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Katherine Kiblinger Gottschalk

Senior Lecturer

Mcgraw Hall, Room 101
101 McGraw Hall


Walter C. Teagle Director of First-Year Writing Seminars and Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Katherine K. Gottschalk (Ph.D., University of Chicago) became associate director of Cornell’s Writing Program in 1982 and director of First-Year Writing Seminars in 1988. As director of First-Year Writing Seminars, Gottschalk attends to the administrative needs of this far-ranging program that encompasses over 30 departments. A recipient of the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Gottschalk currently teaches courses in the study and writing of memoir. Her publications in the field of writing program administration and writing-in-the-disciplines include The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines (Bedford, 2004), co-authored with her colleague, Keith Hjortshoj, director of Cornell’s Writing in the Majors program.


  • English


  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Composition pedagogy
  • Writing program administration
  • Memoir
  • Creative non-fiction


  • Gottschalk, Katherine, and Keith Hjortshoj. The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors in All Disciplines. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's 2004.
  • Gottschalk, Katherine. "The Ecology of Response to Student Essays." ADE Bulletin. MLA, Spring/Fall 2003. Nos. 134-135, pp. 49-56.
  • ---. "TAs and the Teaching of Writing at Cornell: A Historical Perspective." Local Knowledge, Local Practices: Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell . Ed. Jonathan Monroe. Pittsburgh: U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2003. "Contact Zones: Composition's Content in the University." Professing in the Contact Zone: Bringing Theory and Practice Together. Ed. Janice M. Wolff. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 2002. 
  • "Preparing Teachers of Writing Across the Curriculum to Teach Writing." Preparing College Teachers of Writing: Histories, Theories, Programs, and Practices. Eds. Sarah Liggett and Betty P. Pytlik. Oxford U. Press, 2001.
  • "Putting–and Keeping–the Cornell Writing Program in Its Place: Writing in the Disciplines." Language and Learning Across the Disciplines. 2.1 (April 1997) 22-45.
  • "Uncommon Grounds: What Are the Primary Traits of a Writing Course?" Interchange in College Composition and Communication. 47.4/December 1996. 594 - 599.
  • "The Writing Program in the University." ADE [Association of Departments of English] Bulletin. Winter, 1995.
  • "Isabel Huggan and Jane Urquhart: Feminine in This?" In Canadian Women Writing Fiction, ed. Mickey Pearlman. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.
  • "TA training for Freshman Writing Seminars at Cornell. Preparing Graduate Students to Teach: A Guide to Programs That Improve Undergraduate Education and Develop Tomorrow's Faculty. Eds. Leo M. Lambert and Stacey Lane Tice. Washington, D.C.: The American Association for Higher Education, 1993. 79 -81.
  • "Stephen King's Dark and Terrible Mother, Annie Wilkes." The Anna Book. Ed. Mickey Pearlman. Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • "Training TAs Across the Curriculum to Teach Writing: Embracing Diversity." Preparing the Professoriate of Tomorrow to Teach. Eds. Jody Nyquist, et al. Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1991.
  • "Paralyzed in the Present: Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's Mothers, or Daughters." Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature. Ed. Mickey Pearlman. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.
  • Bogel, Fredric V. and Katherine K. Gottschalk, eds. Teaching Prose: A Guide for Writing Instructors. New York: W. W. Norton, 1988. My chapters are "Classroom Activities" and "Writing in the Non-Writing Class."
  • "Discoveries Concerning British Library MS Harley 6910." Modern Philology, 77 (1979), 121-31.