Lyndall Nairn, MA

Assistant Professor of English, Director of Wilmer Writing Center, Agora Editor

Experience/Background

I have had teaching experience in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and various locations in the United States, such as the University of Pittsburgh, Michigan Technological University, The Ohio State University, and community colleges in Kansas and Florida.

Degrees/Certifications

  • BA in English Literature 
    1975 Macquarie University, North Ryde, N.S.W., Australia
  • Diploma in Education 
    1976 Sydney Teachers' College, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
  • MA in Linguistics and Certificate in TESL 
    1983 University of Pittsburgh

Professional/Research Interests

My professional interests focus on writing skills, including the work of writing centers and teaching English as a Second Language. Australian literature remains an ongoing interest for me. I also edit the Agora, the journal of academic writing, which includes essays by students in the Lynchburg College Symposium Readings program as well as papers by students in other institutions belonging to the Association of Core Texts and Courses.

Information on Courses Taught

At Lynchburg College, I teach freshman composition and Senior Symposium. Also, I direct the Wilmer Writing Center.

Publications

  • "Engaging Cultures: Is the Melting Pot Still Cooking?" Conference proceedings of the 2010 Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (To be published)
  • "Using Core Texts to Promote Students' Critical Thinking Skills," Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, April 6-9, 2006.Ed. Patrick T. Flynn, Jean-Marie Kauth, and John Kevin Doyle. Lanham N.J.: University Press of America, 2010. 227-231.
  • "Satire as a Means of Transmitting and Transforming Knowledge and Culture" Conference Proceedings of the 2009 Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Memphis, Tennessee. (To be published)
  • "Finding Meaning in the Mundane," a book review of the novel The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll, in Antipodes, 23.1 (2009): 94-95.
  • "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Super Graduate Assistant in the Writing Center!" a book review of(E)Merging Identities: Graduate Students in the Writing Center. Ed. Melissa Nicolas, in The Writing Lab Newsletter, 33.1 (2008): 11-12.
  • "A Ray of Hope for the Dispossessed," a book review of the novel Billy's Tree by Nicholas Kyriacos, inAntipodes, 21.1 (2007): 92-93.
  • "When is a Cultural Difference Not a Cultural Difference?" published in The ESL Magazine. Issue 55, January, 2007: 20-23.
  • "Faculty Response to Grammar Errors in the Writing of ESL Students," published in the TESOL Newsletter for the ESL in Higher Education E-Section, March 2003, Part 1 of 2.

Conference Proceedings

  • "Preparing Leaders for the Real World" at the eighteenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2012.
  • "It's Not Just the Ideas: The Quest for Excellence Includes Values and Beliefs as Well" at the seventeenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, New Haven, Connecticut, April 2011.
  • "Navigating a Backwater: Reconsidering the Role of Tutors as Editors" at the International Writing Centers' Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November, 2010.
  • "Engaging Cultures: Is the Melting Pot Still Cooking?" at the sixteenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 2010.
  • "Writing Center Experience as a Career Asset" (with T. Jackson and J. La Plante) at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers' Association Conference, Newark, Delaware, April 2010.
  • "Satire as a Means of Transmitting and Transforming Knowledge and Culture" at the fifteenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, April 2009.
  • "Who Are We? We Are Clear Thinkers!" at the fourteenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Plymouth, Massachusetts, April, 2008.
  • "Freshman Writing: A Work in Progress," (with K. Hatter, R. Eberhart, and J. La Plante) at the Southeastern Writing Centers' Association Conference, Savannah, Georgia, February, 2008; presentation repeated as part of the Geraldine Lyon Owen events, Lynchburg College, March 2008.
  • "The Odyssey Goes Down Under, Where Criminals Become National Heroes" at the thirteenth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2007.
  • "Reducing Static and Fine-tuning Faculty-Tutor Communication," (with K. Hatter) at the Southeastern Writing Centers' Association Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, February 2007; presentation repeated as part of a Publish & Flourish panel, Lynchburg College, March, 2007.
  • "Using Core Texts to Promote Students' Critical Thinking Skills" at the twelfth annual Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2006
  • "Writing as Relationship: Assessing Trust in the Tutor/Student Exchange," (with K. Hatter and C. Dickson), at the Southeastern Writing Centers' Association Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 2006; presentation repeated as part of the John M. Turner Lecture Series in the Humanities, Lynchburg College, April 2006.
  • "Better Thinking about Critical Thinking" (with J. Baldwin, S. Robinson, and C. Todd), at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the College Reading and Learning Association, Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, Va, April 2005.
  • "One Writing Center Community Moves Beyond the Short-Term Fix" (with E. Tiner, K. Hatter, H. Hogye, and C. Rasi), Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the College Reading and Learning Association, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va, March 2004.
  • "What's a Bad Boy Like You Doing in a Nice Place Like This? Ned Kelly Faces Off Against American College Freshmen," (with B. Rothermel), Annual Conference of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Richmond Va., April 2003.
  • "Self-Editing Techniques Promote Students' Academic Success," (with Nancy Goulde), TESOL Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, April, 2002.
  • "The Grammar Baby and the Bath Water," (with Nancy Goulde), Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the College Reading and Learning Association, Sweet Briar College, VA, March 2001.
  • "The Grammar Bridge/Obstacle to Future Success," (with Nancy Goulde), Virginia ESL Supervisors' Association Conference, Williamsburg, VA, January 2001.
  • "Non-ESL Professors' Attitudes to Grammar Problems in ESL Students' Writing," Annual Conference of College Communication and Composition, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2000.
  • "Offering Academic Support to International Students," (with Nancy Goulde), Virginia College Learning Association Conference, Sweet Briar College, VA, March, 1999.
  • "Reflections on a Professional Development Workshop for Korean Middle School Teachers of English as a Foreign Language," (with Nancy Goulde), Virginia ESL Supervisors' Association Conference, Williamsburg, VA, March 1998.
  • "The Relationship between Language and Literature Teaching in China," TESOL Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 1983.

Personal Information

I grew up in Australia, where my education heightened my interest in other cultures. I decided to combine travel with career by teaching English in Asia. In 1986, I moved permanently to the United States, where I have lived and worked in 6 different states. I have lived happily in Lynchburg since 1997.

Phone: 
434.544.8588
Email: 
nairn@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
Hopwood 2