Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam
Teaching Instructor

Writing Department office, 3rd floor

ARC Building, Busch Campus

By appointment


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Book Launch & Book Talk, “How to Get Published: My Story,” DeVry University, Feb 1, 2019.

An Appraisal of Critical Theories and Presentation of the Intercultural Dialectic, Book Talk, Seton Hall University, Mar 30, 2019


Towards a New Intercultural Comparative Dialectic, Brown Bag book talk

What Comparing Four plays Revealed About Indian and Nigerian Cultural History: Closing A Gap in Scholarship on Postcolonial Drama

Changing Dramaturgies, Changing Interculturalities: A Tale of Two Postcolonies

When English becomes english: Sensitizing students to the politics of language through a reading from New Postcolonial Dialectics

Piloting a new research pathway into comparative criticism: Or why Postcolonial Critical Theories Need to be Reframed for Diversity and Inclusion



“Publish or Perish: The Pedagogy and the Design of my Writing for Publication Course,” Under Review.

 “Moving Towards Pedagogy Plus: Using Social Media Technologies In Writing For The Real World   Classrooms,” Under Review. 

“Transposing R.E.A.L Principles on the Project Writing Pyramid: Towards a Repurposed Dialectic for Training Professional Writing Students,” Under Review

 "Transformative Pedagogy & Student Voice: Using Empowerment, Awareness, and Scaffolding Principles in Teaching Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Writing," Under Review


“Moving towards an OER Pedagogy: Presenting Three Ways Of Using Open Educational Resources(OER) in the Professional Writing Classroom,” 2The International Journal of Open Educational Research. Spring 2020.


“Encounters and Exchanges: An Intercultural Interrogation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Dramaturgy in Muktadhara in Rabindranath Tagore and the Indian Dramatic Performance Traditions. Edited by Arnab Bhattacharya and Mala Renganathan, Anthem, 2019.

“Infographics in Teaching and Writing: Best Practices” DeVry University Journal of Scholarly Research 4.1(2018)

“Getting the Job: A Book review of How to Get into a Professor’s Shoes.” DeVry University Journal of Scholarly Research, 3.1(2016): 50-52. 

 “A Learner-Centered Pedagogy to Facilitate and Grade Online Discussions in Writing Courses.” Writing & Pedagogy 5.2 (2013): 269-99. Available at 

“Transposing Information Theory on Ghosh’s Dialectics:   Critiquing The Calcutta Chromosome’s Futurological Vision.” International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 6.2 (2013): 249 -260. 

 “Amitav Ghosh: Novelist, Writer and Intellectual Activist.” Great Lives from History: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Vol 1, Ed. Gary Okihiro. Ipswich: Salem Press, 2012. 

“The De Debate: Cultural Politics and De’s Novels.” In the Fiction of Shobha De. Ed.Jaydipshinh Dodiya. New Delhi: Prestige books, 2000:  31-6. 

 “Dramatic Strategies and the Post-Colonial Condition: A Comparative Study of the Nigerian and the Indian Theatrical situation.” Commonwealth Literature: Recent Perspectives. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1999: 36-45. 

 “Who is a Better Feminist-the rural Parboti or the Urban Romola?: A Study of Ashapurna Debi’s Distant Windows.” Indian Women Novelists. Ed. R. K. Dhawan.  New Delhi: Prestige, 1995:  35-149.

“What’s New About the New Theater?: A Comparative Study of Badal Sircar’s Procession with Wole Soyinka’s The Road as Post–colonial Theatre.” New Directions in Indian Drama. Eds. Sudhakar Pandey & Freya Barua. New Delhi:  Prestige, 1994: 72-84. 

“Cultural Encounters and National Character: A Comparative Study of the Myth of the American and the Indian Frontier.” Closing of the American Frontier: A Centennial Retrospect, 1890-1990. Ed. David E Harrell. Hyderabad: American Studies Research Center, 1994: 1-26.

