Kitty Burroughs

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Dr. Kitty S. C. Burroughs

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-0539
Email: sburrou@bgsu.edu
Address: 325 East Hall

What is the purpose of writing if it is not to convey something meaningful to ourselves, even in retrospect, and to others? We write to document our thoughts and feelings, and we write to communicate ideas that are important. Sometimes we write, so we do not forget. At a time when the world around us is so polluted with all kinds of noise, sound bites that surround us with infinite amounts of information, and when we are so preoccupied with so many things that require our attention, we need to pause—and to reflect on our existence. Why are we here?

Writing allows for the quiet time that we need to think and to reflect—on our past, present, and future. We write to answer all those “why” questions, even when we may not reach any satisfying answer. We write to make sense of things. We write to validate ourselves. And we write because in the act of writing, we, hopefully, are honest with ourselves, and we think critically; and with that act, we can begin to solve problems.

Because writing is so many things to so many students, including fear and frustration, writing must be viewed and practiced as a process. Students should know why they are writing and find meaning in what they choose to write about. And as students discover themselves through writing, they will learn to own their writing, for writing is a reflection of who they are. I wish my students to have the ability to sift through and to understand their own thoughts as well as information available to them, to constructively analyze the ideas in order to make informed decisions, and to convey important messages to their community through clear and purposeful writing—for these are their responsibilities as active participants in this global community.

 

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General Studies Writing Workshops

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Amy Cook, and Chad Van Buskirk. “Best Practices for Teaching ESOL Students in GSW Courses.” ENG 6020, September 24, 2015.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Holly Bird, and Susan Carlton. "Why Writing about Writing and How to Create and Incorporate WAW Assignments."  GSW Welcome Back Brunch and Teaching Symposium, August 13, 2015.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Amy Cook, and Chad Van Buskirk. “Best Practices for Teaching ESOL Students in GSW Courses.” ENG 6020 Orientation, August 21, 2014.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Amy Cook, and Chad Van Buskirk. “Best Practices for Teaching ESOL Students in GSW Courses.” GSW Welcome Back Brunch and Teaching Symposium, August 19, 2014.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Matt Jurak, and Dawn Hubbell-Staeble.  “Writing in General Education Faculty Group Report.”  GSW Welcome Back Brunch and Teaching Symposium, August 20, 2013.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “English 6020 Job Search Process Panel.”  January 24, 2013.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “High School/GSW Interviews.”  May 15, 2009.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Special Guest Star in ENG 602.”  2004, 2008.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C. and Dawn Hubbell-Staeble.  “Helping the ESL Student Learn and Cope in the Composition Classroom.” Annual Summer Retreat for GSW Instructors.  July 27, 2005.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C. and Dawn Hubbell-Staeble.  “Help, I Have an International Student and I Don’t Know What To Do!” Developmental Session for GSW Instructors.  March 4, 2005.

 

Bowling Green State University Workshops

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Ethan Jordan, and Matt Jurak.  “Writing in a Non-writing Classroom.” Center for Faculty Excellence Fall Workshops.  September 5, 2013.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Matt Jurak, and Amanda McGuire Rzicznek.  “Writing in a Non-writing Classroom.” Center for Faculty Excellence Fall Workshops.  August 21, 2013.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Revision Strategies.” The Learning Commons Spring Workshops.  April 10, 2012.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Demystifying Academic Writing Expectations.”  First-Year Success Series, The Learning Commons.  September 9, 2011.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “You Gotta Agree with Me: Strategies for Argumentation.”  Writing Center Workshop.  September 24, 2009.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “How We Model Academic Honesty: Tips from Faculty for Students.”  The Fall Writing Center Series.  September 4, 2008.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Teaching Audience Analysis: How to Overcome Generalization of Audience?”  Writers Lab Workshop.  November 19-20, 2001.

 

Conference Papers

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Cheryl Hoy, Chad Van Buskirk, and Elizabeth Zemanski. “Embracing Difference and Interrogating Disciplinary Boundaries: A First-Year Writing Program’s Approach to Promoting Inclusivity Within and Beyond the Classroom.” International Writing across the Curriculum Conference, University of Michigan, MI, June 24, 2016.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C. “Identifying WID Beyond First-Year Writing.” Panel on “Exploring WID in First-Year Writing: Navigating Initiatives, Assessment Practices, and Resistance.”  North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, NC, February 28, 2015.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C. “Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration: Promoting Uniform Assessment.” International Writing across the Curriculum Conference, University of Minnesota, MN, June 14, 2014.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C., Cheryl Hoy, and Kellie Sharp.  “Cultivating Status, Identity, and Satisfaction in a Place of Our Own: An Independent First-Year Writing Program Comes of Age.”  North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, NC, February 10, 2012. http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/fchandbook/documents/2012_symposium_program.pdf

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “ESL Errors in the Composition Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Helping International Students.”  A Forum on Composition, Bowling Green State University, November 9, 2006.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Threat to Communal Identities: Interpreting the Audience as ‘It’ and ‘We.’” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, CO, March 14-17, 2001.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Re-imagining Diversity: Exploration and Writing about Different Audiences.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, MN, April 12-15, 2000 (accepted).

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "The Visible/Invisible Job Search: Specializations and Their Impact on Marketing Oneself as a Rhetoric PhD."  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1999.         

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "Redefining Literacy through Diversifying Writing: Three Perspectives of Power Relations."  Thirtieth Anniversary Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America: "Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village," Pittsburgh, PA, June 4-7, 1998.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "The Search for Self-Empowerment of an Apprentice WPA: From Breaking Down Resistance to Training as Epistemic."  Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Summer Conference, Houghton, MI, July 17-20, 1997.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  “Teaching Democracy in a Writing Classroom: Inclusion, Participation, and Responsibility."  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Phoenix, AZ, March 12-15, 1997.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "Diversifying the Models of Audience: Reviewing the Writer and the Space between the Writer and the Audience."  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI, March 27-30, 1996.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "Revising Attitude and Raising Consciousness: The Writing Center Promotes Collaborative Learning."  The Tenth Annual Conference in Peer Tutoring in Writing, Grand Rapids, MI, 1993.

Burroughs, Kitty S. C.  "Effective Transitions: High School Writing and College Writing."  Iowa Student as Critic Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, April 3, 1992.