Mitzi Mabe, Instructor, joined UMBC's Writing and Rhetoric Division in 1982. Her interdisciplinary approach to teaching arises out of her BA in English from UMBC and two MS degrees from Johns Hopkins University, in Applied Behavioral Science and Adult Education. She holds a strong interest in environmental education, as well. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, speech, American literature, and a variety of writing courses: the personal essay, academic research, argument, grammar, technical writing, and tutor training.
Encouraging students to articulate and share their experience resulted in a text of student essays, A Community of Writers (Denton, TX: RonJon Publishers, 1999). Her observations on the phenomenon of facilitating students' access to platforms for their voices, views, and experiences are published in "Dealing with Trauma in the Classroom" in Mary Beth Williams and John Sommers' Simple and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 2002). Forthcoming in 2009 are two articles in Vittoria Ardino's text, Posttraumatic Syndromes in Childhood and Adolescence, one of which incorporates her Speech 210 students' perspective on the Virginia Tech tragedy. She has also initiated the Read Out in her First-Year Writing & Introduction to an Honors University seminar, when different sections of the course merge twice a semester to let accomplished student writers step up to the podium to share their articulate, powerful messages with a wide audience.