Whither African-English Literature?” African Literature Today. Ed. R.K.Dhawan. New Delhi: Prestige, 1994.

“How ‘Red’ is ‘Black’?: An Analysis of the Relationship of the African-American Movement with Marxism.” Literature and Politics in Twentieth Century America.  Ed. Glen Johnson. Hyderabad: American Studies Research Center, 1993:32-40.

“Moving with the Movement: A study of the Inputs, Influences and Interpretations of the American Movement with the African American movement as Manifested in Poetry.” The Commonwealth Review 8.1 (1992-3): 37-48.

 “A tete-a-tete  about African Literature with Bernth Lindfors.” The Commonwealth Review 4.1 (1992-3): 9-18.



“Why OER is poised to revolutionize academia: Offering Best Practices for an OER pedagogy.” New Jersey Writing Alliance Conference, May 2019

“Sharing Insights and Techniques of Creating a Syllabus for Real World writing,” New Jersey College English Association Conference, March 2019.

 "From the Classroom: The Why and the How of the Infographic Wow” NEG Symposium, New Jersey, April 2018                                                     

 "When Learning goes Viral Using social media tools to expand teaching spaces” Explore, Collaborate, Innovate. UMUC conference 2017 Feb 1-2, 2017

“What’s Revolutionary About the Santiniketan style of theater?: An Investigation of  the Dramatics of The Waterfall,” Presented in  and chaired ‘Forms of Postcoloniality’ panel, New Jersey College English Association Conference April 16, 2016.

.“Socializing Virtual learning Spaces: Exploring Pedagogical Affordances of Select Web 2.0 tools”, 47th Annual NeMLA convention, Hartford, Connecticut, Mar 19, 2016.

 “Threads & Trees: Using Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Online Discussion Areas & Peer Review Boards," Online Learning Conference, New Jersey 2013.                        

“Transposing Information Theory on Ghosh’s Dialectics: The Calcutta Chromosome Makes Transhumans,” International Journal of Arts and Sciences' conference, Harvard campus, Boston, 2013. 

"All Things Explained: Demonstrating Use of Taxonomy and Rubrics", OIRT Technology Showcase, New Jersey, 2012.

How less is too less? : Facilitating and Grading Threaded Discussions in Online English Classes” NJEdge Conference 2012.

“THE “WRITE” AND THE “WRONG”: Facilitating and Promoting Student Engagement in Threaded Discussions in an Online Writing Class: New Jersey Writing Alliance, 2012. 

“Virtual Facilitation of Research Projects,” University of Maryland University College Sharefair: Adelphi, Maryland 2011. 

 “Asynchronous Distance Learning Via Internet: Virtual Facilitation of real-world projects,” Twelfth Annual Faculty Best Practices showcase:  New Jersey, 2011.  


I am currently finishing up my second book in the research area of writing pedagogy. It is titled Teaching Academic, Business and Technical Writing Online and Onsite: A Writing Pedagogy Sourcebook. Using a practitioner focus, the book will proffer best practices utilized and validated during the process of successfully steering students in putting together their academic papers and research articles,scientific and  technical proposals or professional and business reports and presentations. The book  particularly fills the need for a helpful sourcebook for online writing instructors.

My doctoral work and research interest are in the area of multiculturalism and the postcolonial condition. While exploring the similitude in the way colonized world civilizations interact with the colonizing culture to produce a new theater that is nationalistic yet richly multicultural, I evolved an intercultural scaffolding or theoretical framework for comparative studies. I applied my intercultural framework to study the cultural encounters as it manifested itself in Indian and Nigerian drama for my pre-doctoral and doctoral research projects.  My work in this area was published as New Postcolonial Dialectics by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U. K.,  in 2019.

