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Robin Ranelle Varnum

Robin Ranelle Varnum, American language educator.

Background

  • 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.

    Career

    • 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.

    Works

    • 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.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Anglican

    Membership

    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.

    Personality

    Interests

    Hiking, sewing.

    Connections

    • 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)
    Nationality
    • 1971
      William Jewell College
    • 1977
      University Washington
    • 1992
      University Massachusetts
    • 1971 - 1973
      English teacher, United States Peace Corps
      Afghanistan
    • 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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