Erin M. Rentschler, M.A.
Erin is currently serving as the Center for Teaching Excellence's Program Manager. She supports the Center for Teaching Excellence in providing resources, programming, and consultation on college teaching/learning and academic career success to faculty and graduate students across all of Duquesne University.
Education and Experience
Erin received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 2001. After graduating from Wheaton, she taught high school English in Massachusetts. In 2005, Erin came to Duquesne as a Masters student in English and also served as a teaching assistant in the English Department until 2011. In addition to core writing classes, Erin has taught Survey of American Literature II (1865-present) and Introduction to Fiction.
From 2011-2014, Erin worked at the Center for Teaching Excellence as an instructional consultant. Her responsibilities included planning and facilitating workshops, finding and developing teaching and learning resources, and consulting with university instructors about teaching and learning topics such as preparation, assessment, and classroom management. Additionally, Erin worked closely with graduate students preparing for college teaching across the disciplines to review statements of teaching philosophy, cover letters, and CVs. Erin worked with CTE's Instructional Consultant for TAs to support the Certificate of University Teaching and served as an advisor for the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. She partnered with Educational Technology to explore students' perceptions of and expectations for instructional technology at Duquesne.
Currently working on her Ph.D., Erin is writing a dissertation that explores race and ethnicity in American novels representing the Vietnam War. She hopes that her project will contribute to both the critical discussion of fiction representing a particular historical moment and to conversations about teaching controversial and sensitive topics such as war, race, and ethnicity. To that end, she has presented her work at conferences focusing on both scholarship and teaching.
At the POD Network Conference,in November 2013, she presented "Reflecting in Writing: A Critical Practice for Future Faculty" with Amy Criniti Phillips (former CTE consultant and current faculty member at Wheeling Jesuit University). The conference was held in downtown Pittsburgh. She currently has an article, co-authored with Dr. Steve Hansen, in review. The article focuses on various methods for helping graduate students assess and improve their teaching in a community of teacher-scholars.