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Susan J Behrens

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Prof. Behrens has authored scholarly papers with CSD students.
    Prof. Behrens has authored scholarly papers with CSD students.

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), Sue 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 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).

Title/Position

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Email

sbehrens@mmm.edu

Phone

212-774-0722

Degree(s)

B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York
M.A., Brown University
Ph.D., Brown University

Recent Work

Books:

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.

 

Film:

The Three Rs: Representation of Language in College, Reality of Language, and Realignment of Expectations. Director and Producer: Plaster Bear Productions.

 

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

Onomastics. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00277738.2017.1304096

 

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

Onomastics 61(4),273-277.

 

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.

http://www.nade.net/site/documents/publications/Digest/Spring2011_v5i2web.pdf

 

Behrens, S.J. Fall 2010. Using Naming Practices in the Developmental English Classroom.

Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 27 (1), 32-36.

Research

Student and professor expectations of academic English.

Conversational analysis of student-teacher/tutor meetings.

Linguistics and grammar as a pedagogical tool.

Teaching

Courses offered:

Introduction to Linguistics

Analyzing the Structure of English across Genres

Phonetics

Speech and Hearing Science

The Sound of Your Voice: General Education Upper Division

Language and Culture: General Education Upper Division

Professional Experience

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

Location

Carson Hall CH 706