Master of Arts in Professional Writing at Kennesaw State University


Mary Lou Odom

Director,Writing Center
Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office: English Building (EB 27), Room 238
Phone: 470-578-6795
Fax: 470-578-9057


Associate Professor

Director of the Writing Center

Coordinator of the MAPW Teaching Assistant Program

Teaching at Kennesaw State since 2004

Education: Ph.D., 2004, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Specializations: Writing Center/Writing Program Administration; Writing Teacher Pedagogy/Training; Literacy Studies

Courses Regularly Taught: PRWR 6300 (Understanding Writing as Process) PRWR 6500 (Teaching Writing in High School and College) PRWR 7900 (Practicum in Teaching Writing)

Most Recent or Most Important Publications: “The Power of One: Truth Amid Triumph in Women’s Literacy.” Review essay. College Composition and Communication. February, 2009. 49-62. “Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA.” Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Eds. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickly. Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2009. 93-106. (With Julie Nelson Christoph, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Bonnie K. Smith.) “Enacting Theory: The Practicum as the Site of Invention.” Don’t Call It That: The Composition Practicum. Ed. Sid Dobrin. Urbana: NCTE, 2005. 214-237. (With Michael Bernard-Donals and Stephanie Kerschbaum.)


Program Members

Brennen, Terri
Figueiredo, Sergio
Giddens, Elizabeth
Grooms, Tony
Guglielmo, Letizia
Harper, M. Todd
Johnson, David
Levy, Aaron
McGrath, Laura
Niemann, Linda
Odom, Mary Lou
Palmer, Chris
Smith-Sitton, Lara
Sumner, Melanie
Wilson, Ralph