Department of English

Elizabeth Burmester

Director of Composition
Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
English Building (EB 440), Room 155
Phone: 470-578-6935



Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition; Graduate Faculty Appointment

Joined Kennesaw in July 2017

Education: Ph.D. in English, with concentration in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003

M.A. in Writing (with distinction), DePaul University, Chicago, 1995 B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1988

Specializations:  Composition Pedagogy and Theory, History of Rhetoric, Women in the Rhetorical Tradition, Classical Studies, Writing Center Studies, and Writing Program Administration Studies.

IRB Training for Human-subject Research: IRB certified, 2006-2012; current 2017-2020

Teaching: She has taught courses on: The History of Rhetoric and Technology; Greek Classical Rhetoric; Roman Classical Rhetoric; Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric; Writing, Style, and Stylistics; Writing and Publishing; Rhetoric and Law; Composition Pedagogy; Composition Theory; Writing Center Studies; Travel Writing; and Food Writing. In General Education, she has taught composition, advanced composition, and world literature.

Kennesaw Courses: ENGL 1101 (Composition I), ENGL 1102 (Composition II), WRIT 3160 (Argumentative Writing), ENGL 4240 (Rhetorical Theory), PRWR 6300, PRWR 6500

Publications: “On the State of the Future of Writing Center Policy: A Manifesto for Action” in Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation--Special Issue: Policy and the Center 20.1 (Fall 2015): 31-66. Print. [Nominated for the IWCA Outstanding Article Award, in June 2016.]

“Mythic and Legendary Origins of Writing Contests: Competitions of Intellect in Greek and Roman History, Rhetoric, and Literature,” from Contest(ed) Writing: Re-Conceptualizing Literacy Competitions, Edited by Mary Lamb, Cambridge Scholars Press, January 2013; pages 1-35 [ISBN 1-4438-4008-4].

“Discovering the Legacy of Rhetoric in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Colleges: Connecting Institutional and Individual Histories Across Geographies.” South Atlantic Review, 71.4 (Fall 2006): 6-25.

“Classical Rhetoric and Nineteenth-Century American Clubwomen: Parallels of Feminist Rhetorics, Civic Reform, and Spiritual Agendas.” In Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual. Ed. Patricia Bizzell. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2006. 309-316. [ISBN 0-8058-5311-1]

 Conference presentations: “Rhetoric and Stand Up Activism: Humor, Revolution, and Finding the Ideal Female Orator in the Texts of Roxane Gay and Samantha Bee." Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Biennial Conference, University of Dayton-OH, October 4-7, 2017

“Finding the Ideal (Woman) Orator: Changing the Idea and the Gender of Cicero’s and Quintilian’s Ideal Orator, with Revisionist Rhetoric and Feminist Historiography,” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, May 27, 2016

“Changing Perceptions of Writing: Take Action with Innovative Program Design in the Writing Major to Influence Public Policy Outside the Classroom,” Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCCs), Houston, TX. April 7, 2016

“We Are What We Hire: Evolutions of Printed Job Ads for Writing Center Administrators, and a Suggested Revolution for Using Job Ads as a Genre of Change,” IWCA Conference, Pittsburgh, October 8-10, 2015--Panel presentation, “Writing Center Studies and the Evolving Search for Disciplinarity,” with Neal Lerner and Kyle Oddis, Northeastern University, and Jennifer Forsthoefel, Georgia Tech

“Innovative Risks for New Rewards in Writing Program Administration: Public Scholarship and Insights from Critics in Medicine, Law, and Finance,” CCCCs, Tampa, FL. 20 March 2015

“What Lawyers Might Teach English Faculty About the Persuasion of Ethos.” CCCCs, St. Louis, MO. 22 March 2012

“Mysterious Muses: Finding the Ideal Tutor in Fantasy Literature.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW), Florida International University, Biscayne Bay, FL. 6 November 2011

“Hollywood Pedagogy and All Our (Film) Relations: What Movie Students Teach us About Teacher Education.” CCCCs, Atlanta, 8 April 2011


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