Dr. Kerrie Farkas

Professor of English

Dr. Kerrie Farkas

Contact Information


Office: McComsey 246
Phone: 717-871-7399

Spring 2024

M: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
R: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Comments: Zoom:https://millersville.zoom.us/j/5955648983 


  • 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 
  • Grounded Theory 
  • Discourse Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Empathy

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 110: English Composition 
  • ENGL 472:  Digital Portfolio
  • ENGL 466:  Special Topics in Writing Studies
  • ENGL 672: Graduate Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
  • WRIT 273:  Writing in the Disciplines
  • WRIT 316: Business Writing 
  • WRIT 311: Advanced Composition
  • WRIT 317:   Editing for Publication
  • WRIT 342: Reading & Writing for Civic Change 
  • UNIV 103: University Seminar 
  • WSTU 491: Special Topics in Women's Studies: Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement 

University/Program Connections:

  • Made in Millersville Journal
  • Made in Millersville Conference
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Engage for Change Journal
  • Writing Studies Committee
  • Writing Center

Community and Club Connections:

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

Passions and Distractions:

  • Reading: Historical Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Academic Scholarship on Empathy, Civic Engagement, and Public Discourse 
  • Writing:  Academic Scholarship on Citizen Engagement, Civic Discourse, Editing and Publishing
  • Swimming, Running, Hiking, Biking, Disc-golfing 
  • Bird-watching 
  • Nature and the beach
  • Baking and gardening
  • My kids, my dog, and my cats 

Sample Publications:

  • “The Problems and Possibilities Of Creating and Sustaining A Multidisciplinary, Undergraduate, Digital Journal” with Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol.  Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. 4 (4). (Summer, 2021). 
  • The Transportable Writing Tool:  A Guide for Writing & Revising.  Revised Printing.  Second Edition.  Dubuque, IA:  Kendall Hunt. (2020).
  • The Transportable Writing Tool:  A Guide for Writing and Revising.  Kendall Hunt.  Dubuque, IA. (2016). 
  • "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. (June 2015). 
  • "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 Christina Haas). July, 2012. 
  • "Preparing Students for Active and Informed Civic Discourse." TETYC. National Council of Teachers of English, Sept. 2010