Faith M. Kurtyka, PhD
Faith M. Kurtyka, PhD

Faith M. Kurtyka, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • English

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my Curriculum Vitae. 

Education

  • PhD, University of Arizona
  • MA, University of Missouri
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • "Learning How to Feel: Conversion Narratives and Community Membership in First-Year Composition", Composition Studies, 45.1, 2017
  • Messy but Meaningful: Using the Habits of Mind to Understand Extracurricular Learning. Applications of the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing: Scholarship, Theories, and Practices., Parlor Press, 2016
  • With Krysta Larson. "College Readiness and the International Baccalaureate Program", College English, 106, 2016
  • “We’re Creating Ourselves Now: Crafting as Feminist Rhetoric in a Social Sorority", Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, 18.2, 25-44, 2016
  • “Trends, Vibes, and Energies: Building on Students’ Strengths in Visual Composing", Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing, 12.4, 2015
  • "Settling In to Genre: The Social Action of Emotion in Shaping Genres", Composition Forum, 31, 2015
  • With Jennifer Haley-Brown. "Great Power, Great Responsibility: What Peer Review Can Learn from Community-Based Assessment" In Steven J. Corbett, Michelle LaFrance, and Teagan E. Decker (Ed.), Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom., Fountainhead Press, 159-170, 2014
  • "What Does Your Money Get You?: Active Learning as an Alternative to Consumerism in the Composition Classroom", Composition Forum, 26, 2013

Presentations

  • Invited Guest Speaker via Skype for Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg’s English 4880: Senior Seminar in Writing Research. “Research Methods and Methodology.” University of North Georgia., 2016
  • With Peter Khost, Lauren Esposito, Shawn-Marie Garrett, David Hyman, Nicole Galante, and June Griffin. “Moving from Pro Forma to Performa: Music and Dance in the Writing Classroom,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX., 2016
  • “We Are Here: Using Spatial Theory in the Composition Classroom.” You Are Here: Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment, Omaha, NE., 2016
  • “Women and the Media,” Alpha Phi Sorority Programming Chapter, Omaha, NE., 2015
  • “Our Kind of Girl: Crafting a Collective Identity on Tumblr,” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ., 2015
  • “Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone,” Cortina Community Fall Retreat, Ashland, NE., 2015
  • With Carolyn German. “Get Excited People!: Gendered Acts of Literacy in a Social Sorority,” Creighton University English Department Research Series, Omaha NE., 2015
  • With LaRue Diehl. “Maintaining Your Faith in Uncertain Times,” Creighton Campus Ministry Theology on Tap, Omaha, NE., 2015
  • “Get Excited People!: Gendered Acts of Literacy in a Social Sorority,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL., 2015
  • With Peter Khost, Lauren Esposito, Shawn-Marie Garrett, David Hyman, Nicole Galante, and June Griffin. “Multimodal, Embodied Pedagogies for the 21st Century,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL., 2015
  • With Desiree Nownes. “Gender Role and Identity on Campus,” Creighton Residence Life RA Training, Griswold Retreat Center, Griswold, IA., 2015
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Marks, O. (Author & Presenter), Miller, W. (Author & Presenter), Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, "The Need for Authentic Peers: An evaluation of the effect of peer coaches," Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F., Sing, Act, Engage: Performance Pedagogy and Professional Development Across the Disciplines, "Dance as Rhetoric," Nassau Community College, Long Island, NY., 2014
  • Workshop, Creighton Center for Service and Justice Fall Break Sustainability Trip, 10 participants., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Coordinator/Organizer), Brecht, J. (Coordinator/Organizer), Alpha Phi Sorority Risk Management Workshop, "Self-Esteem and Positive Body Image," Alpha Phi Sorority, Creighton University., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Larson, K. (Author & Presenter), Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference, "Citizen Leadership in a Social Sorority: Tools and Methods for Understanding Women¹s Leadership," Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Cortina Community Fall Retreat, "Dialogic and Emotional Learning," Cortina Community, Ashland, NE., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Conference of Writing Program Administrators, ""Basic Life Stuff": The Habits of Mind in Sorority Alumnae Narratives," Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Bloomington, IL., 2014
  • College Recruitment Workshop, Creighton Admissions Office, 20 participants, 2014
  • Kurtyka, F., Omaha Women's Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), "Leadership in a Social Sorority," Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Guest Lecture, English 202: Entering a Professional Dialogue, 25 participants., 2014
  • Workshop, Composition Component Training Workshop, 30 participants., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Presenter), Conference on College Composition and Communication, "Eloquentia Perfecta on the Ground: Building a Mission-Driven Writing Program," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN., 2014
  • Guest Lecture, Alpha Phi Sorority, 150 participants., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Panelist), McHendry, G. (Panelist), Taylor, A. (Panelist), Krebs, M. A. (Panelist), Creighton Lieben Center for Women, "Women and the Web," Creighton Lieben Center for Women, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Dimond, A. (Author & Presenter), Miller, W. (Author & Presenter), Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, "The Institute for Embodied Learning," Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), Feminisms and Rhetorics, "We Can Make it Who We Are: Third-Wave Feminist Pedagogies in a Social Sorority," Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA., 2013
  • Guest Lecture, English 202: Entering a Professional Dialogue, 25 participants, 2013
  • Kurtyka, F., Alpha Phi Academic Awards Parent Brunch, "Academics and Beyond: The Benefits of Sorority Participation," Alpha Phi Sorority, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F., Dartmouth Seminar for Composition Research, ""It was almost like a love story": Transformation, Eros, and Literacy in a Social Sorority," Dartmouth College/Council of Writing Program Administrators, Hanover, New Hampshire., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F. (Author & Presenter), International Institute for Scholars of Teaching and Learning, "Active Learning and Student Engagement in a Social Sorority," Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Los Angeles, California., 2013
  • Guest Lecture, Papillion-La Vista South High School Creative Writing Club, 10 participants., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F., Conference on College Composition and Communication, "An Investigation of Learning Culture and Community in a Social Sorority," National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F. (Presenter), Dimond, A. (Presenter), English Department Faculty Meeting, "The Pedagogy of Polish: Discourse of Femininity in a Social Sorority," English Department, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Kurtyka, F., Conference on College Composition and Communication, "Creating Community in Service-Learning Partnerships Online And Offline," Las Vegas, NV., 2013
  • Guest Lecture, Cortina Community, 125 participants., 2012
  • Guest Lecture, Papillion-La Vista South High School Biology Classes, 25 participants., 2012
  • Guest Lecture, English 202: Entering a Professional Dialogue, 25 participants., 2012
  • Guest Lecture, Alpha Phi Sorority, 70 participants, 2012
  • Kurtyka, F. (Presenter), Computers and Writing, "Compose Yourself: Creating Digital Teaching Philosophies," Computers and Communication, Raleigh, NC., 2012
  • Kurtyka, F. (Presenter), Conference on College Composition and Communication, "Everybody Comes to the Pharmacy Club for the Free Food: An Activity Theory Analysis of the Spaces of Student Life," Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO. (March 23, 2012)., 2012

