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Skidmore College
English Department
Michael Marx

Michael Marx

Associate Professor
Director, Expository Writing

A.B., Columbia University
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Office: Palamountain 320
Phone: (518) 580-5173

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Nature writing and environmental literature
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Writing and technology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Courses Taught:

  • SSP 100: Human Dilemmas
  • SSP 100: Can Literature Save the Environment?
  • EN 103: Writing Seminar I
  • EN 105: Writing Technology
  • EN 105: News Literacy
  • EN 105H: Sustaining the Future
  • EN 201: Evolving Canon I
  • EN 205: Writing Hypertext
  • EN 213: Poetry
  • EN 229: Literature and the Environment
  • EN 230: Bible as literature
  • EN 375: Ecocriticism

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Cultural Diversity in the Teaching of Environmental Studies, Lunch Roundtable (co-convener).  Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2012 conference. Santa Clara, CA.
  • Bringing Diversity to Environmental Studies Programs (session organizer). Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2012 conference.  Santa Clara, CA.
  • The Pedagogy of Place:  Literature for the North Woods. In the Session “The Pedagogy of Place:  Seeing the Forest for More than the Trees.” Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2011 conference.  Burlington, VT.
  • AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.  Burlington, VT
    Skidmore Team member.  June 2011.
  • Georgetown University Teagle Foundation "Fresh Thinking" Grant Working Group. "Defining Social Pedagogies and Their Relevance to Liberal Education."  2007-2009.
  • New York Council for the Humanities "Reading Between the Lines: Into the American Wilderness."  Scholar-Facilitator.  Crandall Public Library, Glens Fall, NY.  Spring 2008.
  • Carnegie Scholar.  Carnegie Academy for the Advancement of the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning, 2003-2004.
  • "Disciplining the Minds of Students: The Study of English." Change The Magazine of Higher Learning.  March/April 2005. 40-42.  [One of three profiles of academic disciplines including Psychology (by Daniel Bernstein) and Biology (by Harvey Bender). 36-43.]
  • "Bringing Tutorials to a Close: Counseling's Termination Process and The Writing Tutorial." The Writing Center Journal (Spring 1991).     
  • "Distant Writers, Distant Critics, and Close Readings: Linking Composition Classes Through A Peer Critiquing Network." Computers and Composition (November 1990).

In addition to the teaching and research interests outlined above, I have also served in many administrative positions at Skidmore College, including the Coordinator for Liberal Studies I: The Human Experience, the Director of the Writing Center, the Director of Expository Writing, the chair of the College Curriculum Committee, and currently, the chair of the Self-Determined Majors Subcommittee.