PWP Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Senior Lecturer

August 20, 2014

Congratulations to the following faculty members on their promotions to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

Mark Forrester has taught in the University of Maryland English Department since 1994. His research interests include American literary naturalism and poetic metaphor. He has presented papers at several academic conferences, published an essay on Anthony Trollope, and written several stories and poems that have appeared in literary journals. Mark created and teaches the Scholarly Writing for the Humanities course and he regularly teaches the honors section of Advanced Composition. Mark also serves as a PWP Faculty Coordinator.

Thomas Lowderbaugh has taught with the Professional Writing Program for thirty-two years, having started teaching night courses as he continued his full-time work first in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and later in the Office of Public Affairs at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Tom earned his Ph.D. in English from Maryland in 1976. He currently teaches Business Writing and serves as one of PWP’s Faculty Coordinators.

Marybeth Shea joined the Professional Writing Program in January 2002, but her work on the University of Maryland campus dates back to 1986, when she led incoming School of Public Policy graduate students and mid-career professionals through “Writing Boot Camp.” She has also worked on institutional development projects for the university’s Center for Global Change and created publications for the School of Public Policy. She currently is co-Principal Investigator on a USDA-funded research project that brings together agricultural scientists and farmers from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to develop best practices both for reducing chicken farm pollution and for communicating these practices to the broader agricultural and scientific community. Marybeth is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences here at Maryland, and she brings these academic and professional experiences to bear in her teaching of Science Writing and Writing about the Environment in PWP.

Joe Wappel has taught a range of PWP courses since 1987 at both the College Park and Shady Grove campuses, including Technical Writing, Advanced Composition, Writing for the Health Professions, and Writing Case Studies and Investigative Reports. In addition to teaching for PWP, Joe has worked as an editor and writer for the Washington Times, the International City Management Association, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Planning and Development Office as well as its Public and Indian Housing Office.

Michael Winett received his J.D. in 1983 from the Gonzaga University School of Law and has practiced law in Prince George’s County since 1984. He began teaching Legal Writing for the Professional Writing Program in 1986; he has also taught Technical Writing, Business Writing, and Advanced Composition. Michael also designed and teaches Writing About Economics and he has taught an Honors course in Law and Literature. In addition, Michael has taught writing classes at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Please join me in congratulating these five superb instructors on their promotions. I would like to thank Professors Jessica Enoch, Shirley Logan, and Scott Wible, as well as Rebecca Sommer, for their assistance in recommending these promotions.

A special thank you to Professors Jessica Enoch, Shirley Logan, and Scott Wible, as well as Rebecca Sommer, for their assistance in recommending these promotions.