Kathy A. Fitch
Winter Quarter, 2002
College of DuPage

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  Thanks to these students for granting me permission to take and use their picture.

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Then I look into my students' faces, and they look solemnly back at me.

 

"So why does our writing matter, again?" they ask.

Because of the spirit, I say.  Because of the heart.  Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation.  They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life:  they feed the soul.  When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored.  We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least at clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again.  It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea.  You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.

Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird:  Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

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Education

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Teaching Experience

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Committees and Institutional Service

Divisional Service: Has included serving on English hiring committees; chairing the English 101 Multi-Section Assessment Committee; acting as Part-Time Liaison, which entailed interviewing, hiring, orienting, staffing, reviewing, and supporting part-time English faculty; and serving on the Active Course File Revision Committee.  Current service:  Outstanding Communications Faculty Selection Committee, Chair of the Computer-Users Committee, English Faculty Computer Liaison.

College Wide Service:  Has included serving on institutional hiring committees, and co-chairing the College-Wide Classroom Assessment Committee.   Current Service: Faculty Senate, Welfare Team, Grievance Committee, Honors Advisory Council, Institutional Climate Committee, Faculty Technology Advisory Committee.

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Conference and Seminar Presentations

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Memberships and Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English

Alliance for Computers and Writing

TechRhet

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Professional Development Activities

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Awards and Recognition

College of DuPage Outstanding Communications Faculty, 1997-1998

Nominated for College of DuPage Teacher of the Year, 1997 and 1998

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A Personal Glimpse

Image155.gif (52555 bytes)I'm the one sitting front and center on the bottom step in the picture at the left. Note the big smile: a sunny day and being surrounded by students are two of my favorite things. My dog,  Dickens the Wonder Mutt, pictured to the right, is about twelve-years old, though he apparently considers himself a mere pup if the way he chases after chipmunks, tennis balls and the occasional delivery truck is any indication. I'm not exactly sure whether I own Dickens or Dickens owns me, but he's generally considered "my" dog since he shadows my every move, which is sweet, but does mean that I trip over him from time to time when I'm trying to get ready for school in the morning.  Besides hanging out at College of DuPage and communing with Dickens, I enjoy exploring and studying cyberculture, and poking around in the book sections of antique shops and thrift stores.  (Though I'm strictly a so-so cook, I do collect antique cookbooks.) Despite some internet age critics' dystopian visions of  a future without books,  I don't believe that the book as we know it will be relegated to history's dust bin any time soon--portable; not vulnerable to the vagaries of power-outages, virus induced crashes, or planned obsolescence; and bootable everywhere from a mountain top to a beach, the book may be the ideal communications technology.  Of course, since I can boast a healthy if somewhat dusty collection of long-play record albums, my credentials as a futurist might not be above reproach.

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Books I've Enjoyed Recently

King, Stephen.  On Writing:  A Memoir of the Craft.

Miles, Jack.  God:  A Biography and Christ:  A Crisis in the Life of God.

Prejean, Helen.  Dead Man Walking:  An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

Pullman, Phillip.  His Dark Materials Trilogy.  (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass.) 

Smith, Huston.  Why Religion Matters:  The Future of Faith in an Age of Disbelief.

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My All-Time Favorite Writers (At the Moment!)

Poets:  Robert Frost, Jane Kenyon, Marge Piercy, Sharon Olds, Russell Edson, Margaret Atwood.

Cyberpunk Novelists:  Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Hand.

Fantasy Novelists:  Guy Gavriel Kay, David Eddings. 

Nonfiction:  Stephen Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks.

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Some Favorite Web Sites (Also at the Moment!)

Students chatting atop the sculpture south of SRC in Spring Quarter, 2001.

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Kathy A. Fitch
Winter Quarter, 2002
College of DuPage

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Ever wonder how teachers regard the process of  grading student work?  See A Grading Poem.

Copyright 2000-2002, Kathy A. Fitch
College of DuPage Liberal Arts Division IC 3129 B (630) 942-3367
FitchK@cdnet.cod.edu Disclaimer 03 May 2009

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