Dr. Patricia Dwyer

Associate Professor of English and Director for  Assessment of Student Learning 

American Literature 

Office: Byrd Center 212 
Phone: 304-876-5461 
E-Mail: pdwyer@shepherd.edu


Patricia Dwyer came to Shepherd College’s English department in 1993.   She received her Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, the graduate program associated with Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in American Literature from George Washington University in 1995.  Her dissertation explores American poet Elizabeth Bishop’s writing from the margins, and Bishop’s work has remained of keen interest;  Professsor Dwyer’s papers on Bishop’s poetry and prose have been presented in Worcester, Massachusetts; Nova Scotia, Canada; and Ouro Preto, Brazil.  Professor Dwyer has taught writing and American literature surveys as well as courses in Contemporary Poetry, American Ethnic Literature, and Poetry of the Americas   Her most recent course entitled Contemporary Literature explores issues of geography, dislocation, and homeland and will include discussions of postcolonial and postmodern literature.  Professor Dwyer is also the college’s Director for Assessment of Student Learning, an administrative position in which she facilitates departmental and program self-study and works with Academic and Student affairs to enhance student learning throughout campus. 

ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 204, ENGL 365