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Melanie Burdick

Assistant Professor
College of Arts & Sciences
Room 112
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Longview Community College, Associate of Arts
Avila University, Bachelor of Arts
Univ of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
Washburn University, Assistant Professor, 2011-present

University of Missouri—Kansas City, Coordinator of Dual Credit English, 2008-2011

University of Kansas, Supervisor for Secondary English Student Teaching, 2008-2011 

Metropolitan Community Colleges, Lecturer in English, 2005-2008 

University of Missouri—Kansas City, Director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, 2000-2005 

  • EN 100 A, Developmental English
  • EN 100 C, Developmental English
  • EN 101 5HA, Freshman Comp
  • EN 101 5MB, Freshman Comp
  • EN 101 D, Freshman Comp
  • EN 101 H, Freshman Comp
  • EN 135 5HA, Intro To Literature
  • EN 135 5MA, Intro To Literature
  • EN 135 5MB, Intro To Literature
  • EN 135 5PA, Intro To Literature
  • EN 135 5TA, Intro To Literature
  • EN 135 5WA, Intro To Literature
  • EN 200 5RA, Intermediate Comp
  • EN 200 5RB, Intermediate Comp
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Teaching of writing in high school and college; relationship and overlap of creative and academic forms of writing; preparation of secondary English teachers; composition and rhetoric; service learning.
Service Interests/Activities

Director of Composition; liaison for English Concurrent Enrollment Program; English Education Assessment Committee.

Career Accomplishments


Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • Burdick M.N. (2011). Teacher negotiation and embedded process: A study of high school writing assignments. Journal of Teaching Writing, 26(2), 21-44.

  • Burdick, M. (2011). Researcher and teacher-participant found poetry: Collaboration in poetic transcription. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(SI 1.10). 

  • Hallman, H.L. & Burdick, M.N. (2011). Service learning and the preparation of English teachers. English Education, 43, 341-368.

  • Burdick, M. (2009). Grading the war story. Teaching English in the Two Year College, 357-358.

Conference Presentations:

  • Writing Poetry to Illuminate Informative Texts. Round table presentation for NCTE-CEE Commission on the Teaching of Poetry at the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference, Chicago, Illinois, November, 2011. 

  • Dual Credit Curricular Alignment: Facing Context and Collaboration in High Schools and College. Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2011.

  • Blurring the Lines between “Creative” and “Academic” Writing. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 2010.

  • Researcher-Teacher-Participant Found Poetry: Collaboration in Poetic Transcription. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 30-May 4, 2010.

  • Curricular Extensions within a Multi-Grade Action Research Circle. Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), San Francisco, CA March, 2009.

  • Writing Diversity through the Service Learning Cycle. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, New York, New York, November, 2007.

Awards and Other Professional Accomplishments:

Awarded $1,732.00 through the Council of Writing Program Administrators Research Grant, for study: "Sources of Professional Knowledge: How Do High School Teachers Define 'College-level Writing'?" March, 2012.

Winner of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from American Educational Research Association Narrative Research Special Interest Group, 2012.  

Winner of the Sosland Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing; UMKC Department of English, 2007.