Kay Halasek

Kay  Halasek

Kay Halasek




357 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Composition theory
  • Composition pedagogy
  • History of composition
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Writing program administration
  • GTA professional learning
  • Feminist pedagogies
  • Historiographic methods


  • PhD, University of Texas — Austin, 1990
  • MA, Northern Arizona University, 1983
  • BA, Georgetown College, 1981

Kay Halasek's areas of scholarly publication include rhetorical theory and composition theory, history and pedagogy. She is author of the CCCC Outstanding Book Award-winning A Pedagogy of Possibility, co-editor of Landmark Essays on Basic Writing and co-author of two writing textbooks. She has published articles in College English, Written Communication, Composition Studies, The WPA Journal, Rhetoric Review, Pedagogy, and The Journal of General Education.

Her recent publications focus on writing program administration and eLearning, particularly massive distance education in MOOCs. Her current work-in-progress, Metaphors We Teach By: Reflections on Writing Pedagogy in the Age of Big Teaching, turns a critical eye toward entrenched and undertheorized classroom practices, examining their problematic implications for student learning and proposing new approaches and understandings.

Halasek currently directs the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (phone number: 614-688-2722), a pedagogical, policy and research center devoted to enhancing teaching at Ohio State.

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