Integrated Search Menu

Sarah Dean

Profile photo
Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography: 

Dr. Sarah Dean currently teaches as an Instructor in the Department of English. When she worked towards the completion of her undergraduate degree, she was interest in exploring two areas of literature and history that continues to have a huge influence on modern thought: African American and the Holocaust. These interests continued as she completed a Master's degree with a focus on African American Women's Literature and a Doctorate that explored intergenerational U.S. responses to the Holocaust.

This interest in studying influences on modern thought also led to her study and teaching of rhetoric and composition. As a Business Writing teacher, she explores the ways in which communication in business relies on visual/aesthetic choices that work in tandem with the writing choices in the documents. By focusing on audience, business writers can write effective documents that communicate quickly. Understanding the choices that form the foundation for that communication allows the best writers to constantly adjust their message, thus enhancing the overall effectiveness and impact of their messages.

Dr. Dean has also worked on developing various courses. In the 2015-16, she participated in ASU's ProMod, created from a grant awarded to ASU from the U.S. Department of Education. In the Fall of 2015, she collaborated with the Herberger Dance, Theater, and Media; in the Spring of 2016, she worked with Exploratory.

Education: 

Doctoral of Philosophy, English, with emphasis in American Literature                                 2012

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

  • Dissertation: “Intergenerational Narratives: American Responses to the Holocaust”
  • Committee Members: David William Foster (chair), Angelita Reyes, Claudia Sadowski-Smith
  • Passed without Revision

Masters of Arts, Department of English—Literature                                                               2002

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

  • Thesis: “Performing Repression and Reclaiming the Erotic: Black Female Heterosexuality in Pauline Hopkins’ Contending Forces and Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones”

Bachelor of Arts, English.  Magna Cum Laude Honors in English.                                         1999

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Minor: History (WWII concentration)
Research Interests: 

Intergenerational Responses to the Holocaust (Holocaust literature and film in general), Rhetoric and Composition, Business Writing, African American Women's Lieterature

Research Activity: 
  • Presenter, CCCC: “Potentially Moving from Margin to Center: A Report on Arizona State University Writing Programs’ ProMod Interdisciplinary Collaborations” (April 2016)
  • Presenter, Modern Language Association: “Remixing English to Represent Trauma and Identity” (January 2012)
  • Panel Moderator/chair, Modern Language Association, Present-Day English Panel (Jan. 2011)
  • Presenter, Southwest Popular Culture conference:Changing the Message: Adapting Foer’s Everything is Illuminated from Text into Film” (February 2010)
  • Presenter, Writing Programs Administration (group presentation): “Interdisciplinary Diversity in the Urban University: A New Model for Writing Mentors” (July 2007)
  • Presenter, Modern Language Association: “Performing Repression, Reclaiming the Erotic: Discourses on Black Female Heterosexuality” (December 2006).
  • Presenter, Southwest Graduate Symposium at Arizona State University: “In Telling Your Story, I am Speaking Mine: The Transitions between Autobiography and Biography in Art Spiegelman’s Maus I & II” (April 2006).
  • Presenter, Cultural Studies Association: “The Good War…On Terror: The Use of WWII Rhetoric in the War on Iraq” (April 2005).
  • Presenter, Southwest Symposium at Arizona State University: “Narrative Strategies in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (March 2000).
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
Presentations: 
  • Presenter, CCCC: “Potentially Moving from Margin to Center: A Report on Arizona State University Writing Programs’ ProMod Interdisciplinary Collaborations” (April 2016)
  • Presenter, Writing Programs Administration (group presentation): “Interdisciplinary Diversity in the Urban University: A New Model for Writing Mentors” (July 2007)
Industry Positions: 

MLA Executive Committee member, Present Day English panel, Dec 2006-2012