West Chester Resident, Dr. Melanie Kisthardt, Named Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Melanie J. Kisthardt, a teacher of composition and research in Immaculata University´s ACCEL® and Traditional programs since 1997, has been named assistant professor of English.
Dr. Kisthardt´s background includes an impressive record of academic achievement; she received a B.A. in English from Shippensburg University, and obtained her Master´s from Temple University. She also wrote her dissertation at Temple, where she received a Ph.D. in American Literature.
Melanie completed many years of service to the field of academics, beginning with her work at Temple in 1984, when she joined the faculty as a teacher in liberal arts and composition in the Bio-Medical Sciences program for high school students interested in college science majors. During this time she chaired a committee to re-organize English tutoring services and helped create a resource lab for students and ran sessions on time management, library resources, test-taking, and reading. Dr. Kisthardt remained at Temple until 1994, expanding her teachings to include advanced writing courses and several literature classes.
Kisthardt then moved on to West Chester University, where she taught Introduction to Literature and several courses on writing. She also worked on evaluating challenge exams, chaired the textbook selection committee, and was on the service learning committee. She represented West Chester at the State System of Higher Education Service Learning retreat in May 1998 and led a General Education assessment writing proficiency committee in spring 1999.


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From 1991 until 2000, Melanie taught writing and reading courses and served as an academic advisor at the Community College of Philadelphia, and taught several courses, including Developmental Writing and College Composition, at Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County.
She has published two works to date: "Reading Lives, Writing to Transgress: Sarah Orne Jewett´s ‘Unwritable Things,´" and "Flirting with Patriarchy: Feminist Dialogic in Uncle Tom´s Cabin." Dr. Kisthardt has presented nine different papers at various conferences, presented workshops, and participated in panels. Kisthardt received the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant from Newberry Library, Chicago, which allowed her to research and publish "Uncle Tom´s Cabin and American Culture" in summer 1992.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, between Paoli and Exton, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352.

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