Kathryn Gindlesparger

Kathryn Gindlesparger
Director of the Writing Program
Asssistant Professor
Email: gindlespargerk@philau.edu

Katie earned a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2010. While writing her dissertation, Katie was the Writing Director at VOICES: Community Stories Past and Present, a nonprofit wire service, where she oversaw the training of hundreds of Tucson teenagers to tell their stories in the mainstream news. You can hear an example here:  https://radio.azpm.org/p/azspot/2009/6/12/azspotlight-voices-community-stories/

Katie teaches American Social Justice and all levels of Writing.

Katie’s research interests include community literacy, writing program administration, ethnography, and women’s rhetorics. She is currently working on an essay about the role study abroad plays in professional identity formation. Katie is an active member and past chair of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators.  


  1. Gindlesparger, Kathryn and Holly Ryan. “Calling it Quits: Fissures in Feminist Mentoring.”
    Forthcoming in Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. 19.1 (2016).

  2. Gindlesparger, Kathryn. “Introduction to Activism: Rhetoric, Social Justice, and Professionally-Oriented Students.” Peace Studies Journal. 9.1 (2016): 107-119.

  3. Gindlesparger, Kathryn. “The Sadder the Story, the Bigger the Check: Reciprocity as an Answer to Organizational Deficit Models.” Community Literacy Journal. 5.1 (2010).