Charlee Sterling

Assistant ProfessorWriting

Charlee Sterling earned her PhD in English and American Literature from New York University in 2003 and currently teaches writing and literature at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Charlee’s scholarly focus includes writing pedagogy, 20th century and contemporary American literature, and Anglo-American Modernism. She has previously written on the work of Edith Wharton and William Faulkner, and on the ups and downs of teaching online; her current work focuses on composition pedagogy and comics, and the important role that comics, multimodality, and popular literature and culture can play in the writing studies classroom.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Writing Transfer and writing genres; mindset in the writing classroom, including the corequisite composition classroom; the work of Edith Wharton; essays and short fiction.


“Revisiting Dweck’s Growth Mindset in the First-Year Corequisite Classroom,” in Just In Time: Approaches to Teaching Accelerated Composition ed. by David Starkey, Utah University Press, 2022, publication pending.

“Spiritual Reading and Comics.” The Return of the Text ed. by Jennifer Gurley, Fordham University Press, publication pending.

“Heroes and Superheroes: Popular Literature in the Writing Studies Classroom” Published in Pop Culture Matters, ed. by Martin F. Norden and Robert E. Weir, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

“Edith Wharton and the Paradox of Fin-de-Siècle Modernity,” Edith Wharton:  Critical Insights Salem Press, 2017.

“Virtual Me,” 2010 Commission for Accelerated Programs Newsletter.

Irony in the Short Stories of Edith Wharton, Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Revisiting Dweck’s Mindset Theory: Strategies for First-Year College Classrooms.” Face-to-face and virtual one-hour Facilitated Dialogue sessions, Feb. 14, 2022, 41st Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, University of South Carolina.

“Out of the Basement: Re-envisioning and Repositioning Writing at a Small Liberal Arts College.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference, July 2020. (Postponed because of Covid-19).

“Heroes and Superheroes: Popular Literature in the Writing Studies Classroom” The Northeast Popular and American Culture Association, University of Massachusetts— Amherst, October 2017.

“Every Mark A Prayer? Comics, Religion, and the Problem of Habibi” presented at Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, Syracuse University and LeMoyne College, October 2, 2015.

“The Big Picture Is in the Details: Comics Culture and Close Reading,” presented at The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Syracuse University and LeMoyne College, September, 2013.  

“Giving Voice to the Other: the ‘Modernist Realism’ of Faulkner’s Go Down Moses,” Presented at the South Central Modern Language Association, Fall 2006, Special session on the role of literature in a multicultural and inclusive society.

Invited Talks

“Text and Image in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis” – J. R. Mitchell Memorial Book Talk, presented at Stevenson University, Fall, 2007.

Academic or Professional Associations

Conference on College Composition and Communication

Council of Writing Program Administrators

Modern Language Association

National Conference on the Teaching of English