Doretta Kurzinski, Adjunct Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences 309
Professor Kurzinski joined the Valparaiso University English faculty as an adjunct instructor in Spring 2010, however, she has been a member of the Valparaiso University community in various capacities since 2000. Her teaching specialties include composition and rhetoric, persuasion and exposition, as well as professional and technical writing.
She has taught freshman students at various learning institutions in the Northwest Indiana area, including Purdue North Central and Ivy Tech Community College, and she is currently compiling research on the effect of having a writing mentor throughout all four years of college has on the development writing skills. By the way, she is always looking for willing participants to add to the research for this study.
In the classroom Professor Kurzinski seeks to help her students connect their understanding of pop culture, which is ever present in their lives, with the goals of the classroom content, while striving, at the same time, to demonstrate that ancient texts have as much to say to use today as they did when they were written. She especially enjoys using movies as texts to help students understand author intent in a way that they have typically never thought of before.
Teaching in the freshman CORE allows Professor Kurzinski to meet her students when they are most excited about the possibilities that await them as they embark on this new experience of higher education. Having the opportunity to revisit with many of them in English 300, allows her the opportunity to bolster that excitement as they look forward to the next set of possibilities as they embark on their chosen careers. Prior to committing to teaching, Professor Kurzinski gained valuable experience working in many professional fields, including sales, marketing, non-profit, and law. These non-academic work experiences provide a base of knowledge that she uses to help her students make a successful transition to work life after college life.
In her spare time, like most English nerds, Professor Kurzinski loves to read. She reads a variety of genres, but, as a guilty pleasure, give her a good science fiction mystery, and she’ll be lost in the pages for hours. She is adamant that you should always read the book before you see the movie.