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Robin Ranelle Varnum

Robin Ranelle Varnum, American language educator.


  • Varnum, Robin Ranelle was born on May 8, 1950 in Pasadena, California, United States. Daughter of George W. Varnum and Rosemary (Purdy) Vaughan.

  • Education

    • AB, William Jewell College, 1971. Master of Arts, University Washington, 1977. Doctor of Education, University Massachusetts, 1992.


    • English teacher United States Peace Corps, Afghanistan, 1971-1973. Library technician University Washington Library., Seattle, 1974-1977. Instructor Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1978-1990, Holyoke (Massachusetts) Community College, 1991-1992.

      Associate fellow Institute for Advanced Study University Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992—1995. Instructor American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1993—2004, assistant professor English, 2004—2006, chairman English department, since 2006, associate professor, since 2009.


    • Author: Fencing with Words: A History of Writing Instruction at Amherst College During the Era of Theodore Biard, 1938-1966, 1996. Co-editor (with Christina T. Gibbons): The Language of Comics: Word and Image, 2001. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Anglican


    Publicity apprentice Seattle Opera, 1977. Freelance writer Springfield Magazine, 1978. Publicity assistant Stage West Theater, Springfield, 1978-1979.

    Newsletter editor Massasoit Montessori School, Springfield, 1982-1983. Member McKnight Neighborhood Council, Springfield, 1978-1990, Special Committee on Racial Balance, Springfield, 1982-1983, MAgnet School Advisory Committee, Springfield, 1986-1987. Clerk of vestry St. Peter's Epsicopal Church, Springfield, 1995-1997.

    Member National Council Teachers English, Appalachian Mountain Club.



    Hiking, sewing.


    • Married Juris Zagarins, May 28, 1978. Children: Sofija E. Zagarins, Marija S. Zagarins.
    • father: George W. Varnum Vaughan
    • mother: Rosemary (Purdy) Vaughan
    • spouse: Juris Zagarins
    • children: Sofija E. Zagarins Varnum
    • Marija S. Zagarins Varnum
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    Born May 8, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1971
      William Jewell College
    • 1977
      University Washington
    • 1992
      University Massachusetts
    • 1971 - 1973
      English teacher, United States Peace Corps
    • 1974 - 1977
      library technician University Washington Library
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1978 - 1990
      instructor, Western New England College
      Springfield, Missouri, United States
    • 1991 - 1992
      instructor, Western New England College
    • 1992 - 1995
      associate, fellow Institute for Advanced Study University Massachusetts
      Amherst, Ohio, United States
    • 1993 - 2004
      instructor, American International College
      Springfield, Missouri, United States
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