Teaching with Social media and Technology: Global Dossiers is the proposed title of my third book. It will be an edited volume  that brings together scholarly discussions by teachers worldwide about how instruction and assessment methods need to be revised while incorporating new technologies and new learning spaces for successfully engaging and preparing post-millennial students for the increasingly technological and global workplace (

I have been designing and teaching online and onsite writing classes since 2008 at Rutgers University. I have contributed to the Graduate Writing Program, by designing and facilitating  Writing the Dissertation,  Writing for Publication & graduate Writing classes and piloting the first Prose Style and Academic writing in East Asian studies courses. I have contributed to the Business and Technical Writing Program by designing onsite and online Scientific and Technical Writing as well as Writing for the Business and Professions classes. I have used Web 2.0 tools and social media spaces, as well as the latest presentation and visualization software in these real-world classes

I specialize in using technology and new media across different learning platforms. I use my certifications in facilitating MOOCs and using concept maps, interactive video tools, open education resources, social media and gamified learning environments on one hand as well as my MBA certificate and experience in e-publishing /corporate communications on the other to enhance the writing classroom. I have shared my practitioner knowledge and best practices in using new technologies as well as in connecting the classroom to the world outside at conferences and seminars.

Before joining Rutgers, I have taught ELL and literature courses at all levels in other universities in the USA and abroad


I have  contributed to the profession as Content expert and Visiting Faculty for graduate and undergraduate literature programs abroad as well as in:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Cogswell college 
  • University of Maryland University College
  • South University 
  • DeVry University
  • Writing for Business & the Professions, onsite and online
  • Scientific & Technical Writing, on-site and online
  • Writing the Dissertation
  • Writing for Publications
  • Prose Style
  • Graduate Writing
  • Academic Writing in East Asian studies


  • University Grant Commission's  Research Fellowship 

M. A

  • Lord Pentland Prize
  • Grigg Memorial Medal



  • Merit scholarship
  • Associate Editor, Watchung Review
  • Member, New Jersey College English Association
  • Life Member, American Studies Research Center
  • Member, Modern Language Association


  • Ph D, University of Poona
  • M Phil, University of Madras
  • M B A(cert), DeVry University


  • Certificate in Journalism,(India)
  • Certificate in Teaching Excellence and in Teaching with Canvas, DeVry University
  • Certificate in Online Instruction, DeVry University
  • Certified TOEIC Rater, Educational Testing Servces
  • Training in WebCT, University of Minnesota,
  • Training in Online Facilitation with E-college, South University
  • Training in Online Teaching with WebTycho & LEO, University ofMaryland University College(UMUC of University of Maryland)
  • Using Google Universe(UMUC of Unviversity of Maryand) 
  • Rubrics & Effective Feedback( UMUC of University of Maryland)
  • Web 2.0 Tools - Sloan-C Institute
  • Learning Environments: Twitter -Sloan-CInstitute
  • Learning Environments: Mobile Apps -Sloan-C Institute
  • Assessment Techniques in Social Media Sloan-C Institute
  •  PowerPointless: Building More Effective Presentations withoutPowerPoint- Sloan-CInstitute 
  • Facilitating MOOCs- Sloan-C Institute
  • Exploring Interactive Video Tools, Sloan-C Institute
  • Infographics for Learning, Online Learning Consortium
  • Finding/Using Open Educational Resources, Online LearningConsortium
  • Designing Developmental Courses, Online Learning Consortium
  • Creating Concept Maps, Online Learning Consortium
  • Screencasting, Online Learning Consortium
  • Developing social media & digital presence,Online Learning Consortium
  • Designing Gamified Learning environments,Online Learning Consortium
  • Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning, Online Learning Consortium


Speaking interests

  • Literature: World Literatures in English, Indian and African Drama, Postcolonialism, New directions in theater, Diaspora Writing
  • Writing: Online teaching strategies, Professional and Technical writing pedagogy, Academic and Graduate Teaching, ELL and developmental English

Interesting Info

  • Traveled to twenty-five countries and counting
  • Know five languages

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