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educator , English language professional

Robin Ranelle Varnum, American English language professional, educator.


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


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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hiking, sewing.


Married Juris Zagarins, May 28, 1978. Children: Sofija E. Zagarins, Marija S. Zagarins.

George W. Varnum Vaughan

Rosemary (Purdy) Vaughan

Juris Zagarins

Sofija E. Zagarins Varnum

Marija S. Zagarins Varnum