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Elkie Burnside

Associate Director, Senior Lecturer

Elkie Burnside

(413) 545-0610

Du Bois 1326

Elkie Burnside is the Assistant Director of the Writing Program where she is responsible for curricular assessment and design. She teaches College Writing and works within our teacher training program. She holds a PhD in English, (Composition & Rhetoric), from Oklahoma State University,  a MA in English from Emporia State University, and a B.S. from Barclay College with a concentration in Ministry with Educational Emphasis.

In addition to her academic background in rhetoric and composition, she has more than twenty years of experience as a writing instructor specializing in multimodal composing, training in a variety of environments, and professional communication. Her main research focus has always been on her classroom (and training instructional environments) – because this is where the work of writing, critical thinking, and building up students comes into focus.