Name: Katie Burpo
Title: Instructor of English
Education: B.A., 2008 DePauw University; M.F.A., 2011 Western Michigan University
Years at Franklin College: 3
Campus and Community Involvement: Write Place instructor; Coordinator of English Department Social Media
How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field of English?
“The liberal arts environment is incredibly conducive to the study of English. Stories, books and poems are records of the human experience, and the diversity of coursework at Franklin deepens our understanding of the world at large. This informs the reading and creation of all works of literature.”
Is there anything that you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin as opposed to other schools?
“I love teaching at Franklin because I am surrounded by passionate, innovative instructors who inspire me to evaluate my teaching strategies while also keeping up with work in my field of creative writing. This makes Franklin a unique and wonderful place to work.”
Where have your students been employed after graduation from Franklin?
“My former students have sought fulfilling and interesting career paths after graduation. These pursuits include teaching English abroad and working in a variety of business settings including marketing companies, publishing houses and independent bookshops. Others are enrolled in post-graduate studies and law school.”
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
“My advice is to enter Franklin College with an open mind, and prepare yourself to be inspired by those around you. You will be amazed by your own potential.”
If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?
“If I could teach a course in another department it would definitely be an art history course, focusing on modern and contemporary work. I completed a minor in art history in college, and I love works of art as much as I love literature!”
What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?
“A student might be surprised to learn that I once lived on a commune in Virginia for a month. This was during a Winter Term trip studying alternative communities and utopia that I took during my junior year at DePauw University.”
Describe your favorite characteristic of the Franklin College community.
“My favorite aspect of the Franklin College community is our small size that allows faculty to foster meaningful relationships with colleagues and students that are both intellectually and personally rewarding.”
For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 852-0232.