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DegreesBrandeis University, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A.
ExpertiseLecturer in Composition
ProfileGordon Ruesch has taught Brandeis first-semester writers every fall since 1984. Before that, he took a B.A. in English Literature (U.Mass., Amherst), served two conscientious-objector years helping challenged epileptics, and four years in Korea first as Peace Corp tuberculosis-control volunteer, later as a university English instructor. At Brandeis, despite never quite completing his doctoral dissertation (on Samuel Beckett) he has found rich fulfillment helping Brandeis writers—alongside teaching at Harvard’s Institute for English Language Programs (1990-2011), in workplace literacy programs, and in A.D. Little MBA English Instruction. Current interests include devising science-focused composition curricula and practical writing instruction for Aspergers/autistic writers.
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Awards and Honors
Undergraduate Essay Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1979)