Dr. Kathy Wolfe

Professor of English
(402) 465-2350
kjw [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Old Main 124
Office hours: 

MWF 10:00-11:00 AM and by appointment.


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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 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. Continuing 2016-2017 as Senior Fellow and member of the Global Learning Advisory Board.


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

Teaching philosophy: 

"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.

Courses taught: 

First-Year Writing, Archway Seminar, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Classical Rhetoric, History of the English Language, Studies in Linguistics, Studies in Rhetoric, Advanced Composition, Topics in World Literature (Environment), Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies

Course schedule: 

Fall 2016:

Archway Seminar (IDS 1010-22), MWTHF 9:00-9:50, OM 302 (MWF), 316 (TH)
First-Year Writing (ENG 1010-04), MTWF 1:00-2:00, OM 109 (1st 8 weeks)
First-Year Writing (ENG 1010-03), MTWF 1:00-2:00, OM 109 (2nd 8 weeks)
Introduction to Linguistics (ENG 2510-01), TTH 10:00-11:40, CWL Cooper Center

Research and academic interests: 

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

I also co-coordinate NWU's Peace and Justice Studies minor.

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
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 League of Conservation Voters