Susan Carlton


Dr. Susan Carlton

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-0574
Address: 341 East Hall

I hope to help students to become good rewriters rather than good writers. Fill those wastebaskets and virtual recycling bins! Tinker with those words till you feel that they (their, they’re, there???) are right. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” So said Mark Twain (whom we remember fondly by the name he penned for himself rather than his given name). What is true for words is also true for commas. The same deadly lightning bolt applies to seemingly harmless punctuation marks as proved by this popular example:

·       A woman, without her man, is nothing.

·       A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Susan Carlton has a B.A. in English from BGSU, and a Masters Degree and Ph.D., also in English, from the University of Michigan.  Before joining the GSW Full-Time teaching staff in 2000 she was a lecturer at the University of Michigan where she taught writing for many years.


Chair of session. "Rewriting Histories and Institutional Practices. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, March 22, 2014. 

"Priming Your Canvas Course: A GSW Professional Development Session." Co-presented with Michael Kudela, Instructional Designer, Center for Faculty Excellence. December 3, 2013 025 Hayes Hall. 

"Partnering Purposefully: Advocacy in the First Year Writing Course." Session Title:  Beyond the classroom: faculty, students & community organizations connecting via writing.  Building Bridges: Extending the Work of Composition Beyond the Classroom. The Fifth Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  February 15-16, 2013.

“Speaking with Silent Witnesses against Domestic Violence: Contesting Rhetorical Agency in the First-Year Composition Class.”  Presented as part of the session Making Space for Service-Learning Projects within a Portfolio-Based Writing Program.  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, April 7-9, 2011.

“Voices Against Domestic Violence: Partnerships for Public Engagement in a General Studies Writing Class.”  Faculty Focus Series: Office of Service-Learning Event.  October 19, 2010, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Chair of Session, “Computers in Composition Courses and Programs.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, March 14, 2009.

“Faculty Learning Communities: Contextual Teaching and Engaged Learning.”  Presented at the College English Association of Ohio Spring Conference as one of three panelists on the “Professional Support and Program Interpretations” session.  Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus OH, April 25, 2008.

“Online Resources for Teaching Developmental Writing,” A Forum on Composition.  Forum organized by General Studies Writing and Mid-American Review, Bowen-Thompson Student Union, November 9, 2006.

“Balancing Acts for Junior Faculty: Cross-Pollination and the Power of Positive Peer Pressure” organized by  Dan Madigan, CTLT, and chaired by Andrew Hershberger, Art History, BGSU.  Panel participant.  The 2nd Annual International Conference on Faculty Learning Communities, Miami University, Oxford OH, June 18, 2004.

“Using Blackboard to Extend the Classroom,” Development Session for GSW Instructors, February 18, 2003.