Dr. Cathie English



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Cathie English teaches undergraduate and graduate English education courses after a twenty-two-year career in secondary English in rural Nebraska. Her research focuses upon place conscious education with an emphasis in community literacy, teacher leadership, and composition theory and practice. Her work appears in English Journal, Journal of Literacy Innovation, and a chapter titled, “Work Ethnographies” in Writing Suburban Citizenship: Place-Conscious Education and the Conundrum of Suburbia at Syracuse University Press. 



  • PhD, English Composition and Rhetoric, 2011, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • MA, English, 2002, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • BA, Education, 1991, Peru State College – Peru, Nebraska


  • Teaching Middle and High School English
  • Secondary English Education Supervision
  • Composition and Rhetoric in High School and Junior College
  • Writing for Teachers
  • Place-Conscious Reading and Writing
  • Literature/Language Workshop
  • Ozarks Writing Project
  • Seminar: Issues and Trends in English Education

Professional experience

Selected publications

  • "A Forever Student Navigating Higher Education: Reflections of a First-Generation Scholar." Teacher Reflections on Transitioning from K-12 to Higher Education Classrooms. IGI Global. Forthcoming, January 2022.
  • “Developing a Critical Rural Literacy through Local Inquires.” Journal of Literacy Innovation. Fall/Winter 2020. 24-42.
  • “The Language of Leadership.” English Journal, March 2018.
  • “Literacy through Community Partnerships: Developing Risk-Taking Teacher Leaders.” American Reading Forum Online Yearbook. August 2017.
  • “Place Conscious Activism.” Teacher-Scholar-Activist. Eds. Patrick Sullivan, Darin Jensen and Christie Toth. https://teacher-scholar-activist.org June 2017.
  • “In Search of Authentic Argument.” English Journal. July 2016. Co-written with Angela Kohnen. 59-65.
  • “Work Ethnographies: Teaching Economic Sustainability.” Writing Suburban Citizenship: Place-Conscious Education and the Conundrum of Suburbia. Writing, Culture, and Community Practices Series. Syracuse University Press. Robert E. Brooke, editor. Fall 2015. 187-208.

Research and professional interests

  • Place-based pedagogy and writing
  • English education
  • Environmental sustainability rhetoric studies
  • Teacher professional development
  • Digital literacies

Awards and honors

  • Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs, MSU Board of Governors, 2017

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