Author: sschlitz

Literary, Linguistic, It’s Definitely Personal

When I started blogging years ago, I did so as a linguist. My blog (this site: Stephanie Schlitz’s Blog) was sub-titled “Literary, Linguistic, It’s Nothing Personal.” I wrote primarily of teaching and research issues arising from my work as a professor because that was the […]

class copies, copyright, and the digital divide

As a teacher who has found herself in the unanticipated position of having to go textless this term, I give a very grateful shout out to David West Brown, whose exceptional text In Other Words: Lessons on Grammar, Code-Switching, and Academic Writing permits teachers to make copies of handouts from the text […]

Who Really Bears the Cost of Hiring Adjuncts?

Opinion piece published in Inside Higher Ed argues that students are compromised when colleges mistreat adjuncts. 

teenage wasteland?

two of my students sat musing with boys and a small cat beneath a tree in front of the building where i teach. they saw me walk past. and they did not come to class. maybe they were getting high. maybe they were high on freedom and […]

every day is different

One student, a father and mechanic, told me that, in a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a broken radiator hose temporarily. One of my students is a manager at McDonald’s. Because he works there, I’d consider stopping in for a coffee. One student […]

when audience matters

i am teaching a class of students who want to share their work with one another. for their first out of class piece, my students were writing about themselves. their audience: our class. the assignment required presenting their work in class to each other upon completion. while some students […]


When teaching middle class students from fairly homogeneous educational backgrounds, it’s easy to assume that by college age, they know how to write. It’s even easy to accept that grammar should be a peripheral topic in a college-level writing class, if it is to be […]

Super Sad Decline of Speech?

One of my students recently commented heatedly that thanks to technology, we no longer know how to “use our mouths.” I was reminded of the satirical use of verbaling in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, where speech is so uncommon that it’s marked.  When I saw […]