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Dr Elizabeth A Kleinfeld


Courses Taught


Current Semester Schedule

50202 ENG-3670-001 Writing Ctr Theory & Practice T 1730-2020

King Center - 449
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Office Hours

Monday - [10:00 to 11:00]
[12:30 to 01:00]
Wednesday - [12:30 to 01:00]
Thursday - [10:00 to 01:00]

Personal Biography

If you listen carefully, you’ll catch just a bit of my Long Island roots in the way I say “peanut butter” and “orange.” I grew up just a short walk from the beach in Northport, NY, and then moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area when I was 9, where I learned the proper way to use the word “y’all.” I moved to Illinois for college, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American history from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and Master’s and doctoral degrees in English Studies from Illinois State University.

After earning my Master’s, I moved to Denver on a whim and began teaching at the Community College of Aurora and Red Rocks Community College. I eventually joined the full-time faculty at Red Rocks Community College, where I taught until 2008, when I joined the MSU Denver faculty.

My hobbies include – of course – reading and writing. Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, e.e. cummings, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Chabon are some of my favorite authors. I also like to cook and bake. Desserts are my specialty (some might say obsession) – my family and friends like to play “stump the dessert chef” with me. Other hobbies include traveling (especially to Mayan ruins in Central America or any place with plentiful water); camping, rafting, and other outdoor pursuits; yoga, running, and working out; and lounging outside with smart companions and a tall glass of almost anything.

I live with my husband and daughter in Denver.

Educational Biography

Ph.D. in English Studies. Emphasis: Composition. Illinois State University. 2006.

Dissertation: Dissonance and Excess: Four Students’ Experiences of Revision In a Composition Classroom. Using grounded theory methodology and teacher research, my dissertation studies four community college students’ experiences of revision in a composition classroom in which the primary work of the class is engaged reading and discussion of student-produced texts. I suggest that students may revise productively when they are taught to engage, rather than suppress, the conflict and dissonance that can arise when reader response is thoughtful and critical. I argue that an emphasis on revision as exploratory can encourage students to take responsibility for making decisions about their writing, and that an emphasis on peer response, rather than instructor response, helps students become less dependent on directive instructor response. Ultimately, I propose a pedagogy that recognizes and respects student experience rather than a pedagogy that calls itself student-centered but privileges the instructor’s experiences and response.

Directed by Janice Neuleib. Committee members: Bob Broad, Ron Fortune.

M.S. in English. Emphasis: Literature. Illinois State University. 1994.

B.S. in History. Emphasis: Latin American History. Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. 1992.

Teaching Philosophy

composition, writing center theory/practice, rhetoric, essays, ethnographic research methods


Academic literacy Citation theory Composition pedagogy and theory Ethnographic research methods Multigenre and multimodal composition New Media Revision theory and practice Writing Center practice and theory

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