John M Brentar, MA
 Title: Associate College Lecturer
Director, Liberal Studies
 Dept: English
 Office: RT 1837
 Phone: 216-687-2222
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1837, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
M.A., English (Creative Writing), Cleveland State University, 1993
B.A., Religion, Case Western Reserve University, 1983
Brief Bio:
John Brentar has taught First-Year Writing classes at CSU since 1993.  He was the Interim Director of First-Year Writing in AY 08-09.

Beyond Rhetoric/Composition, he also has an interest in foreign languages and etymology.
Honors and Awards:
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2015-16
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2016-17
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2017-18
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2019-20
Research Interests:
Teaching Areas:
First-Year Writing
Professional Affiliations:
National Council of Teachers of English
University Service:
English Dept. Committee on Instruction (2008-09, 2023-)
First-Year Writing Subcommittee to the Committee on Instruction, English Dept. (1997-98, 2006-11, 2013-14, 2016-17, 2018-)
English Dept. Search Committees (2012, 2013-14, 2018-19)
English Dept. Faculty Affairs Committee (2014-16, 2022-23)
Curriculum and Instruction Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2015-21, Chair for 2016-21)
Faculty Advisor, Club Baseball (2017-19)
CSU-AAUP Bargaining Council (2019-22, 2023-)
CSU-AAUP Executive Committee (2020-)
CSU-AAUP Nominations and Elections Committee (2023)
Orientation Advisory Board (2008-09)
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Strategic Planning Faculty Focus Group (2014)
Presenter, Freshman Culture Shock Event (2012)
Budget and Planning Committee, College of Arts and Sciences (2022-23)
Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Arts and Sciences (2024)