Kathy Wolfe

Faculty/Staff profile

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Professor of English
(402) 465-2350
Smith Curtis 311D
Office hours: 

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 NWU in 2000.

Lovely sabbatical in Costa Rica and the United Nations University for Peace, 2007-08.


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: 

English Language and Writing, Liberal Arts Seminar, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Classical Rhetoric, History of the English Language, Studies in Linguistics, Studies in Rhetoric, Advanced Composition, Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies

Course schedule: 

Fall 2013

IDS 001, Liberal Arts Seminar, MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
IDS 293, Liberal Arts Seminar Student Instructors, W 3:00-3:50 PM

Research and academic interests: 

Nonwestern rhetorical traditions, liberal arts education, propaganda analysis, sociolinguistics, peace and justice studies, ecology

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

Service interests: 

My spouse, son and I assist players in the Homer's Heroes challenger baseball league, for athletes with physical and mental disabilities.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

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