Stephanie Payne

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing
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Stephanie Renee Payne teaches for The Writing Program. Payne earned her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a doctoral candidate in educational sustainability with a focus on sustainable educational strategies & diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging & access. Payne is a published fiction and non-fiction writer. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Payne is also a mindfulness practitioner, a board-certified coach, and the author of “ESP: Extreme Self-Pampering for the Soul,” a mindfulness workbook. Payne teaches courses for Mindful USC, and serves as Faculty in Residence in the New North Residential Hall. Past positions include Faculty Senate member, Dornsife Faculty Council Executive Board member & co-chair of the Anti-Bias/DEI Caucus. Payne’s research interests are place-based and experiential learning, the intersection of equity, sustainablity & contemplative practices and translingual writing practices for multilingual learners and those who speak myriad iterations of English.


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 6/2005
  • B.A. Liberal Arts, The New School for Social Research, 6/2000
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • PT Lecturer, Temple University, 2014-08-2016-05
    • Lecturer, The New School University, 2006-01-2011-05
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