Robbie Clifton Pinter (Ed.D., Vanderbilt University) is a Professor of English. She teaches courses in most genres of life writing, such as The Journal, Autiobiography, and Memoir. Dr. Pinter also focuses on teaching writing that connects the writer's inner urge to write with community needs such as the environment, faith, education, and spirituality. In all her courses, she works with students to give them real life writing practice. She publishes about life writing and its connection to contemplation and action in both academic and non-academic publications. in 2004, she published For This Child I Prayed, a memoir that tells the story of open adoption. Her most recent writing and teaching interests focus on how writing works in social change and spirituality. Some of these course topics follos: "Faith-Fire Writing," "Writing Matters: Community Writing awith Refugee Resettlement and 12S Public Library," and "Writing to Change the World." Her work as a spiritual director supports her teaching. Dr. Pinter won the campus-wide presidential Faculty Achievement Award in 2006 and was one of three faculty members to receive the first Tower Award for her contribution to campus life in 2003.