Gretchen Rumohr
Professor of English, Provost's Special Assistant for Curricular Initiatives
(616) 632-2872
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Dr. Gretchen Rumohr is an associate professor of English, department chair, and writing program administrator at Aquinas College. After her graduation from Hope College in 1996, she worked in the publishing industry (Worth and McGraw-Hill) before seeking her teaching certificate. She taught high school English in Wyoming, Michigan, from 1999-2003, working primarily with at-risk students. Her focus on at-risk writers continued throughout her doctoral studies at Western Michigan University, where she taught methods courses and coordinated the Basic Writing program. Since 2008, Dr. Rumohr has taught at Aquinas College, where she teaches first year composition as well as English education courses. She is an active participant in the ELATE Commission on the Teaching of Adolescent Literature as well as the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), and presents regularly at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference. In addition, she has published articles in Voices from the Middle, Middle Grades Review, and Language Arts Journal of Michigan, written chapters for several edited collections such as Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Content Areas: Social Science and Humanities, and published poetry in Paterson Literary Review. She is also a regular reviewer for Language Arts Journal of Michigan and top-tier NCTE journals, and a regular contributor to the YA Wednesday Blog. Her most recent efforts involve the topic of gun violence and have resulted in a co-edited collection titled Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom. Dr. Rumohr lives in Zeeland, Michigan with her four daughters and a tiny baby Yorkshire Terrier.


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.Ed., Aquinas College
  • B.S., Hope College