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Mary Beth Pennington

Mary Beth Pennington


Master Lecturer and Director of Writing Placement and Support
English Department

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Education/Credentials



  • Expertise

    English/Grammar
    Rhetoric and Composition
  • Research Interests

    rhetoric of Appalachian activism, disciplinary evolution of rhetoric and composition, online writing courses, the essay
  • 2015: Nominated by colleague for Old Dominion University’s New Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2015: Shining Star Teaching Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: Shining Star Teaching Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2013: Nominated by department head for VMI’s 2013 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, Virginia Military Institute
  • 2011: Jessie Ball DuPont Summer Seminar for Liberal Arts College Faculty 2011 Participant, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • 2009: Graduate Student Essay Award for “The Persistence of Country: An Ethnographic Study and Reflection on Being Rural and Academic”, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2005: Oleta Norman Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2004: Knobler Graduate Scholar Award, Virginia Tech University
  • 2004: Phi Beta Kappa, Virginia Tech University
  • 2004: Phi Kappa Phi, Virginia Tech University
  • 2004: Richard Hoffman GTA Teaching Award, Virginia Tech University
  • 2000: Graduated Commonwealth Scholar, Virginia Tech University
  • 2000: Graduated magna cum laude, Virginia Tech University
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Pennington, M. "Recipient of VMI Undergraduate Research Initiative’s Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Grant" $1,000. 2011 - 2011