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Karen Wink, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen A. Wink has taught 4/c (freshman) composition and literature courses as well as an upperclass Myths and Epics literature course at the Academy for 20+ years. Her research interests include: pedagogy for rhetoric and composition and teaching Shakespeare. Her student text, Rhetorical Strategies for Composition, was published in 2016. Currently, she is writing a text for instructors: “Engaging Students in the Feedback Process for Writing.” Dr. Wink has spoken at many regional and national conferences on her research topics. The New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE) gave her an “Excellence in Teaching English” award in 2010.


  • Ph.D., English Education, magna cum laude, University of Maryland, 1999
  • MaEd., Reading Education, summa cum laude, Baldwin Wallace College, 1989
  • B.S., English Education, cum laude, Kent State University, 1985

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to College Communications
  • English Composition and Speech
  • Art of Effective Writing
  • Writing About Literature
  • Humanities and World Literature: Greek, Roman and Other Myths
  • Special Topics: Romanticism

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “A Lesson from the Holocaust: From Bystander to Advocate in the Classroom”/English Journal and Voice on America segment; The McGraw-Hill Exercise Book to accompany A Writer’s Resource, Editorial Consultant
  • “An Afghani Girl on the Other Side of the Sky: A Reader’s Guide”/
  • “Poet Laureate Inspires Aspiring Poets”/Connecticut English Journal
  • “Rhetorical Pedagogy for Active and Passive Voice”/
  • Presented many workshops and served on many panels at NCTE, NEATE, CRLA and CCCC conferences, 1995-present.


  • Tenure and Promotion, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2005
  • Outstanding Teacher Fellowship Grant, The Cambridge England Teacher Seminar, 1997
  • Outstanding Contributions and Dedication, Sylvan Learning Systems, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • New England Association for Teachers of English (NEATE)
  • College Composition and Communication (CCC)

Contact Information

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