Meet the Faculty

Kathy Whitson

Kathy Whitson

Professor - English

Contact Details


PhD, English; University of Missouri, 1993
MA, Southeast Missouri State University, 1988
BS Ed., Southeast Missouri State University, 1976


Burrus Dickinson 301

Contact me for…

  • Discussions of the liberal arts, poetry, social justice, and a cup of tea.

Research Interests:

My research interests include Native American Literature, nature and environmental writing, ecocriticism, poetry and poetics.

Teaching Interests:

I enjoy teaching a range of classes, including Non-Western literature; creative writing classes in poetry, nature writing, and creative non-fiction; grammar and structure of English; introduction to literary studies.

Professional Activity:

Books: The Encyclopedia of Native American Literatures, The Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature.

Poetry: published in such journals as Southern Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal.

Present and past professional memberships include the Modern Language Society, Mid-west MLA, ASLE—Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Appalachian Studies Association.

Community Engagement:

I am a University of Illinois-trained Master Naturalist Intern; I am an active member of Eureka Christian Church.

Uniquely Eureka Experience:

What I love best about Eureka College is the opportunity to visit with students and colleagues about ideas that have the power to change lives and our culture at large.


I love all things about reading and writing; I enjoy making journals to write in; I love writing with fountain pens; I enjoy hiking and being in the woods; I love Peat, my handsome border collie.