Kim van Alkemade

Professor of English

Office: Horton Hall 305
Phone:  477.1506
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PhD in English, concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee, 1997.

Research/Teaching Interests: 
Creative nonfiction writing, multi-genre creative writing first-year academic writing, technical writing

Fiction Publications:
Orphan # 8 . A historical novel published by William Morrow (2015).  Find out more at:

Creative Nonfiction Publications:

“Resting Place.” Alaska Quarterly Review. Spring/Summer 2009.

“Severance Pay.” CutBank. July 2008.

“Hitching.” The Rambler. January/February 2008.

“Spinster Punk.” So To Speak. Winter/Spring 2008.

"Forgotten Fathers: A Memoir.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. Fall 2002.

Academic Publications:

“Orphans Together: A History of New York’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum.” Proceedings of the 2006 Biennial Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History. 2006.

“The Pedagogy of Pleading: Research Grant Proposals as a Creative Nonfiction Assignment.” Pedagogy Papers 2006. Associated Writing Programs, 2006: 209.

"Writing Program Administrators Stopping and Starting Over." With co-authors Keith Rhodes, Ruth Mirtz and Susan Taylor. WPA: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 25.3 (Spring 2002): 79-96.

"The Triangle of Organized Labor, Writing Instruction, and Education Technology." Workplace: The Journal for Academic Labor, June 2001. Available

"Questioning the Humanist Vision of Computer Technology." ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication Skills. Indiana University: Bloomington, Indiana, 1996.

Current Happenings 

9/17/15:  Prof. Kim van Alkemade will read from her debut novel, Orphan #8, at 7:00 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.

10/15/15:  Pulitzer Prize winning author Adam Johnson will read from his new collection of short stories, Fortune Smiles, at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. 
All events are free and open to all! 

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