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MCPHS Faculty Mary Bodwell

Mary Buchinger Bodwell, PhD

Professor of English and Communication Studies

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Fennell 211

(P) 617.732.2131


School of Arts and Sciences


BS, English and Elementary Education, Northern Michigan University
MA, Linguistics, The Ohio University
PhD, Applied Linguistics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston University

Research Interests

Health care provider/patient interactions
Discourse analysis
Second language acquisition
Writing pedagogy (as in, how to teach writing),
Genre and genre pedagogy


Cambridge Poet Populist (Finalist)
New Women's Voices in Poetry Prize (chapbook manuscript) (Semi-Finalist)
Poetry Society of Virginia (poem) (Second Prize)
Robert Warren Penn Award (poem) (Honorable Mention)
The New England Poetry Club Daniel Varoujan Award (poem) (Marge Piercy, judge)
Cambridge Poetry Award (poem) (Winner)

Bodwell, M. B. (2004). "Now what does this mean, 'first draft'": Responding to text in an adult literacy class. Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, 15, 59-79.

Puttick, G. M., Bodwell, M. B., Wright, T. M. (Eds.) (2000). Research on Teaching and Learning in Science and Mathematics: An Introductory Resource. Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University, Providence RI.

Bodwell, M. B. (1998). Talking in-depth about why things float. In (A. S. Rosebery and B. Warren, Eds.) Boats, balloons, and classroom video: Science teaching as inquiry. Pp. 35-41. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Rev. of Devitt, Amy J. (2004). Writing genres. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. In Composition Studies. 33(2).

Rev. of Potter, J. (1996). Representing reality: Discourse, rhetoric and social construction. London: Sage Publications. The American Journal of Semiotics. 17(1), 273-275.

Rev. of Fitch, K. L. (1998). Speaking relationally: Culture, communication, and interpersonal connection. New York: The Guilford Press. Pp. xiv+239. Discourse & Society 10(3) 441-442.

Rev. of Sweetser, E. (1990). From etymology to pragmatics: Metaphorical and cultural aspects of semantic structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Journal of Linguistics 29 (1993), 157-162.

Also, numerous poems published in literary journals, including: AGNI Online (Boston University), Anthology of New England Writers, Buffalo Carp, Copper Nickel: A Journal of Art and Literature, Penumbra, Rattle, RUNES: A review of poetry, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, Theology Today (Princeton), Versal V. (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

Association of Writers and Programs
College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Popular Culture Association
MCPHS Arts and Literature Club, Faculty Advisor
MCPHS Faculty Council, Member