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Mary Jane Curry

Mary Jane Curry

Associate Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 474
(585) 273-5934

Website: UR Research Page
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Curriculum and Instruction)
MA, University of Massachusetts - Boston (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
BA, Cornell University (English)

Joining the Warner School faculty in 2003, Mary Jane Curry teaches courses in language education, literacy, and academic writing and publishing. Her doctoral seminars have focused on critical literacy, language and literacy across cultures, and language, literacy, and globalization.

Curry’s research explores various facets of academic discourse as a barrier or form of cultural capital for users of English as an additional language and other types of “non-traditional” learners. Since 2001, she has conducted funded research on the experiences of scholars and graduate students writing for journal publication. First, she examined the English academic writing and publishing of southern and central European scholars, and more recently, she has been studying the experiences of engineers, particularly women, in publishing research. In a second strand of research undertaken while a research fellow at the Open University Centre for Language and Communications at Milton Keynes, U.K., Curry explored the academic literacy experiences of non-traditional U.K. students taking distance access courses taught over the telephone, work that connected to her dissertation research on immigrant community college students in an academic writing course.

Curry is the co-author of A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English: Critical Choices and Practical Strategies (Multilingual Matters, 2013), Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English (Routledge, 2010) and Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education (Routledge, 2002). She is co-editor of  Language, Literacy, and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics (John Benjamins, 2014); Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives, and Pedagogies (Multilingual Matters, 2018); and Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts (Multilingual Matters, 2018). She has written articles, reviews, and book chapters on teaching English as a second language, the experiences of immigrant students learning English writing at the community college, and her current research on academic publishing.

Curry is the founding director of the Warner School’s Writing Support Services, which offers students free individual consultations, ongoing workshops, and occasional writing retreats.

Publications Available on the Web: 
Educating Refugee-Background Students – Introduction

Global Academic Publishing – Chapter 1

The Dutch PhD Coach Book Review: A Scholar's Guide to Getting Published in English

Action Research for Preparing Reflective Language Teachers

Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English (Routledge, 2010) - Chapter 1

Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education (Routledge, 2002)

In the News

4/04/2019 Warner School Takes Part in the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto
4/04/2019 Mary Jane Curry on Multilingual Scholars on Research in Action Podcast
7/10/2018 Curry Essay on the Inequities of the Growing Dominance of English in Publishing Featured in Brazilian Journal Roseta (A Reprint of Inside Higher Ed Essay)
6/05/2018 Multilingual Matters Blog Post Features Curry’s New Book on Refugee-Background Students
5/18/2018 Warner Professor Co-Edits Book on Education of Refugee-Background Students
4/27/2018 Chronicle of Higher Education Spotlights Mary Jane Curry's Book on Global Academic Publishing 
3/14/2018 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Peer Reviewing Manuscripts for Journals: Editor's Perspective
3/13/2018 Mary Jane Curry Writes About the Inequities of the Growing Dominance of English in Publishing on Inside Higher Ed
1/29/2018 Doctoral Writing SIG Blog Features Advice on Organizing a Writing Camp from Mary Jane Curry and Jayne Lammers
11/29/2017 New Book Examines the Struggle for Linguistic Equity in Global Academic Publishing
7/06/2017 New Global Academy Jobs Blog Coauthored by Mary Jane Curry
4/20/2016 Wednesday Lunch Hour - A Faculty Fulbright Fellowship: Living, Working and Researching in Chile
1/13/2016 Mary Jane Curry Quoted in BBC News Story on the Rise of English in Higher Ed & Research
9/24/2015 Mary Jane Curry Blogs About Her New Book Series on Knowledge Production
3/23/2015 Curry to Co-Edit New Book Series on Knowledge Production
3/20/2015 Mary Jane Curry on Academic Publishing on Doctoral Writing SIG Blog
7/30/2014 Professor Mary Jane Curry Co-edits, Professor Jeffrey Choppin Contributes to New Book Exploring the Role of Applied Linguistics in STEM Education
12/11/2013 Wednesday Lunch Talk — Getting Published (in English): Choices and Strategies
11/25/2013 Warner Professor Publishes Guide to Getting Published in English
9/18/2013 Wednesday Lunch Talk - Transitions: Collaboratively Developing a Curriculum on Future Educational Choices for English Learners
5/06/2013 Curry on Fulbright Grant in Campus Times
4/22/2013 Warner School Professor Named Fulbright Scholar in Chile
3/26/2013 Film Event - Childhood in Translation
2/25/2013 Curry on Online Textbooks in Democrat and Chronicle
2/20/2013 Warner to Show Childhood in Translation Documentary as Part of Immigrant Series
2/15/2013 Curry Participates in Guardian Higher Education Live Chat on English in Higher Education
1/24/2013 Free Film Showing, Discussion for 9500 Liberty Documents the Immigration Policy Debate
9/11/2012 Film Showing, Discussion for Nickel City Smiler Uncovers the Struggles Refugees Face
8/15/2012 Mary Jane Curry on the Benefits of Bilingual Programs in El Mensajero Católico
6/05/2012 Project CELLS Featured on ConXion
5/22/2012 U.S. Department of Education Awards $1.95 Million to Warner School of Education: Grant Will Help Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners
5/21/2012 Mary Jane Curry Quoted in RBJ on Project CELLS
1/12/2011 Free Movie Screening, Expert Panel for Schooling the World Aims to Draw Attention to the Effects of Western Education on Indigenous Cultures
12/19/2010 Democrat and Chronicle Author Spotlight on Mary Jane Curry
9/15/2010 Publishing Productivity in STEM Fields: Exploring Why Women Publish Less than Men
7/01/2010 New Book Explores the Consequences of English as the Dominant Language in Global Academic Journal Publishing
11/30/2009 Curry Comments on Early Foreign Language Programs in Democrat and Chronicle
7/01/2009 Two Warner Faculty Earn Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
4/06/2007 Curry Quoted in Science Magazine on the Challenges Scholars Encounter with Publishing in English
2/25/2007 Skalny Center Luncheon Talk by Mary Jane Curry
9/01/2004 Warner Institutes New Student Support Initiatives
8/01/2003 Warner Welcomes New Faculty, Staff, and Students

ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
ED513 Academic Writing for Educators
ED515A The Social Practices of Academic Journal Publishing
ED515B Writing an Academic Journal Article
ED515C Responding to Feedback and Revising a Journal Manuscript
ED515 Writing for Scholarly Publication in the Social Sciences
ED582 Critical Literacy