Laurie Ann Britt-Smith


Rhetoric and Composition
Director, Center for Writing 

Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Fields: Rhetoric, Social Justice, Composition Studies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Professional Writing, Language and Literacy Studies, 19th Century American Literature, Humor Studies 

Office Phone: 508-793-3681
Office: Dinand 210
PO Box: WP
Office Hours:  1:30-2:30 Monday , or by appointment 



  • ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • CISS 299: Writing About Data and Policy
  • MONT 100: ABC, 123
  • MONT 104: Sci Fi: Redefining the Human
  • PSPT 108: Elements of Writing Argument
  • ENGL 299: Revising Writing
  • ENGL 399: Theories of English Language & Literature


Editorial Work

  • To Wit - The Newsletter of the American Humor Studies Association. Editor. (2011-2016).
  • Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education. Member of the National Seminar (Editorial Board, 2012-2015). 
  • The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society. Associate Editor. Vols. 1.1-1.3.

Writing Program Experience

  • 2015-present - Center for Writing Director, College of the Holy Cross.
  • 2008-2015 - Associate Professor, Writing Program Director, and Director of the Writing Center, University of Detroit Mercy.
  • 2006-2007 - Writing Program Assistant Director, Saint Louis University. 


  • 2009 - Mellon Grant for Humanities Studies. College of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Detroit Mercy.
  • 2007 - Dr. Mary Louise Adams Endowed Fellowship. College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Louis University.
  • 2000 - VanReenan Award for Excellence in the Teaching of College Writing, Western Michigan University.

Involved In

  • HC F1RST Advisory Board.
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • Association for Writing Across the Curriculum, Founding member. Treasurer (2018-present).
  • Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Vice-Chair/Chair (2017-2020).
  • Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium, Chair (2017- 2019). Vice-Chair (2016-2017).
  • Research Network Forum at the College Conference on Composition and Communication (2011-present).