Kathy Wolfe, Ph.D. (she/her)

Contact Information

Kathy Wolfe, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Professor of English
Academic Affairs Office
Office location

Smith Curtis 311D


(402) 465-2350

"The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is . . . taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow . . . . At the point of encounter there are neither utter ignoramuses nor perfect sages; there are only people who are attempting, together, to learn more than they now know."

--Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed 61, 71.


Nebraska native and NWU alum (class of '90).

Taught at Rose State College and Oklahoma City Community College in OKC, and at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO, before returning to Lincoln and the NWU English Department in 2000.

Sabbatical in Costa Rica at the United Nations University for Peace, 2007-08.

Dean of the NWU undergraduate programs, 2010-2014.

Senior Fellow (2014-15) and interim Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons (2015-16) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington DC.


B.A. (English), Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1990
Ph.D (English: Rhetoric/Composition), Texas Christian University, 1994 

Courses taught

First-Year Writing, Archway Seminar, Integrative Seminar, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Ancient Rhetoric, History of the English Language, Studies in Linguistics, Studies in Rhetoric, Advanced Composition, Topics in World Literature (Environment), Textual Studies, Senior Workshop

Research and academic interests

Nonwestern rhetorical traditions, liberal arts education, propaganda analysis, sociolinguistics, peace and justice studies, ecology and the global commons.

I am a member of the Nebraska Mediation Association, and have completed 30 hours of basic training in dispute resolution.

Service interests

Advocating for inclusive, high-quality liberal education; general education reform; environmental issues.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

Association of American Colleges and Universities

American Conference of Academic Deans
National Council of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Rhetoric Society of America
Rhetoricians for Peace
American Association of University Professors
Nebraskans for Peace

Nebraska Mediation Association
Nebraska League of Conservation Voters