Dr. Kerrie Farkas

Professor of English/Writing Studies

Dr. Kerrie Farkas

Contact Information


Office: Chryst 201
Phone: (717) 871-7399

Spring 2021

M: 11:00-1:00
T: 11:00-1:00


  • Ph.D. in English with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Kent State University, May 2003
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, The College of New Jersey, 1992
  • B.A. in English, The College of New Jersey, 1992


  • Public and Civic Discourse
  • Civic Engagement
  • Academic, Workplace, and Community Literacy
  • Grounded Theory
  • Discourse Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Composition Theory
  • Empathy

University/Program Connections

  • Civic & Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP)
  • American Democracy Project
  • Writing Studies Committee
  • Curriculum Committee

Community & Club Connections

  • Millersville University's "Day of Caring"
  • Order of the Swans: Harry Potter Alliance Club
  • Water Street Ministries

Passions & Distractions

  • Reading: Historical Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Academic Scholarship on Empathy, Civic Engagement, and Public Discourse
  • Writing: Poetry, Fiction, Academic Scholarship on Citizen Engagement, Civic Discourse, Empathy & Civic Engagement
  • Swimming, Running, Biking, Disc-golfing
  • Bird-watching
  • My kids and my cats

Courses Taught

  • English 672: Graduate Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
  • English 675, Community Writing
  • English 342, Reading & Writing for Civic Change
  • English 316: Business Writing (online and face-to-face)
  • English 311: Advanced Composition
  • English 110: English Composition
  • University 103, University Seminar
  • Women Studies 491, Special Topics in Women's Studies: Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement

Sample Publications

  • "Citizens on the Sideline: Using CDA as Method and Praxis to Involve Citizens and Negotiate Changes in City Council Meetings." Discourse Studies in Diverse Settings. Multilingual Matters Series. Ed. L. Grujicic-Alatriste. (Summer 2014).
  • "Power and Access in the Public Hearings of City Council Meetings." Discourse & Society.  24(4). July, 2013.
  • "Citizen (In) Action: The Limits of Civic Discourse in City Council Meetings." Critical Discourse Studies.  10 (1). January, 2013.
  • "A Grounded Theory Approach to Studying Writing and Literacy." Practicing Research in Writing Studies.  Eds. K. Powell & P. Takayoshi.  Hampton Press (Co-authored with Chrstina Haas). July, 2012.
  • "Preparing Students for Active and Informed Civic Discourse." TETYC. National Council of Teachers of English, Sept. 2010.