David Rosenwasser

Professor of English
Co-Director, the Writing Program

Tel: 484-664-3334
Fax: 484-664-3633
Office: Center for the Arts 245


  • 1973 BA, with honors English Literature, Grinnell College
  • 1977 MA, English Literature, University of Virginia
  • 1985 Ph.D, English Literature, University of Virginia

Select Awards, Publications and Presentations:

The Best 300 Professors by The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com (April 3, 2012)

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1998

Donald and Anne Shire Distinguished Teaching Professor, 1992-93.

"How Many Muhlenberg College Seniors Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?", presented the Last Lecture given during senior week, May 2012, at Muhlenberg College

Joseph Elliott, David Rosenwasser, and Jill Stephen, "Looking at Photographs: Stagersand Recorders", an Interview with Joseph Elliott, in Writing Analytically with Readings, (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2012)

"What Can You Do with a Major in the Humanities?", Liberal.EducationNation, a blog published on the site of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, June 25, 2010, http://blog.aacu.org/index.php/tag/humanities/

Writing Analytically (with Jill Stephen), eighth edition, (Cengage, 2019).

Writing Analytically with Readings (with Jill Stephen), third edition, (Cengage, 2019).

"Springsteen's Right Side: A Liberal Icon's Conservatism," with Christopher Borick at the Bruce Springsteen Symposium, West Long Branch, New Jersey, September 26, 2009

“A Kristevan Reading of the Marriage Plot in Jane Eyre.”
In Approaches to Teaching Bronte’s Jane Eyre (Modern Language Association, 1993).

“A Burning Castle, Folded Upon Itself”: The End(s) of the Word in Under the Volcano.” Essays in Literature (Fall 1990).

“Dueling Allusions in Edna O’Brien’s Wild Decembers,” presented at the 2004 Bloomsday 100 Conference, the Nineteenth International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, June, 2004.

“Writing Analytically with Students”—a presentation with Jill Stephen to the faculty of the Critical Reading and Writing Program at Ramapo College, February, 2015.

“Ducks & Rabbits”—a presentation with Jill Stephen to the Center for Innovative Pedagogy at Kenyon College, January, 2015. A different version of this talk was offered under the same title as a workshop to the Kenyon Writing Center.

“Letting Go: How to Get Students to Do More of the Thinking in Your Writing Courses”—a one-day workshop presented to the writing across the curriculum faculty at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, August, 2015

“Sharing the Tools: How to Think with Student Writers”—a three day workshop offered to the writing across the curriculum faculty at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, June 2015

“Perception of an Object:  Seeing Thinking in Student Writing,” a workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, October 2011 (with Jill Stephen).

“Reading, Writing, & Conversing in the Classroom,”  a workshop at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2011 (with Jill Stephen).

“Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum” (with Jill Stephen), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2008

“Reading the MCATs: Literature Meets the Natural Sciences,” presented (with Jill Stephen), at CCCC (College Composition and Communication Conference), March, 1998.

“Teaching Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy,” presented at the Modern Language Association Convention in San Diego, December, 1994.


David Rosenwasser’s primary fields are Rhetoric & Composition, Irish Literature and British Fiction. He also teaches courses in The Nature of Narrative, European Novel in Translation, Theory and Methods of English Studies and Writing Theory (a training course for Writing Center tutors). Recent senior seminar topics include Contemporary Irish Drama: Surfing the Third Wave and Irish Short Fiction after Joyce: Trevor, McGahern, & Edna O’Brien. Recent first-year seminars include Alice & Beyond: Alice in Wonderland and Its Afterlife as Cultural Myth and Laughing to Death: Comedy and Menace in Contemporary Drama.