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About Theresa Conefrey

Theresa Conefrey received her PhD, with a Graduate Minor in Women’s Studies from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she specialized in issues of language, gender and power in science communities. As Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, she taught courses in Women’s Studies, Business and Technical Writing, and Composition. Before that, she taught English courses in Japan, Spain, Denmark, Finland, England, and Germany.
Since joining the faculty at Santa Clara University, Dr. Conefrey has been teaching courses in Critical Thinking and Writing, and Applied Technical Writing. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in Effective Written Technical Communications, and Effective Oral Technical Presentations in the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership in the School of Engineering.
Dr. Conefrey's research interests include technical communication, gender and science, STEM education, educational technology, pedagogy, and trying to bring the two into closer alignment. Currently, she is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which newer technologies open up possibilities for innovative learning in the classroom and beyond.

Positions

2014 - Present Lecturer, Santa Clara University Department of English
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2002 - Present Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University School of Engineering
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2013 - 2014 Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University Department of English
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2001 - 2003 Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University Department of English
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Courses

  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Applied Technical Writing
  • Effective Written Technical Communications
  • Effective Oral Technical Presentations

Education

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1997 Graduate Minor in Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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1997 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Institute of Communication Research
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1991 M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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1987 Post Graduate Certificate of Education - German and English as a Second Language, University of Reading
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1984 B.A. (Honors) in German and Linguistics, University of East Anglia
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1984 Royal Society of Arts Preparatory Certificate: Teaching English as a Second Language, University of East Anglia
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Contact Information

English Department
St. Joseph's Hall 315
1-408-551-3287

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