Sara N. Beam, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Sara N. Beam, Ph.D.

Applied Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Undergraduate Writing Program Director


Sara N. Beam (they/she), Ph.D., is an applied (teaching) professor of English who specializes in first-year writing, writing for the professions, disability justice, teaching with writing, institutional memory, indigenous studies, and place-based learning. Beam currently co-leads The PSIG Project — Identifying and Honoring the Students of the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls, the Indigenous Boarding School that became The University of Tulsa.

Awards and Honors

  • Summer Faculty Training Institute Fellow with The University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and iNjustice (TITAN) for development of Historical Trauma and Transformation (H2): A Place-Based Humanities Minor (Summer 2023)
  • Oklahoma Center for Humanities Faculty Fellow (2022-2023)
  • True Blue Neighbors Service Learning Teaching Fellowship (2019)


  • B.A., Hendrix College
  • M.A., The University of Tulsa
  • Ph.D., The University of Tulsa

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Critical disability studies
  • Personal narrative writing
  • Composition pedagogy
  • Writing program administration
  • Writing for digital environments
  • Indigenous boarding school history and education