Dr. Wrye Sententia has been teaching with the University Writing Program since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in English and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature with additional training in multilingual education and in the neuroscience of learning. She values differences at an individual and collective level, such as how people from different cultures and in different disciplines approach their ways of thinking, being, and writing. She enjoys working with students from across majors to improve their writing and to deepen their understanding of their own writing process. To help her students cultivate positive habits and professional successes through their writing, Dr. Sententia brings to the classroom: her experience as a reflective teacher, her humility as a lifelong learner, and her encouragement as students' writing guide, on the side.
She also serves as a professional consultant in writing. As a community volunteer, she advocates for interior well-being to better tackle external challenges in school or work, including assisting English Language Learners and ESL students in K-12 classrooms. Trained as an intercultural communicator, Dr. Sententia actively uses these skills to help young students and advanced-degree, immigrant professionals to get jobs in the US (or to finish their advanced degrees). She generally enjoys exploring obstacles that people face in work and in life, and in helping others in pursuit of their life desires and inspired projects.
Before joining the University Writing Program (UWP), Dr. Sententia co-founded a national, educational law and policy center devoted to protecting core personal and civil rights at the intersection of cutting-edge neuroscience. For the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, she served as a principal director and spokesperson for this organization and did a lot more. Still serving on the Board of this organization, she remains interested in how cognition and freedom intersect. She has presented extensively on neuroethics and public policy, advocating for protected freedoms generally, and for freedom of thought in particular.
Dr. Sententia is married to Richard Glen Boire, Esq., who does both law and art, and with whom, she lives in Davis, where she and Richard are currently raising their two curious children, Finn and Tesla. Dr. Sententia values her local and extended network of friends, family, supportive colleagues, and inspired students, with whom "spanning time" (V. Gallo) is both rich and exhilarating.
In 2016, Dr. Sententia was awarded the University of California's Excellence in Teaching Award, a recognition that she accepts with gratitude, even as she humbly recognizes the unacknowledged excellence of so many of her colleagues.