Susan Garrett

Assistant ProfessorCreative Writing

Susan Garrett is an assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing at Goucher College. She completed her Master's in linguistics and all Ph.D. coursework in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. From 1999-2003, she taught composition and linguistics at McDaniel College and Goucher College. Since joining Goucher full time in 2003, she has taught all levels of composition courses and all linguistics courses offered through the Writing Program, including the introductory course and many independent studies and special topics classes on subjects, including sociolinguistics, language change, language and humor, grammar and syntax, and the use of the passive in history writing. She is developing a Data Analytics—Across the Curriculum course that will allow students to analyze data from various linguistic corpora to learn more about regional dialects, language and gender, language variation, stylistic variation, and more. She also serves as faculty advisor for Verge, Goucher’s journal of undergraduate nonfiction writing and research, which publishes peer-, faculty-, staff- and alumnae/i-reviewed work by Goucher students.  

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Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe VI 

“Positional faithfulness and truncation in child speech” 

Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society 

“Rethinking Spanish Stress” 

Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe IV 

“Another look at Spanish Stress and Syllable Structure” 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese 

“Truncations in Child Speech” 

Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference IV 

“Spanish Negation from the 12th to 17th Century” 

Academic or Professional Associations

American Dialect Society 

National Council of Teachers of English 

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Running Verge, Goucher’s Journal of Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing and Research 

Reviewing manuscripts for various publishers 

Developing Writing Program curriculum 

Maintaining CCCW website