Ruth Ann Schmitt




 Ruth Ann Schmitt
Phone: (313) 845-6380
Office: L-203
Building: Liberal Arts
Fax: (313) 317-6690.


Teaching Philosophy

    In my composition, literature, creative, and technical writing classes, I want students to discover the aesthetic possibilities of language to communicate, to evoke emotions, and to inspire social and personal change. When students leave my class, I would like them to perceive themselves as writers, trust their subjective response to the world, and be able to articulate that response creatively and clearly. Along with developing students' sense of confidence as writers, I'd like my students to take responsibility for their writing. I hope they leave my classroom knowing that writing belongs to them. Finally, my sense of being a writing teacher is closely connected to my being a writer. I feel equipped to help others find their process and reach the desired piece of writing.

English 131

Working draft of WTBD.doc


M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction), Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas  2002

M.A. in Literature with a creative concentration, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 1998

B.A. in English, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia  1996






Teaching Activity

Currently, I am teaching English 131, 132, and directing an Honors Directed Study in creative writing..