Katie Kalish

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Katie Kalish

Associate Professor
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County

Rm 305

(715) 261-6258

Katie Kalish is an Associate Professor of English on the UW-Marathon County Campus.  Prior to teaching at UWMC, she taught as a faculty member at UW-Marshfield/Wood County campus.  Katie has taken on a variety of roles in the UW Colleges, including Co-Coordinator of the UW Colleges HLC Self-Study, Campus Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice-Chair for the English department,  Member of the Chancellor's Quality Improvement Advisory Council, Member of the Conduct and Compliance Task Force, among many others.  

Katie teaches a wide range of classes, from developmental reading and writing classes, to composition and literature classes.  In each of her classes, she strives to take on an SoTL mindset where she approaches each decision about the class--from the textbooks to daily activities--with student growth and learning in mind.  


Co-Coordinator of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study for the UW Colleges re-accreditation.  Spring and Summer 2012.

Successfully worked with various constituencies to compile and analyze information about our institution and draft a report in support of the institution’s re-accreditation.  http://www.uwc.edu/sites/uwc.edu/files/imce-uploads/about/overview/accreditation/uwc-hlc-self-study-report-2012-2013.pdf

“Everything you Know About Higher Education is Wrong.”  Huffington Post. With Kelly Wilz, Nerissa Nelson, Holly Hassel, and Jill Stukenberg. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/everything-you-know-about-higher-education-is-wrong_us_59f09dcce4b0dd88d362d8d7

"Maintaining Openness and Access: The Difficult Work of Open-Admissions Writing Programs" for the University of Ottowa’s new series on access for an edited collection called The World Blown Open: Open Access, Open Education, and Open Knowledge for an Uncertain Future.  Proposal Accepted, 2017.  

“Inequitable Austerity: Pedagogies of Resilience and Resistance in Composition.” Pedagogy.  With Cassie Phillips, Jennifer Heinert, Holly Hassel, and Joanne Giordano.  Article accepted for publication,  Fall 2017.

"Winthrop and Watchmen: Liminality, Transformation, and American Identity."  Reconstructions.  With Jennifer Heinert.  Forthcoming, 2016.

“On the Same Page:  A Peer Review that Works.”  Small Group Collaborative Learning & Writing: A Practical Sourcebook. With Jennifer Heinert and Valerie Pilmaier.   Ed. Kathleen Hunzer.  New York:  McFarland, 2012.

“The New Feminist Socialism:  The Writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.”  Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction. Fall 2008:  127-36.

“Finnegan for Freshmen:  Why Joyce’s Most Difficult Work May Be Easiest for Students to Grasp.”  Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction.  Spring 2007:  114-118.

“Merging the Novel and the Epic: Understanding Morality in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.”  Midwestern Miscellany.  Spring 2006.    

“’Nobody Sick, Nobody Poor:’ Zona Gale’s Construction of a Feminist Utopia.”  Midwestern Miscellany.  Spring 2003.  25-34.



Ph.D., English, Marquette University, May 2006

Focus on Modern Literature, British and Irish literature, and American Literature, pre-1900.  

Dissertation analyzes the rhetoric of clothing in James Joyce’s text, Finnegans Wake.  


M.A., English, Marquette University, Milwaukee, August 2001

Focus on American literature and early British literature.


B.A., English, University of Wisconsin- Madison, May 1999


Presentation Topics
  • Get That Scholarship: How to Write Effective Scholarship and Application Essays.
  • Modern British Literature: Lead discussions on authors like Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Yeats and Mansfield, as well as literary modernism.
  • Early American Literature: Lead discussions on authors such as Whitman, Dickinson, Melville and Stowe, as well as female writers in early American literature.
  • Graphic Novels: Provide context for how we read graphic novels as works of literature and lead discussions on authors such as Satrapi, Thompson, Gaiman and Spiegelman.