About Me

I’m an associate professor of English at the University of Delaware where I teach writing, rhetoric, and composition theory. I am also a Faculty Scholar affiliated with UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity. I hold an M.A. in literary studies and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. Before coming to Delaware in 2008, I was an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University.

My research focuses on classroom discourse, rhetorics of diversity and difference, writing pedagogy, rhetorical agency, and disability studies.

Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference

My book, Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference, was published in 2014 as part of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series published by NCTE and was awarded the 2015 Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

The book makes an argument for a new way of understanding how difference circulates and takes shape within writing classrooms, one that is dynamic, relational, and emergent through developing interpersonal relationships, and has been reviewed in Disability Studies Quarterly and Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning.

Current Work

I am currently working on a project focused on narrative and disability disclosure. I’ve received several grants to support my disability scholarship and activism, most recently a 2014-15 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the AAUW’s American Fellowships Program. I’ve also received a collaborative Research Initiative Grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and individual grants from UD’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and  UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity.

How to Contact Me

You can contact me via email at kersch at udel dot edu. My twitter handle is @slkersch. During Spring 2016, I am writing-on-site on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11 in Morris Library. Come join us for write-on-site accountability!

A Note on Accessibility

I want this site to be as accessible as possible for visitors. If there are elements you can’t access well, please let me know.

The header image at the top of the site is a close-up photo of a section of a brick ramp on the University of Delaware campus. Each brick is colored in with brightly-colored chalk as part of a public art project created by UD art students.