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Heather Holleman PhD

Lecturer in English

120 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021:Via Zoom on Monday afternoons and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. December 2002
  2. Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Concentration: Romanticism, Lyric Poetry, Psychology of Emotion, Pedagogy
  5. May 1999
  6. Master of Arts in English Language and Literature
  7. University of Michigan
  8. May 1997
  9. Bachelor of Arts in English
  10. Distinguished Major, Highest Distinction.
  11. University of Virginia.

Professional Bio

Dr. Holleman attended the University of Virginia where she graduated with highest distinction for her thesis on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. She won the Wagenheim prize for the best essay written by an undergraduate for her work on the Romantic Sublime. She then earned her MA and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Michigan for her doctoral work on shame and narcissism in 19th century poetry. As a faculty member at Penn State, Heather teaches Advanced Writing in the Humanities (202B) and English 15 while also designing curriculum and training instructors. Her book, How to Write with Flair, supplements the curriculum for the advanced writing courses in the humanities. She has received numerous teaching awards in the past ten years, including Rackham’s Most Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, the Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, and the Residence Life Mentor Award. Heather and her husband, Ashley, also work with a missions organization (Cru) where Ashley serves as the Executive Director of Graduate Student Ministry. Heather blogs daily at and writes both fiction and nonfiction.