Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Cheryl Caesar
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Cheryl Caesar

Assistant Professor

Office: 241 Bessey Hall

Email: caesarc@msu.edu



Research Areas

Comparative literature, culture studies, cultrually-sustaining pedagogies


I am interested in developing asset-based pedagogies for our first-year students, who include international and first-generation students. I work with advisory committees for curriculum development, the First-Year Writing Conference and a Faculty Learning Community, "Four Lenses of Reflection," which unites faculty and library staff who serve this population. I am a pilot writing instructor for the new CAL Citizen Scholars program.I am advisor to a Chinese student organization and department steward for the Union of Non-Tenured Faculty.


Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation (2012-2013).

PhD. (Doctorat du 3ème cycle). Comparative Literature: English, American, French and Russian. Université de Paris III – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. 2008.
Dissertation title: “Léon Tolstoï, Anne Tyler et la polyphonie littéraire : une étude d’influence. “

Representative Work

“Translingual Pedagogy, Rhetorical Listening, and Multimodal Experiences A First-Year Writing Conference Fosters Intercultural Learning.” Currently under review by the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies and Emerging Pedagogies. With Joyce Meier, David Medei and Bree Gannon, 2017.

"Fertile Ground: Cultivating Change through a First-Year Writing Conference." Panel, with Joyce Meier, David Medei and Bree Gannon.at CCCC, March 14, 2017. 

“Unsettling Speciesist Logic: Caring for Our Animal Kin,” at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, “Decolonialism” Montreal, November 11, 2016.

Co-chair of Michigan College English Association Annual Conference, "Innovation and Tradition," October 21-22, 2016.

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 1004: Preparation for College Writing: Crossing Cultures
AL 110: Writing and Civic Life: Planetary Citizens
WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry: Possible Words 

Research or Academic Affiliations

Michigan College English Association: Executive Board
National Council of Teachers of English
National Women's Studies Association
International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication