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Andrea Leary

Teaching Professor, Internship Coordinator
Andrea Leary


Andrea Leary is a Lecturer and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Writing where she has been teaching for the last 25 years. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, she earned her doctorate from the University of Delaware. In all of her classes, her goal is to guide her students toward excellence in writing while keeping the Jesuit mission of “men and women for and with others” in their thoughts.

Over the past 12 years, a main focus has included creating community partnerships and service-learning opportunities for her students. Her students have worked with and for The Arc, on behalf of our neighbors with disabilities, Baltimore Reads and Strong City Baltimore, with adult students working toward improved literacy, Tunbridge Charter School, with elementary and middle school students, and Maryland New Directions, with adults seeking job training and employment. Her students have had the opportunity to publish their work in newsletters, the “Baltimore Reads Gazette” and “Tunbridge to Reading,” and a book, Dare to Believe.

For the Loyola community, her students often write for New Hounds—a website packed with information for incoming first-years. You can find it at Margaret Mead’s reminder guides her teaching: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Courses Taught

  • WR100 Effective Writing
  • WR220 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • WR320 Art of the Argument
  • WR327 Civic Literacy
  • WR402 Interim Internship Director  
  • WR322 Gendered Rhetoric  
  • Service-learning options


  • Dare to Believe: Exceptional Stories of Hope, Courage, Faith & Determination. Collaboration with Civic Literacy students and Baltimore Reads, Baltimore, MD:  Apprentice House, 2014. 
  • “In Pursuit of The Magis: Ilona McGuiness. Loyola Magazine. 24 July 2015. Web.
  • “In Service of Spirit” with Lia Purpura. Loyola. April 2010.
  • “The Potential This Day May Hold:  Helen Whall.” Holy Cross Magazine. 39.3 (Summer 2005).
  • “Charlotte Perkins Gilman as a Master of Audience: Newspaper Reviewers Expose a Radical Lecturer,” Resources in American Literary Study Vol. 30, 2005.