Dr. Patrick Manning is a lecturer in the Penn Critical Writing Program. He was first introduced to the teaching of writing as an undergraduate tutor in a university writing center. After graduating with a BA, Dr. Manning worked as a project manager at a small market research firm; his projects focused on local restaurant customer satisfaction, and he regularly conducted market research, synthesized customer feedback, and presented professional reports to clients. Following that position, Dr. Manning worked as a university administrator. There, he was often responsible for preparing research-based reports for submission to decision-makers. In his university position, Dr. Manning was also responsible for writing web copy and managing social media accounts. He returned to school and earned a PhD from McMaster University in English and Cultural Studies. His doctoral research explored working class literature and culture in 21st century America, with a specific focus on the deindustrialized Midwest. Outside of his current work as a lecturer, Dr. Manning is involved in numerous non-profit community organizations. In this capacity, he has developed experience writing for non-profits, including grant applications, web design and copy, social media posts, annual reports, fundraising requests, and various types of professional communication. His community work has led Dr. Manning to a new research project that explores best practices for parent and family groups to advocate for public school students, faculty, and staff.
Lecturer in Critical Writing, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing