Dr. Wrye Sententia has taught writing for over 15 years at UC Davi. She enjoys helping people of all sorts to improve their writing and guides them to a deepen their understanding of their own writing process in pursuit of their goals but also in pursuit of self-awareness. She is committed to helping her students cultivate lasting positive insights that can carry benefits well-beyond their writing.
She holds a Ph.D. in English and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature with additional training in the neuroscience of learning, motivational psychology, multilingual and cultural competency. In the classroom, she constantly revises her own approach to improve it--to make learning accessible to all of her students, recognizing that we each hail from a different past and see through different lenses.
She believes that by doing what you can from where you are, you can make a positive impact to reduce problems of the world. She values her relationships with mutually supportive colleagues, neighbors, parents, and people in her communities. Currently she's learning to sing and enjoys rehearsing with the Davis Chapter of The Threshold Choir.
Mentoring high school students, college students and advanced-degree candidates is another passion. She advocates for English Language Learners and their parents; and has represented these families' interests to the DJUSD through DELAC and ELAC positions. She also volunteers for Upwardly Global, a program helping immigrant and refugee professionals with US career opportunities. Generally, she enjoys exploring ways around perceived obstacles that allow for bridges--more understanding and more opportunities to heal our world.
Before joining the University Writing Program (UWP), Dr. Sententia co-founded a national nonprofit, and co-created the term "cognitive liberty." The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) was an educational law and policy center devoted to protecting core personal values (freedom of thought) at the intersection of cutting-edge neuroscience and 21st-century technologies. It's work was controversial at the time. For the CCLE, she served as a director and principal spokesperson for five years. For the CCLE, she addressed controversies in 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 less and less law, and more and more art. With her husband, she lives in Davis, California, and is a proud parent of their two curious children, Finn (UC Berkeley, Class of 2022) and Tesla (named for the inventor, not the car). Together, her family finds inspiration in nature, especially by the only undammed river in California, and in doing what they can to arrest global warming.
In 2016, Dr. Sententia was awarded the University of California's Excellence in Teaching Award, a campus recognition that she accepts with gratitude, even as she humbly recognizes the unacknowledged excellence of so many of her deserving colleagues.