Mary Denson Moore

Mary Denson Moore

Mary Denson Moore

Senior Instructor


208 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061


(540) 231-7693


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  • Composition Studies
  • Intellectual Development Theory
  • Local Natural History
  • Coal Mining and Appalachian History
  • Environmental Literature

Professional Activities

  • Coordinator of Alumni Relations:  Liaison to the English Department’s Distinguished Alumni Board
  • English Career Connections:  Committee Chair and Primary Organizer


  • Salem College, BA
  • Virginia Tech, MA in English

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Outstanding Instructor Award
    • Favorite Faculty Receptions, 2010-2014; CIDER Thank a Teacher Program
    • Recipient of 5 CEUT Teaching and Learning Grants

    Additional Information

    My teaching and research interests have evolved out of a focus on intellectual development theory, particularly the work of Marcia Baxter Magolda, and how pedagogy can be used to transform lives. As a composition specialist, I focus on communication, written, spoken, and visual, that develops students’ rhetorical awareness and critical thinking skills. By leading students to place themselves within a narrative framework, I encourage students to understand the relationships between knowledge, power, and language. Intellectual development theory is also at the center of my work on Literature and the Environment. How do we educate a citizenry to understand our place in the natural work and the ways in which we are affecting it? My particular interest involves sustainability and what the humanities brings to its discussion.