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Elaine Arvan Andrews

Elaine Arvan Andrews is the Learning Center Director at Penn State Shenango, where she is also an Instructor in English. As a coordinator, instructor, and tutor, she very much enjoys her multiple roles in facilitating students’ academic success. She has taught a variety of courses at PSU Shenango, including Basic Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, Writing in the Social Sciences, Technical Writing, and Reading Fiction. Whenever she can, she brings her interests in working-class issues, visual culture, and Victorian literature into her teaching.

Dr. Andrews’s research has focused on Charlotte Brontë, visual culture, and composition. Her essay, “The ‘Lure of the Fabulous’: Gift-Book Beauties and Charlotte Brontë’s Silver-Fork Heroines,” has appeared in Women’s Writing. Her chapter on photographer Diane Arbus is included in the book Literary Texts and the Arts: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Several of her book reviews have been published in Ohioana Quarterly and American Studies International. She has presented numerous conference papers on British literature and, most recently, on teaching students how to write about an art photograph. She is currently doing research on how working-class students respond to working-class subject matter in the college classroom.

  • Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Ohio University
  • M.A. in Literature, Ohio University
  • B.A. in English and Communications (Concentration in Theater), Youngstown State University

  • E-mail: eja12@psu.edu
  • Phone: (724) 983-2827
  • Office:  Sharon Hall 205