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Kurtyka, F., "College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellowship," Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Principal), German, C. (Supporting), Larson, K. (Supporting), Bailey, A. (Supporting), "An Ethnographic Study of Learning in a Social Sorority," Sponsored by CURAS: Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), Dimond, A. (Co-Principal), Miller, W. (Co-Principal), "Teaching Students to Teach Students: The Effects of Peer Coaching," Sponsored by Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, Creighton University
  • Prenosil, J. (Co-Principal), Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), "Faculty Development (Composition Component)," Sponsored by Core Revision Committee, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), Prenosil, J. (Co-Principal), "Faculty Seed Grant (Composition Component)," Sponsored by Creighton University Graduate School, Creighton University
  • Prenosil, J. (Co-Principal), Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), "Quantitative Analysis Grant (Composition Component)," Sponsored by Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), Dimond, A. (Co-Principal), "The Institute for Embodied Learning: A Study on the Impact of the Enneagram on Student Learning," Sponsored by Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Principal), Walsh, C. (Supporting), Dimond, A. (Supporting), Stulock, G. (Supporting), "Magis Core Course Development Grant," Sponsored by Core Revision Task Force, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Co-Principal), Dimond, A. (Co-Principal), "Faculty Seed Grant," Sponsored by Creighton University Graduate School, Creighton University
  • Kurtyka, F. (Principal), "College Knowledge Workshop," Sponsored by Educational Opportunity Programs, Creighton University

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Adviser of the Year, Student Activities Office , 2014
  • Excellence in Local Advising, Alpha Phi International, 2013