expertise:

Rhetoric and Composition


An ecological model of writing, composition pedagogy and curriculum development, knowledge transfer, learning communities, assessment, rhetoric of religion

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications: PhD, Rhetoric and Composition [Wayne State University, 2016]
Awards and grants:

 2022 Academy of Teachers membership

2021 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2021 OVPR Arts and Humanities Grant: Anti-Racist Language Practices

2020 Humanities Center Working Group Grant: Linguistic Justice

2019 Assessment Program Grant: Composition Learning Community

2015 American Graduate Champion, Detroit Public Television

2013 Humanities Center Working Group Grant: Composition Learning Communities

2012 APEX Instructional Excellence Award, Wayne State University APEX Program

Selected publications:

“The (Missing) Human Part: Listening for Students’ Perceptions of the Value of Peer Mentors.” Learning Communities Research and Practice. 9.1 (2021). Co-authored with Adrienne Jankens, Haley Shier and Michelle Borkosh.

“A Question of Support: Assessing a Composition Learning Community for Student Learning and Academic Success.” Intersection: A Journal at the Intersection of Assessment and Learning. 2.4 (2021).

“Correlating What We Know: A Mixed Methods Study of Reflection and Writing in First-Year Writing Assessment.” Composition Forum. 47 (Fall 2021). Co-authored with Jeff Pruchnic, Ellen Barton, Sarah Primeau, Thomas Trimble and Tanina Foster Moore.

“The Effects of Student-Fashioning and Teacher-Pleasing in the Assessment of First-Year Writing Reflective Essays.” Journal of Writing Assessment. 14.1 (2021). Co-authored with Jeff Pruchnic, Ellen Barton, Thomas Trimble, Sarah Pimeau, Hillary Weiss and Tanina Foster Moore.

Nicole Varty

Courses taught by Nicole Varty

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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