Lawrence Cleary


Contact Details

Director Regional Writing Centre, UL
Main Building
University of Limerick
T: 061202607
M: 0868370561
E: lawrence.cleary@ul.ie
 
researcher

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.

                      

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre'
Lawrence Cleary (2019) 'At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre' In: Joe Essid, Brian McTague (eds). Writing Centers at the Center of Change. New York: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2012 'The Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick'
O'Sullivan, Í and Cleary, L. (2012) 'The Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick' In: Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places. Anderson, S. C., USA: Parlour Press. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2015 'The political act of developing provision for writing in the Irish higher education context'
Cleary, L. and O’Sullivan, Í (2015) 'The political act of developing provision for writing in the Irish higher education context' In: Working With Academic Literacies: Case Studies Towards Transformative Practice. Anderson, S.C., USA: The Parlour Press. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'Peer-tutoring in academic writing: the infectious nature of engagement'
O'Sullivan, Í. and Cleary, L. (2014) 'Peer-tutoring in academic writing: the infectious nature of engagement'. Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 4 (1):52-65 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
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) (2012) 'The role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education: The Tutors’ Perspective'. Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 2 (1):138-164 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2012 'Editorial: the role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education'
O’Sullivan, Í. and Cleary, L. (2012) 'Editorial: the role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education'. Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 2 (1):ii-iii [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2009 'Responding to the writing development needs of Irish higher education students: a case study'
Cleary L., Graham C., Jeanneau C. & O'Sullivan I. (2009) 'Responding to the writing development needs of Irish higher education students: a case study'. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 1 (1):4.1-4.16 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'Apologia for Undergraduate Peer-tutors in Writing'
Lawrence Cleary (2013) 'Apologia for Undergraduate Peer-tutors in Writing'. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 5 (1):1181-1187 [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 I Congreso Internacional sobre Análisis de Corpus del Discurso Académico,
Lawrence Cleary (2017) A corpus analysis of Halliday’s interpersonal metafunction in first-year, first-semester writing as a way of affirming or negating their characterisation of their own writing as factual. [Chaired Session], I Congreso Internacional sobre Análisis de Corpus del Discurso Académico, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) , 22-NOV-17 - 24-NOV-17 [Details]
2007 Research on Writing Practices: Consequences for the Teaching of Writing and Learner Outcomes,
O'Sullivan, Í and Cleary, L. (2007) A One-day Symposium on Writing and Writing Pedagogy. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Research on Writing Practices: Consequences for the Teaching of Writing and Learner Outcomes, University of Limerick , 03-DEC-07 - 03-DEC-07 [Details]
2007 AISHE - All Ireland Society for Higher Education Conference, 2007,
Lawrence Cleary, Caroline Graham, Catherine Jeanneau and Íde O’Sullivan (2007) The potential of a writing centre in developing academic and professional writing. [Oral Presentation], AISHE - All Ireland Society for Higher Education Conference, 2007, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland , 30-AUG-07 - 31-AUG-07 [Details]
2007 5th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning: Learning Technologies, June 7/8, 2007,
Lawrence Cleary (2007) Revisiting the Silent Way in Online Approaches to Learning Sentence Structure in Academic Writing Tasks. [Oral Presentation], 5th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning: Learning Technologies, June 7/8, 2007, NUI Galway , 07-JUN-07 - 08-JUN-07 [Details]
2007 Research on Writing Practices: Consequences for the Teaching of Writing and Learner Outcomes,
Cleary, L., Graham, C., Jeanneau, C. and O’Sullivan, Í. (2007) A One Day Symposium on Writing and Writing Pedagogy. [Oral Presentation], Research on Writing Practices: Consequences for the Teaching of Writing and Learner Outcomes, University of Limerick , 03-DEC-07 - 03-DEC-07 [Details]
2008 Writing Development in Higher Education Conference 2008,
Cleary, L. (2008) Bi-annual Conference on Writing and Writing Pedagogy. [Oral Presentation], Writing Development in Higher Education Conference 2008, Strathclyde, UK , 08-FEB-08 - 08-FEB-08 [Details]
2008 3RD Inter – Institutional Retention Colloquium,
Cleary, L. and Herron, P. (2008) ‘New perspectives on retention in further and higher education’. [Poster Presentation], 3RD Inter – Institutional Retention Colloquium, Absolute Hotel, Limerick , 26-SEP-08 - 26-SEP-08 [Details]
2012 The Written Word: Writing, Publishing and Communication in Higher Education,
Cleary, L; Hennessy, J (2012) Engaging students in writing as a method for active learning. [Invited Lecture], The Written Word: Writing, Publishing and Communication in Higher Education, Galway , 07-JUN-12 - 08-JUN-12 [Details]
2016 Corpora and Discourse International Conference,
Lawrence Cleary (2016) Corpus-based and corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) investigate the employment of corpus techniques to shed light on aspects of language used for communicative purposes or, put another way, to analyse how language is used to (attempt to) influence the beliefs and behaviour of other people. [Chaired Session], Corpora and Discourse International Conference, Siena, Italy , 30-JUN-16 - 02-JUL-16 [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2017 Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 1 of 2).
Cleary, Lawrence (2017) Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 1 of 2). online: Blog [Details]
2017 Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 2 of 2).
Lawrence Cleary (2017) Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 2 of 2). Blog [Details]

Monograph:- Non Peer Reviewed

  Year Publication
2008 Innovations, activities and principles for supporting student writing.
Cleary, L. and O’Sullivan, Í. (2008) Innovations, activities and principles for supporting student writing. Woburn House, 20 - 24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF: Monograph:- Non Peer Reviewed [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Shortlisted for Shannon Consortiums Regional Award for Excellence in Teaching Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Limerick

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing member 01-SEP-07 /
European Writing Center Association Board 07-DEC-16 /
International Writing Center Association At-Large Board 06-JAN-20 /
Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing Member 18-SEP-13 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 University of Limerick MA English Language Teaching
2001 Illinois State University BA American Literature and Writing (Rhetoric and Composition Studies)

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. 

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Doris Pany University of Graz Austria
Elif Demirel Karadeniz Teknik University Turkey
Franziska Liebetanz European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder Germany