Pamela Todoroff is a writer and writing instructor who fervently believes in the power of well-chosen words to change the world. For almost a decade she has focused her student writers on precision over obscure verbiage so they can successfully articulate their brilliant ideas. Pamela’s pedagogy is heavily influenced by her extensive professional and corporate writing experiences. While her teaching absorbs the majority of her efforts, Pamela is committed to completing and publishing her two manuscripts (a memoir and a legacy project), being a devoted baba to fabulous twins, and training her Akita rescue to behave. She accomplishes it all with a heavy dose of humor, a serving of fine chocolate, and a splash of red wine.
143 O'Dowd Hall
B.A. History, Northwestern University
M.Liberal Arts, American Culture, University of MI
M.A., Comp & Rhet, University of MI-Flint
Certificate of Organizational Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Notre Dame Institute
After composing dreadfully sappy poetry in high school and insufferable academic essays throughout college, it wasn’t until I attempted to make a living by creating combinations of words that I learned the true nature of a genuinely skilled writer. During many years as a free-lance writer, generating everything from marketing copy for small businesses to newsletters for private schools, I learned the business of writing. Some of my articles began to appear in regional publications and in weekly newspapers. Eventually I was responsible for train-the-trainer materials, risk management policies, annual reports, media releases and client correspondence at a financial institution. Now my free-lance and corporate communication background seasons my academic training in composition and rhetoric so that both practical as well as theoretical experiences enhance every classroom, every assignment.
I ask students to explore visual rhetoric, from both the beholder and the creator viewpoints. Some other favorite assignments: the Argument SLAM, Walking Wikis, and a PSA. I'm working on a project that considers emails as postcards and I'm trying to convert the traditional portfolio assignment into a chapbook.
Pamela Todoroff began teaching at OU in 2012.