Current Happenings 

2/5/15:  Prof. Neil Connelly will read from his new novel, A Pocket Guide to Divorce, 3:30pm, DHC 151.

2/26/15:  Dr. Nicole Santalucia will present a poetry reading, 3:30 pm, location tba.

3/31/15: Maria Gillen, Director of Creative Writing at Binghamton University, will present the Taggart Series poetry reading.  (details tba)

4/9/15:  Dr. Michael Bibby will present his new research, "'The Disinterested and the Fine': New Negro Renaissance Poetry and the Racial Formation of Modernist Studies."  3:30pm, DHC 051

All events are free and open to all! 

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Contact Information

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Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA  17257
Phone: 717. 477.1495
Fax: 717.477.4020

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Laurie JC Cella

Assistant Professor of English

Director of Composition

Office: DHC 005
Phone:  477.1204 


BA, SUNY Geneseo, 1996

PhD, University of Connecticut, 2007  



Research/Teaching Interests:

I teach a wide variety of classes: Composition (WIFYS), Women's Literature, American Literature, and Technical/Professional Writing.  Most of my writing classes have a service-learning focus.  As Composition Director, I oversee the Composition program, and mentor the English department's AmeriCorps Vista, Jayda Coons.  Jayda keeps a blog describing her experiences coordinating service-learning opportunities as the English dept Community Fellow:


Selected Publications:


 I am currently co-editing a book with Jessica Restaino titled Unsustainable: Owning Our Best, Short-Lived Efforts at Community Writing Work, under contract with Lexington Press.  This collection focuses on issues of sustainability in the field of service-learning and features essays by Ellen Cushman, Paula Mathieu, Tom Deans, Eleanor Long, and Mike Donnelly, with an afterward by Eli Goldblatt. 


"Demeter on Strike: Fierce Motherhood on the Picket Line and the Playground." Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Practice.  Editors Andrea O'Reilly and Lynn Hallstein.  Association for Research on Mothering.  York University, Toronto, Canada.  Forthcoming, Spring 2012.

"Oral Histories as Community Outreach: Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Rural Public Sphere." Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. Eds. Paula Mathieu, Steve Parks, and Tiffany Rousculp.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 2011. 

 "Re-assessing Sustainability: Leveraging Marginal Power for Service-Learning Programs."  Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service-Learning. Fall 2010.

“Radical Romance in the Piedmont: Olive Tilford Dargan’s Gastonia Novels.”  Southern Literary Journal. Spring 2007. 39:2. 37-57.

“Narrative ‘Confidence Games’: Framing the Blonde Spectacle in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) and Nights of the Circus (1984).” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Winter 2005. 47-62.    

 Editorial Experience  

Co-editor, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 

Assistant Editor, Twentieth Century American Drama: Critical Concepts and Cultural Studies. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.

 Book Reviews  

Sheridan-Rabideau, Mary P.  Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies. Albany: State University of New York Press. 2008.  Forthcoming in Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy.  Fall/Winter 2008.

Ben Rafoth, ed.  A Tutor’s Guide: Helping Writers One to One. Portsmouth, NH: Hienmann. 2005. Writing Lab Newsletter. April 2006. 12.

Ben Rafoth & Shanti Bruce, eds. ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors. Portsmouth, NH: Heinmann. 2004. Writing Lab Newsletter. June 2004. 8-9.

Nancy McCabe, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2003.  In Multicultural Review. 2004. 66-67.