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Communication Arts and Sciences

Communications Arts & Sciences: | Merrimack College

Deborah Burns

Associate Professor of Writing, Chair
Communication Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

Deborah H. Burns, Associate Professor of Writing and Chair, received her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Her publications are focused on Writing Center theory and practice, and her co-authored article with Linda Shamoon has been republished in a number of anthologies and has been cited in a many articles and papers. Her current research focuses on writing by missionary women of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her teaching experience includes First Year Composition, Public and Private Rhetoric(s) of the Civil War Era, Classical Rhetoric, The History of Writing, Travel Writing, and Public Communication.


  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Public and Private Writing from the Civil War Era
  • Writing About Families, Death and Violence in Short Fiction
  • Travel Writing