Cynthia Mahaffey


Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-9687
Address: 434 East Hall

Anyone who teaches first-year college students the skills and competencies of writing year after year knows that to teach with passion, grace, and joy requires us to love our students and to love teaching.  My teaching is informed by scholarship, long years of teaching practice and collaboration with gifted teaching colleagues.  But I also want to say here that when I go every day into the composition classroom, that I also want to offer my heart to my students.  I do this by teaching with joy, conveying that I know they are capable of great progress in their critical thinking and writing as they move into the tasks of academic writing and that they are capable of great writing.


(2008). Wearing the rainbow triangle: The effect of out lesbian teachers and lesbian teacher subjectivities on student writing in the first year composition classroom. Saarbrücken, Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller

(2008). How to grade less and have a life. DVD. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University. Videotaped presentation available online for GradStep credit and viewing by BGSU community.

(2005). With S. Meade. A virtual dialogue on feminist mentoring. In Women Writers, special issue, Lit Candles: Feminist Mentoring and the Text.

(2004). Wearing the rainbow triangle:  The effect of out lesbian teacher subjectivities on student choice of topic, student writing, and student subjectivities in the first-year composition classroom. Doctoral diss. Bowling Green State University. Available through OhioLink

(2000). Breaking down the playground gates: A cultural studies composition course on the world of work.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Michigan College Education Association (Oct. 2000). Available through OhioLink

(2000). Critiques of writing across the curriculum: Current and alternate ideologies.  Paper presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference (Vermilion, South Dakota, Feb. 26-27, 2000), 24 pages. Available through ERIC

(1999). The rhetoric of coming out and its effect on lesbian and gay teachers: Gay identity politics in the public sphere and in private lives: An annotated bibliography. Available through OhioLink

(1999). A history of empowerment and critical pedagogies. Available through ERIC

(1999). "I Sing for I Cannot Be Silent": The feminization of American hymnody, 1970-1920"--a book review.

(1998). Finding new tools, building a new house: An introduction and selected bibliography of the history of women's rhetoric. Available through ERIC

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (September 1998). Review of Academic Advancement in Composition Studies: Scholarship, Publication, Promotion, Tenure (Richard C. Gebhardt and Barbara Genelle Smith Gebhardt), Writing for Academic Publication: A Guide to Getting Started (Frank Parker and Kathryn Riley), and Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition (Gary Olson and Todd Taylor), for Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (1993). Autobiographical writing. Grand River Guide for Writers, Autobiographical writing., Also wrote introductions to, and edited, my students' essays.

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (1984-1977), Book reviews, Children's literature, women's studies and gardening books for Provident Book Finder, Scottdale, PA.

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (Spring 1988). True Mother, poem, Grand Rapids College Review 1:1.  Grand Rapids, MI: Grand Rapids Community College.

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (1976). Greenleaf, Sky Scatterer, Tell: Can You, Vandalism, poems, Genesis, Alamosa, CO: Adams State College.

Simpson (Mahaffey), C. (December 1972).  Poetry Anthology of California State Colleges, Fullerton, CA: Jay Elliott and Associates.


Individual presenter, “Counting the homeless: Student service learning, collaboration and writing social concern in the first-year composition classroom.” 6th Annual Ohio First-Year Summit, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, October 13, 2006

Panel presenter, "The material conditions of women doctoral candidates in traditionally masculinist disciplines in the university."  Feminisms and Rhetoric Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, October 2003.

Presenter, "How GLBT students problematize and are problematized by university learning communities." Beyond 2001: The Odyssey of Inclusion, Annual Learning Communities Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2001.

Presenter, "Alternative approaches to composition classes in learning communities," as part of a panel by the Chapman Learning Community, Beyond 2001: The Odyssey of Inclusion, Annual Learning Communities Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2001.

Presenter, "Power, authority, and "border patrol" in academic disciplines: Lesbian, gay and "Other" critiques of Writing across the Curriculum Programs," as part of a panel on "Pedagogy, Gender and Authority," Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, November 2001.

Presenter, "The possibilities of women's studies work in the traditional field of rhetoric," as part of a panel of BGSU women's PhD candidates, National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 2001.

Presenter, "Opening research to "borderlands" inquiry: How can first-year composition teachers use research essay assignments which meet university outcomes and open geographical space for gay, lesbian, AND straight student on GLBT issues, concerns and research questions?"  Fifth Annual Teaching of Writing Colloquia, Kent State University-Stark Campus, Canton, OH, April 2001.

Individual panel presenter, "Creating safe space for queer and straight student subject positions for queer and straight students, teachers, and writing," National Council of Teachers of English National Conference,  Milwaukee, WI,  November 17, 2000.

Individual presenter, "Coming out in the composition classroom," College Composition and Communication Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2000.

Individual presenter, "Critiques of writing across the curriculum: Current and alternate ideologies." The Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing, The University of South Dakota, Vermilion, South Dakota, February 2000.

Individual presenter, "Making composition work: Overcoming student resistance to the first-year composition course," Michigan College English Association 2000 conference, October 2000, Kalamazoo, MI.