Sue Kreke Rumbaugh is associate professor of English at Carlow University.  She teaches course in creative writing (nonfiction and fiction) and professional writing. She also is faculty advisor for the ‘Low Writers, Carlow’s Creative Writing Club.  Her published creative nonfiction and fiction pieces include: “Learning by Wandering” (Western Washington Reflections: Stories from the Puget Sound to Vancouver, History Press, 2013), “Playing Among the Dead and Dying,”  (Western Pennsylvania Reflections, History Press, 2011),  “Stuck in a Music Lesson,” (Bicycle Review, 2010), “Applying Mint Julep and a Hot Pink Story,” (Bicycle Review, 2009), “The Gift of Quiet Joy,” (Story Circle Network, 2011), “Friendship with couple from Paris has transcended nations' political differences” and “If you go: Ill de Porquerolles,” (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2003). Her published professional writing work includes three chapters of Travel Writing Handbook (Leromi Publishing, 2007) and book reviews published on the Coal Hollow Review blog site.  Her story, “The Gift of Quiet Joy,” was a finalist in Women’s Memoirs online writing contest, 2011. She has written two book-length memoirs, “If I Could Tell Her: a daughter’s memoir,” and “The Forever Freshman,” both works in progress.  She has publicly performed her writings for audiences in Pittsburgh, as well as in Carlow, Ireland.  

Prior to university teaching, Sue worked for twenty years writing for newspapers and the nonprofit sector.  Her career path includes marketing, public relations, strategic planning and writing, capital campaigns, major and annual gift giving, special events, and resource development for agencies and universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. These include: Carnegie Mellon University, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, United Jewish Federation, THEOS Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Easter Seal Society, Mainstay Life Services, Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnerships, and many more. She owns her own consulting business assisting nonprofit leadership in developing strategic plans, conducting major gift and capital campaigns as well as providing training for management and agencies’ boards – in fundraising, public relations, marketing, leadership, and followership. Additionally, she provides online creative nonfiction classes in memoir and personal essays, specifically: “The Medical Muse.”  She also conducts and participates in writing workshops as well as assists authors in developing book-length manuscripts.  

Research Interests

Professional Interests: Memoir, Personal Essay, Manuscript Development, Narrative Medicine, “The Medical Muse”