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From creating the undergraduate special projects course in Vampire Literature to the graduate seminar on American writer Henry James, Mary Y. Hallab has enjoyed developing courses and special programs during her 21 years of service to CMSU. She has retired as professor emerita of English.
Hallab’s career in higher education began in 1965 as an instructor in the English Language and Orientation Program at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. In 1968, she took a teaching post at the American University of Beirut, and continued to work there teaching freshman and sophomore composition until accepting a job in 1985 as an assistant professor of English at CMSU. She climbed the faculty ranks and became a full professor 10 years later.
Her teaching duties covered a wide range of composition and literature courses, including Expository Composition in English as a Second Language, Rhetorical Writing, American Masterpieces, British Masterpieces and History of the English Language, just to name a few. She developed and taught a number of graduate seminars on topics such as Literary Criticism, Austen and Eliot, Gothic Literature, and Darwin and Literature.
She developed a number of course proposals, and also directed writing assessment activities, striving “to make them as painless as possible” for students in the Department of English and Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences. Hallab was involved in numerous committees at the university, college and department levels during her tenure at CMSU.
Preparation for her education career included three degrees from Louisiana State University, bachelor’s, master’s and a doctorate.