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Adrien Lowery, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of English
Phone: (626) 815-3826
Adrien Lowery received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California and her B.A. from Biola University. In addition to teaching, she has been involved in writing center development and administration for nearly 15 years, finding true pleasure in empowering writers to discover their strengths. Her professional and research interests include the development of writers—their identities, creative process, family and gender politics in writing, and the influence of social communities on the individual identity. Her literary interests lie in women’s literature, Renaissance drama, American and Canadian writers, and Celtic culture.

She presents on topics involving the intersection of faith and the writing process, developing effective pedagogy, helping students avoid plagiarism, and other topics regarding writing center development. Lowry is writing a collection of essays for a book on sexual purity titled The Mating Habits of Pandas: Passion and Abstinence for the Endangered Species Who Wait. She is also working on another book addressing the influence of needle crafting on literature and social change titled Knit One, Heal Too: Social Change Through the Simple Act of Knitting.

Her favorite novel is Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood because it is comforting to know that not all writers can control their characters or themselves.


Ph.D. - English, University of Southern California, 2001
M.A. - English, University of Southern California, 1991
B.A. - English, (minors in Journalism and Theology), Biola University, 1987


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • English


  • Celtic Culture
  • English
  • Plagiarism
  • Social Change Through the Simple Act of Knitting
  • Writing

Courses Taught

ENGL 211 – Introduction to Film
ENGL 304 – Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENGL 344 – American Literature to 1865
ENGL 361 – Freelance Magazine Article Writing
ENGL 377 – Shakespeare
ENGL 488 – Significant Authors
ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing Seminar

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

“(Mis)Perceptions of Plagiarism: Bridging the Gap Between Our Students and Their Sources.” Conference on College Communication Composition, March 2005, San Francisco.

"Beyond Gotcha: Plagiarism-Resistant Assignments and Engaging Pedagogy." Faculty Development Seminar, Azusa Pacific University, March 2004.

"Divine Nature: Reading Ourselves in Ecology." Panel presentation, Conference on Christianity and Literature, January 2005, Santa Barbara.

"What I Really Wanted: Getting What We Want from Our Students’ Writing Assignments.” Faculty Development Seminar, Azusa Pacific University, March 2004.

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Stamps Foundation Grants (for Writing Center Development), 1997-98
Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honor Society, 1987

Special Interests and Activities

Writing pedagogy and writing in the disciplines
Identity formation (and in females)
Multiple-genre writers
Women’s meta-fiction
Regional writers in North America

Office Hours

M/W/F 10:30-11:30am

Office Location

William V. Marshburn Memorial Library, Room 127, East Campus

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