Susan J. Behrens holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University. At Brown, and later as a research associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and Cambridge University (UK), Susan conducted research on the processing of language and its neural connections. At MMC, Susan is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and teaches courses in linguistics and sociolinguistics. She is the chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also the director of the MMC Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence.
Her textbooks include An Introduction to Speech Science (with Jack Ryalls; Allyn and Bacon, 2000), Grammar (Routledge 2010), Language in the Real World (with Judith Parker, Routledge, 2010), Understanding Language Use in the Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2014), and an expanded/enhanced version of Understanding Language Use (2018).
Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York
M.A., Brown University
Ph.D., Brown University
Grammar: A Pocket Guide. 2010. Routledge
Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics. 2010. Co-edited with Judith A. Parker, Routledge.
Understanding Language Use in the Classroom: A Linguistic Guide for College Educators. 2014. Multilingual Matters.
Understanding Language Use in the Classroom: Including Teaching Materials for College Educators. 2018. Multilingual Matters.
The Three Rs: Representation of Language in College, Reality of Language, and Realignment of Expectations. Director and Producer: Plaster Bear Productions.
Selected Articles and Reviews:
Behrens, S.J. 2018. Spring Garden. A review. Names, A Journal of Onomastics.
Behrens, S.J. 2017. Review of “Name Therapist,” by Duana Taha. A review. Names, A Journal of
Behrens, S.J. et al. 2016. I know it when I see it: Uncovering college student-
educator expectations about academic writing. Writing & Pedagogy.
Behrens, S.J. 2014. English Pronouns Revealed: A Meta-discussion of the English Pronoun
System. Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 30 (2), 91-95.
Behrens, S.J. December 2013. A Note on “The Bell Jar” (1963). Names, A Journal of
Behrens, S.J. Summer 2013. Review of Teaching and Researching Language and
Culture, 2nd ed. 2012. Joan Hall Kelly. Teaching American Speech 88 (2), 247-253.
Behrens, S.J. and Mercer, C. Fall 2011. Syntactic Boundaries and the Mechanics of
Academic Written English. Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 28 (1), 50-56.
Behrens, S.J. and Mercer, C. Spring 2011. The Ambiguous Nature of Bilingualism and its
Ramifications for Writing Instruction. NADE Digest 5 (2), 11-22.
Behrens, S.J. Fall 2010. Using Naming Practices in the Developmental English Classroom.
Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 27 (1), 32-36.
Student and professor expectations of academic English.
Conversational analysis of student-teacher/tutor meetings.
Linguistics and grammar as a pedagogical tool.
Introduction to Linguistics
Analyzing the Structure of English across Genres
Speech and Hearing Science
The Sound of Your Voice: General Education Upper Division
Language and Culture: General Education Upper Division
Director: Marymount Manhattan College Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (C-TIE)
Associate: Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, NY
Free-lance Contributor: The New York Times in Education
Summer Instructor: Columbia University, High School Program and Internship in Building Community