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Kelli MacCartey

Kelli MacCartey

Kelli MacCartey

Distinguished Lecturer

419 McClung Tower


Dr. MacCartey specializes in British Romanticism, focusing mainly on women’s verse. She teaches the following courses in the English Department: 101 (Composition), 102 (Composition), 118 (Honors Composition), 251 (Introduction to Poetry), 254 (Themes in Literature—War in the Graphic Novel), 255 (Public Writing), 290 (Intermediate Research and Writing), 414 (Romantic Literature), 422 (British Women Writers). She has also developed her own fully-online version of Introduction to Poetry (251).

Teaching Interests

Dr. MacCartey regularly teaches the following courses:

  • First Year Composition (101) Freshmen course which introduces strategies for written argumentation, critical reading, and discussion. Emphasizes audience analysis, the arrangement of ideas, the revision of style, and mechanics.
  • Inquiry into the Natural World (102) Self-designed composition course which focuses on critical strategies for reading and writing using American environmental literatures, films, and audio essays as texts. Emphasizes documentation, library skills, and the continued development of style and voice.
  • Honors English Composition (118) Self-designed accelerated and interdisciplinary special topics course that covers the same skill sets as English 101 and 102. Focuses on rhetorical, contextual, and historical analysis.
  • Introduction to Poetry (251) Self-designed literature course which equips students to read poetry perceptively and to become aware of poetry as a mode of artistic expression. Form, theme, imagery, sound, and critical approaches emphasized in addition to the detailed study of particular authors.
  • Themes in Literature (254) Self-designed literature course titled “Illustrations of Conflict in the Graphic Novel.” Explores visual literacy through the graphic novel and focuses on the particular themes of survival, identity, and freedom during war time.
  • Public Writing (255) Discussion-based composition course exploring the relationship between the public and private and our role as American citizens in an ever-changing society. Detailed examinations of news media, historical documents and political narratives. Emphasizes the diverse forms of written communication. Concentrates on using technology.
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose (414) Self-designed upper-division course covering the first half of the Romantic period. Discusses 18th and 19th century history and culture. Analyzes major and minor authors in Britain including Barbauld, Smith, Robinson, Wollstonecraft, Austen, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, and Hazlitt, among others.
  • Women Writers in Britain (422) Self-designed upper-division course focusing on famous and lesser-known female writers from the 18th century to present day. Uses an historical approach to discuss the development of women’s voices over time, but also covers a variety of women writers and genres to indicate the diversity of voices in literature. Cross-listed with Women Studies 422.


  • Ph.D., The University of Warwick, Coventry, England
  • M.A., The University of York, England
  • B.A., The University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Service

  • Lecturer Voting Representative, English Department, August 2009 to present.
  • Faculty Fellow, Experience Learning Summer Institute, Summer and Fall 2017.
  • Hiring Representative / Lecturers Committee Member, English Department, August 2014 to August 2016.
  • Participant, Summer Accessibility Program, OIT, June 2016.
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee for English 290, August 2015 to May 2016.
  • Mentor, English Department, August 2015 to August 2016 and August 2017 to the present.
  • Participant, Summer Program for Flipped and Hybrid Teaching, May 2015 to July 2015.
  • Videographer, English Department, August 2010 to August 2015.
  • Participant, First Year Studies Instructor Conference, Fall 2014.
  • Trainee, Safe Zone Workshop, Center for Health Education and Wellness, Fall 2014.
  • Participant, Speakologist Seminar, Center for Health Education and Wellness, Fall 2014.
  • Rater, General Education Assessment, Office of the Provost, Spring 2014.
  • Committee Member, Life of the Mind Programming Committee, April 2014.
  • Discussion Leader. First Year Studies 100, August 2011-2014.
  • Committee Member, Hodges Teaching Award Committee, Spring 2011.
  • Participant, Ready for the World Initiatives Outcomes Assessment Program, Spring 2010 to Spring 2011.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Featured Professor, OIT Faculty Spotlight 2018
  • Nominee, Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award 2018
  • Finalist, College Convocation Teaching Award 2017
  • Finalist, College Convocation Teaching Award 2016
  • Grant from the Office of Experience Learning to participate as Faculty Fellow in The Experience Learning Summer Institute 2017
  • Grant from TennTLC/OIT to develop a fully-online version of Introduction to Poetry 2016
  • John C. Hodges Course Release 2016
  • NEH Summer Scholar, “Reassessing Romanticism” Seminar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2013
  • John C. Hodges Course Release 2012
  • John C. Hodges Course Release 2010
  • Faculty First Grant from the Innovative Technology Center 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship 2003

Invited Lectures

  • Presenter, English Department Workshop, “Teaching Advanced First-Year Writers.” August 2017.
  • Participant, Online Teaching and Learning Roundtable, April 2017.
  • Presenter, English Department Workshop, “Accessible Course Design and Delivery.” August 2016.
  • Guest Speaker, Programs Abroad Workshop, “Opportunities for Study Abroad Alumni,” February 2015.
  • Presenter, English Department Workshop, “Streamlining and Connecting Courses: Innovative Technology Center Resources.” August 2009