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Kathleen Black, Ph.D.

Director of Eagle Scholars Honors Program

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Nazareth Hall 3139

651-631-5302

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 (2013-2017)
  • 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 (1985-l999)
  • Coordinator, English Education (1988-1989)

Education

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

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