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Department of English

Sue Lorch, PhD


PhD, English, University of Louisville, 1976 


Sue Lorch received her BA in English cum laude from the University of Kentucky, where she was elected to membership in Delta Epsilon Upsilon, the University’s English honor society. She earned the PhD in Renaissance Drama at the University of Louisville (1976) where she was chosen for an English Speaking Union fellowship at the University of London. Before joining the UofSC Aiken faculty in 1977, Dr. Lorch served as the founding Director of UL’s Writing Center.

In 1981, Dr. Lorch authored a pioneering, process–oriented basic writing text. Although she declined politely (and perhaps foolishly) to do a third edition, the second (1985) stayed in print until 1998. She has presented numerous workshops and papers on writing pedagogy and the cultural contexts of writing. During a 1991 sabbatical, she developed a course on literature, media, and culture which she continues to teach. She has worked to support improvements in writing pedagogy, humanities instruction, and cultural studies across the state, primarily as a successful ($700,000 outright), collaborative grant writer. Most recently she has published two pieces of creative non-fiction about breast cancer.

During her years at UofSC Aiken, Dr. Lorch developed a secondary specialty in women’s studies and women’s writing. With Dr. Trudy Henson, Sociology, she developed and team taught a course in women’s issues, and for the English Department, she established and continues to teach a survey course in women writers. She has authored many papers on the presentation of women in language and literature, and she coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Both statewide and at UofSC Aiken , Dr. Lorch has served on commissions, committees and task forces too numerous to mention. She served as advisor to Broken Ink, the UofSC Aiken literary and fine arts magazine for six years (1997-2003), and administered the English Department for five years (1981-1986).