Profile - Kelly Meyer

Instructor Profile

Meet Kelly Meyer
Instructor of English

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English and the Teaching of English, Idaho State University; Master of Arts (MA) degree in Literature, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, University of South Dakota

Question and Answer

  • Question

    What is your approach to teaching?


    As much as possible, I try to build concepts through texts of all types, examples that arise from students' worlds, and collaboratively constructed definitions that the class works through together. It's usually just a matter of time before we end up back at the idea of storytelling and trying to relate what we're doing, whether it's analysis or research or argument, to the instincts we have as humans to communicate by stories.

  • Question

    How would you describe what happens during one of your most successful classes?


    My favorite class session is when discussion runs wild in all the most illuminating ways and I only cover half of what I planned. Students often build connections in ways I don't anticipate or hadn't even thought of, and it's exhilarating to be a part of that.

  • Question

    What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?


    Reading for class but also for pleasure; I love when students discover those can be one and the same.

Fun Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    I'm excited to find ways to root diverse literature even more firmly to my teaching. I'm in the midst of research to assess how literature can be a valuable pathway for students to prepare themselves for culturally rich futures.

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