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Kat Bell

Professional History:

Kat began working in writing centers as an undergraduate consultant in 1999. After finishing her undergraduate degrees in English and English Education, Kat went on to teach high school English (literature, composition, and reading), as well as debate and sociology, for nearly a decade.  While she was teaching at the secondary level, she was awarded a fellowship to attend Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English, where she completed an M.A. in English.  Kat initially pursued a Ph.D. in literature, but switched to rhetoric/composition, with a focus in writing center studies when she realized that was where her passion was. Her dissertation research asks how graduate writing center consultants are prepared for their work, and what they perceive as short and long-term benefits of that work. 

As the Director of the Ruth Barton Writing Center, Kat oversees daily operations, works with the staff to create and embody the mission of the Writing Center, and engages both faculty and staff in professional development.  She offers in-class workshops for faculty and partners with other campus departments to offer support for various writing projects.

Kat works with:

  • Student referrals from Accessibility Resources
  • Faculty
  • Off-Campus students
  • Thesis writers
  • MAT students

Current Academic Interests and Scholarly Work:

  • Training and professional development of writing center employees
  • Writing program administration and writing at small liberal arts colleges
  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom pedagogies

Personal Activities and Interests:

  • Coaching roller derby
  • Horror & graphic novels
  • Dance
  • Diesel Heinrich - her 11 year old Weimaraner



    B.A. – English, Southern Illinois University

    B.S. – Education, Southern Illinois University

    M.A. – Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English

    Ph.D. – Rhetoric and Compositions, Southern Illinois University