Dr. Keri R. Franklin



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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


The teaching writing in interdisciplinary spaces has been the central focus of Dr. Keri Franklin's teaching and research for over 20 years. She started working at Missouri State University in 2006. She is a professor in the Department of English. She founded the Ozarks Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project in 2005 to support teachers teaching teachers on the art and research of writing. As the director of assessment for the university, Franklin frequently conducted faculty development on rubric development, curriculum mapping and assessing student learning for improvement.

In 2016, with the encouragement of Emeritus Dean Gloria Galanes, she founded the Center for Writing in College, Career and Community. The center has housed faculty writing retreats, the Ozarks Writing Project and its projects, and the $4 million Computer Science Opportunities Development and Education in Rural Schools (CODERS) Project since January 2021. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Education, Innovation and Research grant. As CODERS project director, Franklin's role is to spur innovation and oversee the project that has impacted over 2,300 students since 2021. 



  • PhD, English Education (Support areas: Language and Literacy and Composition and Rhetoric), 2007, University of Missouri
  • MA, Writing (Emphasis: Technical and Professional Writing), 1999, Missouri State University
  • BS, English Education, 1997, Southwest Baptist University


  • ENG 521 Writing for Teachers
  • ENG 434 Clinical Experiences in Teaching II
  • ENG 432/433 Supervised Teaching (Secondary English)
  • ENG 405 Teaching Middle and High School English
  • ENG 222 Writing for Social Change
  • ENG 221 Writing in the Professions
  • ENG 110 Honors Composition I
  • UHC 350 Study Abroad
  • ENG 730 Summer Invitational Institute
  • ENG 726 Issues in Professional Writing
  • ENG 725 Seminar: Composition & Rhetoric
  • ENG 725 Seminar in Composition: Writing Fellows
  • ENG 631 Writing for Teachers
  • ENG 565/665 Literature and Language Workshop
  • SA 766 Research and Data Analysis

Professional experience

  • HERS (Higher Education Resources Service), Next Stages, Next Steps, 2023
  • Leadership Springfield Class 41, 2021-2022
  • HERS (Higher Education Resources Service) Leadership Institute, 2020-2021, a nationwide leadership program for women in higher education administration
  • National Forum for Chief Engagement and Outreach Administrators, 2020-present, invited group of associate provosts and provosts in roles with a focus on community engagement
  • Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corps, 2014-present

Research and professional interests

  • Teaching of writing
  • Impact of writing professional development on teachers and students
  • Digital writing
  • Understanding of student learning
  • Doctoral dissertation: “Blogging about Books: Reading, Writing, and Thinking in the Twenty-First Century”
  • Master's thesis: “Virtual Students/Virtual Teachers: The Reality of Student Responsibility in Education"

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Assessment Award, 2019, National Institute for Learning Outcomes (awarded by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, American Association of State Colleges & Universities, Voluntary System of Accountability and American Association of University Professors, presented by AAC&U, AASC&Y and NILOA at the 2020 AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Governors Award for Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs, 2015, Missouri State University
  • Outstanding Article Award, 2010-2011, Journal of Reading Education, Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading
  • Nominated for the Springfield Business Journal’s Influential Women, 2018
  • Featured on KSMU and STEM Spots, 2018, 2021 ·
  • Mind’s Eye Featured Scholar, 2016
  • Bancorp Academic Spotlight, February 2009
  • Nominee for the Foundation Award in Research, 2008
  • Featured in the Missouri State Alumni Magazine

Additional resources

Area of expertise

English Writing

Media appearances

Bridging the Divide theme improves conversation, confidence, empathy
Springfield News-Leader
MSU Associate Provost for Public Affairs and Assessment Dr. Keri Franklin highlights "Bridging the Divide," the theme for the university’s academic year and its annual Public Affairs Conference.

MSU CODERS: Program looks for teachers to bring program to rural schools
CODERS Project Director shares about the grant.

STEM Spots: Coders Grant Initiative
MSU English Professor Dr. Keri Franklin shares about the $4 million CODERS grant.

A third of surveyed MSU students report problem accessing online learning
Springfield News-Leader
MSU Associate Provost for Public Affairs and Assessment addresses results of mid-semester survey.

The Power of Voice
Springfield News-Leader
MSU Associate Provost for Public Affairs and Assessment Dr. Keri Franklin highlights "The Power of Voice," the theme for the university’s academic year and its annual Public Affairs Conference.

STEM Spots: STEAM is the Word
MSU English Professor Dr. Keri Franklin talks about STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology. Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.


Improving the instruction of writing