Sarah Singer


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Sarah Singer is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Drawing on her experiences as a patient and peer health educator, Sarah's research focuses on chronic illness in the medical and public spheres. Sarah's dissertation, tentatively titled, “A Cure for Lyme Disease: Rhetorics of Patient Empowerment,” examines how different stakeholders adopt the language of patient empowerment to make claims about the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from Lyme Disease. For more information about her background and teaching philosophy, please see her personal website

Selected Publications:

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • "Medical Narratives--Cultivating Stories, Voices, Selves, Knowledge, Action." Roundtable. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. March 2017.
  • "Lyme Disease Epistemologies: Knowing Through Stories." Panel Discussion. HHEX: Health and Humanities Exchange Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. November 2016. 
  • "Writing Diabetes: The Composition and Rhetoric of Illness Essays." Panel Discussion. The Examined Life Conference. Iowa City, IA. October 2016.
  • "Teaching with Technology: A Conversation Starter." Roundtable. Council of Writing Program Administrators' 2016 Conference. Raleigh, NC. July 2016. 

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL105 (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
  • ENGL105i: Writing in Health and Medicine (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ENGL304: Advanced Business Writing (Co-Instructor - Fall 2016)
  • WMST101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Teaching Assistant - Spring 2015)

Teaching Awards

Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2017)

Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2016)




B.A. University of Maryland, magna cum laude, 2013.