Kathleen Black

Professor of English
Director of Eagle Scholars Honors Program

Kathleen Black

Background

Kathleen Black began teaching at Northwestern in 1981 and has taught a variety of courses in the English Department and in the field of English education.

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (2013-present)
Director of Eagle Scholars Honors Program (2001-present)
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research (2012-2013)
Director of Multidisciplinary Programs (2010-2013)
Chair, Department of English and Literature (l985-l999)
Coordinator, English Education (l988-1989)      

Academic Credentials

Ph. D., English Education, University of Minnesota
M.A., English (Literature), University of Minnesota
B.S., English Education, Taylor University 

Specialty Areas

Ph.D. specialty is in the theory and pedagogy of argumentative writing.
Other specialties are in corporate communication, technical writing, linguistics, and English grammar.

Major Professional Accomplishments

Books
What Bible Sentences Show Us. St. Paul: Kitelko, 2009
Teaching Practical Grammar. St. Paul: Kitelko, 2008
Guide for the Advancing Grammarian: An Exploration of English for Writers and Teachers. Second Edition, St. Paul: Kitelko, 2008.
Guide for the Advancing Grammarian: An Exploration of English for Writers and Teachers. St. Paul: Kitelko, 2005.

Scholarly Articles
“Some Multidisciplinary Practices,” Honors in Practice. Vol. 7. 2011.
“Teaching Technical Writing to High School Students.” Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts. Vol. 41, #2. Spring 2001
“How Students View their Writing: A Visual Representation of Literacy.” Journal of Reading. Oct. 1991
“Audience Analysis and Persuasive Writing at the College Level.” Research in the Teaching of English. October 1989

Awards
Outstanding Service Award, Northwestern College, 2009
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Northwestern College, 1993
Finalist: Promising Researcher Award, 1988 National Council of Teachers of English

Presentations
Keynote Session: “Faculty/Student Collaboration: The Pluses and Possibilities” Northwestern Scholarship Symposium, 2013
“Evaluating Student Writing” Faculty Workshop, 2012
“Honors Colloquium: Being Both Global and Interdisciplinary” Northwestern Scholarship Symposium, May 2012
“Don’t Be Clueless” Address to new students, 2011
“General Tips for Interviewing and Job Hunting,” 2010
“The Honors Program: Being Multidisciplinary and Integrative,” Northwestern Scholarship Symposium, 2009
“On Academic Advising,” Faculty Workshop, 2009
“Integrity and Tension: Honors Mission and Institutional Traditions in Faith-Oriented Institutions,” NCHC National Conference, 2008 
“Hearts and Minds I and II: Honors Education in a Christian Context,” participant, 2007, 2009
“How am I Supposed to Grade THIS??: Strategies for Assessing Written Work,”  Faculty Workshop, 2008
“Get a Life!” Chapel address, 2008
“Raising the Bar: Can We Expect and Get More from Students?” Faculty Workshop, 2007
“Interdisciplinary Innovation,” Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2007
“Looking Through a Lens of Literature at Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code,” Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2006
“Moving Toward Using English Syntactical Analysis for Bible Study,” Faculty Scholarship Symposium, May 2004
“Scoring College Writing for Interdisciplinary Assessment,” 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
“Crafting a Successful Writing Assignment,” Faculty Workshop, 2003
“Parenting 101,” 2000, 2001
“Teaching Technical Writing to High School Students," National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), November 1999
Two Workshops:  “Teaching Writing” National Association of Christian Schools, 1997
“Teaching Literature: Tensions and Challenges” (Consultant) National Council of Teachers of English, March 1995
“Literature Response Journals: Public or Private?” National Council of Teachers of English, November 1994
Presentation: “How to Write and Score Essay Exams,” 1994
“The Christian Teacher in the Secular Classroom” (Collaborative), National Council of Teachers of English, 1994  
“Technical Writing: Changing Styles and Attitudes,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1993  
“The Christian Woman at Work,” 1992, 1993
“Toward Teaching Sentence Skills Inductively and Informally,” Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, 1992  
“Teaching Grammar in Grades 7–12,” Mounds View School District, 1992  
“College Students’ Visual Presentation of Writing Processes:  A Study,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1991  
“Usage, Punctuation and Business Writing,” Writing Seminar, Nov. 1991 
“Freshman Writing Processes:  A Visual Examination,” Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, May 1990 
“Writing Creatively Across the Curriculum,” New Life Christian School, April 1989
“Writing for a Real Audience: Implications for Empowering,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1989  
“Persuasiveness: A Real Audience’s Perspective,” Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, April 1988

 

Contact Information

Office: Nazareth Hall 3139
Phone: 651-631-5302
E-mail: kmblack@unwsp.edu