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April Heaney

Senior Lecturer for the Department of English, LeaRN DirectorApril Heaney

Hoyt 329,


April Heaney is a lecturer in the departments of English and Creative Writing as well as director of the Learning Resource Network (LeaRN) Program at UW. She teaches courses in composition, creative non-fiction, and professional writing. In her role as LeaRN director, April works with academic success and transition programs for all undergraduate students, including high risk and underrepresented student populations. LeaRN programs include Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs), Synergy Program, STEP tutoring and supplemental instruction, Summer Bridge, and faculty enrichment programs (


M.A., University of Wyoming

B.A., University of Wyoming

Recent and Upcoming Courses

College Composition & Rhetoric

Composition and Rhetoric II: College & Career

Introduction to Non-Fiction

Writing for Public Forums

Selected Publications

Heaney, April, and Joyce Stewart. “Admissions rhetoric and academic self-efficacy: The importance of first-communications for conditionally-admitted students.” Journal of College Admission. 2012.

Heaney, April and Rick Fisher. “Supporting Conditionally-Admitted Students: A Case Study of Assessing Persistence in a Learning Community.” Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(1). 2011.

Belanger, Kelly and April Heaney. “Critical Pedagogy as Socially Progressive Research: Challenging Programmatic and Institutional Traditions.” Socially Progressive Research Methodologies. Eds. Katy Powell and Pamela Takayoshi. Hampton Press. 2010.

Knievel, Michael, April Heaney, and Meg Wood. “Bucking the Rules: Teaching Grammar “Wrong” for the Right Results in Technical Communication Consulting.” IEEE: Professional Transactions. 2009.

Heaney, April. “The Synergy Program: Reframing Critical Reading and Writing for At-Risk Students.” Journal of Basic Writing. 2006.

Selected Awards

2014. National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate.

2012. Extraordinary Merit in Teaching, University of Wyoming

2009. Beatrice Gallatin Beuf Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Freshman Teaching. University of Wyoming.

2007. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, Synergy Program.

2004. Conference on Basic Writing Award For Innovation, Synergy Program. Conference on College Composition and Communication.

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