Kate Stephenson

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Kate Stephenson

CTE Faculty Fellow & Assistant Professor, General Faculty


Kate Stephenson joined the team as a CTE Faculty Fellow in March 2021. Kate is an Assistant Professor, General Faculty, in the Department of English, where she specializes in twentieth century literature, food studies, writing and rhetoric, and community-engaged learning. As a CTE Faculty Fellow, she is helping to design and facilitate the Community-Engaged Teaching Scholars initiative. Read our Q&A with Kate.

Kate has taught community-engaged courses on food justice and housing equity for the past four years. During that time, she has built lasting partnerships in the community with myriad non-profit leaders that have led to collaborative writing projects involving undergraduate students and community members. Kate founded the biannual Community Writing Symposium, which showcases community-based writing and research created by undergraduates, non-profits, and community members. As one of the lead faculty for The Engaged Writing Project, a $100,000 grant awarded to the Writing and Rhetoric Program by the Jefferson Trust, Kate has focused on developing the infrastructure needed to expand engagement courses, create opportunities for student leadership, and build partnerships with community organizations.

Kate has presented work at numerous conferences and is writing an article about the pedagogical possibilities engaged learning provides for challenging notions of local history, activism, and knowledge creation. Currently, she is collaborating with The Haven to produce the second edition of a literary and visual arts digital publication featuring work by Haven guests, staff, and volunteers.

Kate earned her Ph.D. in English from UVA and her B.A. in English from Duke University. 

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