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Mr. Lawrence Cleary

Biography

Director of the Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick (UL), Lawrence is an Educational Developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning, UL. His background is in English, Rhetoric and Composition Studies (BA in English, Illinois State University) and English Language Teaching (MA in ELT, University of Limerick). Lawrence has facilitated writer development in a number of disciplines. He currently teaches writing to first-year Engineers in the BEng course and is the module leader for ME6051 Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers for the ME and MSc. programmes for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers. His interests are in Rhetoric, Critical Theory, Writing Pedagogy, Language Teaching, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Stylistics, Corpus Studies, Learning Styles and Strategies.

Research Interests


Research Interests: Rhetoric and Composition Studies, English Language Teaching, Critical Theory, Genre Studies, Stylistics, stylostatistical analysis, Corpus Studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Academic Literacies, writing pedagogy, learning styles, learning strategies and cognitive processing.

Teaching Interests

  • Design and deliver 'Do you write like an engineer?' in collaboration with Associate Professor Michael Walsh, to first year engineers in the Common Entry Programme for Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Design and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Module Leader for ME6051, Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers, a first-year module for students on the ME and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering.
  • Module Leader for AW4006, Peer Tutoring in Academic Writing, a tutor training module for undergraduates interested in working as a peer writing tutor in the RWC. The module is offered as an optional extra to students in the BA in Arts.
  • Consultant on HP4001, Preparing for Success, a first-year required writing module for students in the BA in Arts programme.
  • Design and delivery of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshops for students and academic staff. Workshops focus on writing in this academic context, with focus on research and writing processes, an understanding of the writing situation, strategies for negotiating those processes and the situation and the assigning, teaching and assessment of writing.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2020 At-Large Board, International Writing Center Association
  • 2016 Board, European Writing Center Association
  • 2013 Member, Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing
  • 2007 member, European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing

Award

  • 2011 - Shortlisted for Shannon Consortiums Regional Award for Excellence in Teaching

Education

  • 2003 University of Limerick - MA
  • 2001 Illinois State University - BA

Research Collaborators

  • Doris Pany - Other - University of Graz -Austria
  • Elif Demirel - Other - Karadeniz Teknik University -Turkey
  • Franziska Liebetanz - Other - European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder -Germany

Publications

Book Chapter

2019
2015

The political act of developing provision for writing in the Irish higher education context
Cleary, L. and O'Sullivan, Í
Working With Academic Literacies: Case Studies Towards Transformative Practice

2012

The Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick
O'Sullivan, Í and Cleary, L.
Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places

Conference Contribution

2008
2007

AISHE - All Ireland Society for Higher Education Conference, 2007
Lawrence Cleary, Caroline Graham, Catherine Jeanneau and Íde O'Sullivan

2007

Other Publication

2008

Innovations, activities and principles for supporting student writing
Cleary, L. and O'Sullivan, Í.
Supporting Academic Writing among Students and Academics, SEDA Special 24

Peer Reviewed Journal

2014

Peer-tutoring in academic writing: the infectious nature of engagement
O'Sullivan, Í. and Cleary, L.
Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18552/joaw.v4i1.72

2013

Apologia for Undergraduate Peer-tutors in Writing
Lawrence Cleary
AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2012

The role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education: The Tutors' Perspective.
O'Sullivan, Í. and Cleary, L. (eds)
Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18552/joaw.v2i1.110

2012

Editorial: the role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education
O'Sullivan, Í. and Cleary, L.
Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18552/joaw.v2i1.108