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Karen Kaiser Lee

Karen Kaiser LeeAssistant Professor



Karen Kaiser Lee is an assistant professor in the Language and Literature Department. She teaches courses in first-year composition, upper division writing and rhetoric, and digital and professional writing. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Florida, then worked for several years as a professional and technical writer before attending graduate school to study rhetoric and composition, earning a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Her scholarly interests include the teaching of research skills in writing courses and the persuasive effectiveness of logos. Previously she was an assistant professor at Youngstown State University where she taught courses in the Department of English's Professional and Technical Writing program.

Courses Taught

Work in Progress

"Pain and the Research Paper: How We Talk to Students and Ourselves About Research Writing" (journal article).


"The Research Paper Project in the Undergraduate Writing Course: Some History." The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Randall McClure and Jim Purdy, editors. American Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Scholarly Monograph Series. 2013.


"But My Mom Really Liked the Brochure I Made For Her: A Professional Writing Program's Problematic, Promising Encounter with Client-Based Service Learning." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 2015.

"#professional writer: Helping Students Visualize Themselves as Professional Writers." Poster presentation. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014.

"Introducing Primary Research Skills to First-Year Composition Students." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.

"Heuristic or Hermeneutic? What We Ask Students To Do When We Assign The Research Paper." Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.