As a member of the English faculty and Director of the Writing Center, Brenda Boyle is interested in American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a special focus on issues of rhetoric, race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Her research and publications extend from the study of American masculinity's formations in war, especially the Vietnam War, to representations of gender and sexuality through disability, to gender in The Gilmore Girls. She teaches classes in composition and rhetoric, British and American modernism, the contemporary novel, fiction and non-fiction war narratives, and academic writing.
When a student meets with Academic Support & Enrichment staff, our conversation does not focus only on academic classes or "study tips." Instead, we talk about how all aspects of a student's life are helping to shape his or her academic experience. Put differently, "when life gets in the way" of being a student, it's a safe place to talk out options and implications of managing the issue while balancing multiple commitments, an essential life skill. We support students as they develop their ability to set goals, manage competing priorities and self-advocate, so our conversations with students as well as faculty, colleagues and parents reflect the students' responsibility in developing and navigating their own educational goals.”