Dr. Michele Polak

Assistant Professor & Director, Composition Program

4545 College Road  •  South Euclid, OH  44121

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Assistant Professor, Fall 2015-present

Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH

EN100: College Composition I, 2 sections, course website:  fall 2015, fall 2016

EN101: College Composition II, 2 sections, course website:  fall 2015, spring 2016, spring 2017

EN110: Advanced Composition: Expository Writing, 3 sections, course website:  fall 2015, spring 2016, fall 2016

EN215: Argument & Rhetoric, 1 section, course website: fall 2106, spring 2017

EN382: Women Writers, 1 section, course website: spring 2016


  1. Independent Study

  2. EN491: Independent Study, Reading & Writing Contemporary Women’s Issues, Spring 2017


Assistant Professor, Fall 2012-Spring 2015

Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ

ENG1000: College English, 6 sections, course websites:  fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2013, fall 2014

ENG1001: Composition & Rhetoric, 7 sections, course websites:  fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2013, fall 2014, spring 2015

ENG1001A:  Composition & Rhetoric, 2 sections; Summer Culture and Language Program, course websites:  summer 2013, summer 2014

ENG2012: Advanced Composition, 1 section; Theme: The Manifesto, course website:  spring 2014

ENG2012: Advanced Composition, 1 section; Theme: Argument Through Fictional Narrative, course website:  fall 2012

ENG3003:  Children’s Literature, 1 section, course website:  spring 2014

ENG3099: Special Topics: Reading & Writing Contemporary Girl Culture, 1 section, course website:  spring 2013


  1. Internship Advisor

  2. ENG4000: Internship, Hearst Digital Design Group, Summer 2014


  3. Independent Study

  4. GIND693: Independent Study, Dexter and the Dark Passenger: A Rhetorical and Psychological Analysis, Summer 2013

  5. IND4003: Independent Study, The Environmental Effect on Lesbian Characters in Literature, Summer 2013


Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2008-Spring 2012

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

WRRH100: Writer’s Seminar I, 3 sections; Theme: Beyond Words: Multimodal Text Analysis, course websites:  spring 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011

WRRH100:  Writer’s Seminar I, 1 section; Theme: Responding to Digital Media and New Technologies, course blog:  fall 2009

  1. Linked with First-Year Seminar, Saying Yes, Saying No: Drugs, Relationships and Education, Dr. Kimberly Williams

WRRH100:  Writer’s Seminar I, 3 sections; Theme:  Critical Response to American Popular Culture, course blogs:  fall 2008, spring 2009

WRRH200:  Writer’s Seminar II, 3 sections, course websites:  fall 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011

WRRH200:  Writer’s Seminar II, 1 section; Theme:  Argument through Fictional Narrative, course website:  spring 2012

WRRH205: Rhetorical Bytes: Digital Rhetorics and Writing with New Technologies, 3 sections, course websites:  spring 2010, spring 2012

  1. Self-designed advanced composition course for major

WRRH221: He Says/She Says: Language and Gender, 2 sections, course website:  fall 2010

WRRH311/511: Rhetorics of Feminist Activism, 1 section, course website:  spring 2012

  1. Self-designed advanced composition course for major

WRH322: Adolescent Literature, 3 sections, course websites:  spring 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011

WMST100: Introduction to Women’s Studies, 2 sections, course blog:  fall 2009


  1. Honor’s Project Director

  2. Garcia:  $wagonomics:  The Financial Literacy Empowerment Electronic Textbook, May 2012


  3. Honor’s Field Examiner

  4. Dighton:  Cyra de Berg: A Young Adult Novel, May 2012

  5. Levenstein:  amaZINE women: An Informative Online Zine about Young Women’s Health and Guidance for Healthful Living, May 2012

  6. Myers:  With A Touch of Make-Up, Africana Womanism: A Case Study of Miriam Makeba, May 2012

  7. Stevens:  FitFluence: A Diet and Fitness Website, May 2012  exam project link

  8. Jenkins: The Dark Fate: Book One of The Dark Awakening Trilogy, May 2011

  9. Havener:  Food Poor, Poor Food: Three Voices of the National School Lunch Program, May 2011

  10. Anatole:  Media by the Minute:  An Entertainment News Site About Trends, Technology & Society, May 2011  exam project link

  11. Nimon:  Hybrid Literacy: Tiny Adventures and the Road Less Traveled, May 2010

  12. Canavan:  A Friend, Indeed: A Teenager’s Guide to Facing Serious Illness in Friends and Peers, May 2010

  13. Ryan:  Reading to Learn, Learning to Read: An Interdisciplinary Model for Education in Response to the No Child Left Behind Act, May 2009

  14. Stascavege:  Running Head: Analysis of Power, May 2009


  15. Independent Study

  16. WRRH450/650: Independent Study, 2 sections; Holocaust Literature (Adolescent)  study blogs:  summer 2011; spring 2012

  17. MDSC 450: Independent Study, Media’s Influence on Female Development, Spring 2012

  18. WMST450: Independent Study, From G-girls to G-Fems:  Teaching Young Girls About Feminism Through Popular Culture, Spring 2012

  19. SJSP450: Independent Study, An Exploration of Feminist Activism on the HWS Campus, Spring 2012

  20. WRRH450: Independent Study, Rhetorics of Feminist Activism, Fall 2011 study blog

  21. WRRH450: Independent Study, WRRH100:  Writer’s Seminar I, Service Learning, Spring 2011

  22. MDSC450: Independent Study, Feminist Film Analysis, Spring 2011

  23. WRRH450: Independent Study, Women in Leadership: The Balancing Act of Femininity and Feminism, Fall 2010

  24. MDSC450: Independent Study, Imaging in Practice, Spring 2010

  25. WRRH450: Independent Study, The Breakthrough Book, Summer 2010


Visiting Instructor, Fall 2006-Spring 2008

Miami University, Oxford, OH

ENG111: College Composition, 5 sections

ENG112: Composition and Literature, 4 sections; Theme:  Gender and Community

WMS201: Introduction to Women’s Studies, 1 section


Graduate Teaching Associate, Fall 2002-Spring 2006

Miami University, Oxford, OH

ENG111: College Composition, 3 sections

ENG112: Composition and Literature, 2 sections; Theme: Gender and Community

ENG112: Composition and Literature, 4 sections; Theme:  Gender and Cultural Violence

WMS201: Introduction to Women’s Studies, 2 sections


Writing Center Tutor, Spring 2002

Ohio University, Athens, OH


Instructor, Fall 2001-Summer 2002

Ohio University, Athens, OH

ENG151: Writing and Rhetoric I, 4 sections

ENG305J: Technical Writing, 1 section

ENG306J: Women and Writing, 1 Section; Theme:  Girl Culture

  1. Self-designed advanced composition course


Graduate Teaching Associate, Fall 1999-Summer 2001

Ohio University, Athens, OH

ENG151: Writing and Rhetoric I, 3 sections

  1. Self-designed first-year composition course

ENG305J: Technical Writing, 5 sections


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2001

Ohio University, Athens, OH

ENG200: Introduction to Literature, 2 sections merged


ESOL Tutor, New Tutor Trainer, 1990-1997

Project: LEARN, Cleveland, OH

ESOL tutor for non-profit community literacy center: 

  1. Low level to conversational English included reading, writing, phonetics, and survival English skills. 

  2. Team trainer involved in nine yearly workshops:  New tutor orientation and training in literacy center teaching philosophies.


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