Prof Mary L Schuster

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mmlay@umn.edu
612-624-2262

Dept of Writing Studies
225 NCCE

315 Pillsbury Dr SE

Affiliations

Mary Lay Schuster (Professor) (Ph.D., English, University of New Mexico) studies the intersection of the law, science, and rhetoric. In the past, she has focused on direct-entry midwives and their attempts to become licensed professionals. Her current project involves interviewing judges to determine how they weigh victim impact statements in sentencing hearings involving domestic violence/sexual assault cases. She is also interviewing advocates who work with victims to determine how they advise victims and observing judges' verbal and nonverbal responses during sentencing when a victim offers a statement. Dr. Schuster is a Faculty Fellow in the Law School and has served also as a Deputy Director in the Office for Conflict Resolution.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English: American Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1975.
  • M.A.: English: American Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1972.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Gender and the Rhetoric of Science and Technology
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: The Body
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Body, Space, and Gender: Studies in Material Rhetoric
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Gender and the Body: Public Policies on Reproduction and Sexual Assault
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication
  • Publication Management
  • Seminar in Managerial Communications
Publications
  • Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom, University Press of New England (Northeastern University Press series on Gender, Crime, and Law, 2011).
  • “Understanding Genre Through the Lens of Advocacy: The Rhetorical Work of the Victim Impact Statement.“ With Amy Propen. Written Communication, 27 (2010): 3-35.
  • “Degrees of Emotion: Judicial Responses to Victim Impact Statements.“ With Amy Propen. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 1 (2010): 75-104.
  • “Making Academic Work Advocacy Work: Technologies of Power in the Public Arena.“ With Amy Propen. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, special issue on technical and business communication in the public sphere, 22.3 (July 2008): 299-329.
  • “A Different Place to Birth: A Material Rhetoric Analysis of Baby Haven, a Free-Standing Birth Center.“Women’s Studies in Communication 29.1 (Spring 2006): 1-38.
  • “Minnesota Direct Entry Midwives: Focusing on Families.“ In Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Professionalism. Ed. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Christine Barba Johnson. With Kerry Dixon (Twin Cities Direct-Entry Midwife). New York: Routledge Press, 2006. 261-88.
Awards
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014