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Featured Alum

Katie Grubbs Alumna Katie Grubbs graduated from Berry College in 2006. We asked her to tell us a little about her life after Berry and how her English major helped her in the world as a student, teacher, and as the head of a Writing Center in Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, and she had this to say:

When I started at Berry in the fall of 2002, I had no doubts about my intended major of English. Spending my time reading and discussing great works of literature sounded like a wonderful way to spend four years of my life! During my years at Berry, however, I changed my mind (and my minor) several times as I considered different careers: teaching English in high school, teaching English in college, being a book editor, copy-editing for a newspaper, or doing public relations work. My Berry education had prepared me excellently for any of these jobs, but in the end I decided to apply to graduate school and begin the journey toward becoming a college professor.

Supported by Drs. Watkins, Tenger, and Taylor, who were kind enough to write letters recommending me, I was accepted into the English master’s degree program at the University of Georgia. When I began classes there in fall 2006, I was pleased that my Berry English classes had absolutely prepared me for the rigors of graduate-level work. In my second year at UGA, I had my first experience teaching college students in two first-year composition classes. That first year was challenging but also rewarding, and the experience only confirmed that I had made the right decision in pursuing a college teaching career.

After finishing my master’s in spring 2008, I entered the Ph.D program at UGA and was able to continue learning and teaching there. I expanded my research interests, moving from a very narrow focus on Renaissance drama to a broader focus on early modern texts of varying sorts from England and America, culminating in my comprehensive doctoral exams covering Renaissance drama, Renaissance non-drama, and America to 1900.  My later years on campus at UGA also gave me chances to expand my teaching repertoire: in addition to English Composition I and English Composition II, I also taught Shakespeare and a special section of English Comp. II that focused exclusively on detective fiction. These experiences were invaluable in preparing me for the wider world of college teaching. In August 2011, my husband and I moved from Athens, Georgia to McPherson, Kansas, and I am now working here on my dissertation. Titled “’Playfellows to Dust’: The Problem of the Early Modern Child Elegy,” this work will examine child elegy as a distinct sub-genre of elegy proper and will explore how various early modern writers (both English and American) grappled with the problems of creating end-of-life poems for such ephemeral beings.  

In addition to working on my dissertation, I teach English classes and am the Writing Program Coordinator/Writing Center Director at Central Christian College of Kansas. I have the opportunity every day, both in classes and in the Writing Center, to help developmental writers improve their skills. I teach one writing class designed specifically for international students who speak English as a second language, a challenge that has also been an amazing experience!  Beginning next year, I will also be teaching literature classes like Shakespeare, American Novel, and British Literature II. The Writing Center side of my job involves consulting with students about papers, recruiting and training student writing tutors, and planning writing workshops and other events on campus.  My education at Berry gave me such a great foundation for executing all of these different tasks, and I have often been influenced in doing my job by things that my Berry teachers did. I can think of one great example: I so enjoyed Dr. Cooley’s Shakespeare journals assignment as a student that I used a similar format when teaching my Shakespeare students at UGA. I have also been inspired by Berry’s amazing Writing Center as I am working to build a still very young Writing Center here at Central Christian. Overall, I think that the Berry English department and the classes I took there had an immense impact on me as a person and as a teacher!


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