Kelly Belanger

Kelly Belanger

Kelly Belanger Professor of English
University Director of Writing 219.464.5337 Arts and Sciences Building 224
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Professor Belanger joined Valparaiso University as a visiting professor in 2014, coming from Virginia Tech, where she was associate professor of English, founding director of the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society, and co-director of the Blue Ridge Writing Project. After earning a Ph.D. in English at The Ohio State University in 1992, she taught and directed writing programs at Youngstown State University and the University of Wyoming, where she worked with colleagues to develop the Synergy Program, an award-winning learning community for academically at-risk students. She has published broadly with English Studies in journals such as College Composition and CommunicationThe Journal of Business and Technical CommunicationRadical TeacherThe Journal of Basic Writing, and Pinter Review. She is coauthor with Linda Strom of Second Shift: Teaching Writing to Working Adults (Heinemann, 1999). Her second book, Invisible Seasons: Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports, was published in December of 2016 by Syracuse University Press, and a review of it appeared in New Books in Sports.

Invisible Seasons: Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports has been selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2017. This award brings with it the recognition of the academic library community and is based on the following criteria: (1) overall presentation and scholarship, (2) importance relative to other literature in the field, (3) distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in a book or electronic form, (4) originality or uniqueness of treatment, (5) value to undergraduate students, (6) importance in building undergraduate library collections.


Valparaiso University

  • Core: The Human Experience
  • Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Professional and Technical Writing Pedagogy
  • Grant Writing (spring 2016)
  • Writing in the Health Sciences (spring 2016)

Other Teaching

  • Senior Seminar: Issues in Public and Professional Discourse
  • Field Research Methods
  • Topics in Literature: Reading Women in Sport
  • Grant and Report Writing
  • Technical Editing and Style
  • Rhetoric in Society: Activism in Appalachia
  • Collaborative Research Practicum
  • Wyoming Writing Project Open Institute
  • Composition Pedagogies
  • Practicum in Teaching of Writing
  • Editing for Publications
  • First-Year Seminar: Critical Reflection in Intellectual Communities
  • College Composition and Rhetoric
  • Business Communication
  • Culture and Politics of Literacy (Honors Seminar)
  • Writing for Public Forums
  • Technical Writing for the Professions (online and face-to-face)
  • Studies in Rhetoric
  • Writing in the Digital Age
  • Research Methods in Composition
  • Honors Composition
  • Advanced Composition: Studies in Style
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Basic Writing
  • Labor Studies and Composition