Concordia University

Dr. Debra Beilke

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College of Arts and Sciences


Debra Beilke, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Office#: Administration 220
Phone: 651-641-8260
Fax: 651-659-0207


Writing Center


Ph.D. in English, 1997
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Area of Concentration: American Literature
Minor: Black Women's Studies

M.A. in English
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

B.A. with Honors
Majors: English and French
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985


 Cracking Up the South: Humor and Identity in Southern Renaissance Fiction.
 Director: Nellie McKay

Teaching Experience
Tenure-track professor at Concordia University-St. Paul, 1997-present:

English 155: Introduction to Literature (traditional classroom, CUEnet, and
accelerated online  learning)
English 100: Introduction to College Writing
English 120: College Writing
English 420: Persuasive Writing on Contemporary Issues (previously known as
 Advanced Expository Writing)
English 325: Creative Writing
English 375: World Literature I: Greek and Roman Classics
English 376: World Literature II: African Novel
English 385: American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865
English 386: American Literature II: 1865 to present
English 490:  Seminar in Southern Women Writers
English 490: Seminar in African-American Literature
English 498: Framing the Literary Tradition
English 222: Journalism Practicum
English 224: Teaching Writing One on One
NSS 100: New Student Seminar
 RUS 129: Introduction to Russian Studies
Several weekend seminars for Continuing Studies:

Business Writing
Contemporary Fiction: Toni Morrison's Beloved
Contemporary Fiction: Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler
Contemporary Fiction: Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres
Contemporary Fiction:  Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible
Contemporary Fiction: Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain

 American Literature of the 1920's-Elderhostel course.

Instructor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990-1997

Teaching Assistant in charge of discussion sessions and grading for following courses:
Introduction to 19th Century Literature
Introduction to 20th Century Literature
 Women, Social Institutions and Social Change
Business Writing

 Sole Instructor for the following courses:
Introduction to Creative Writing
First Year Composition
Second Semester Composition: The Research Paper
Intermediate Composition
Writing Center Instructor

Research and Teaching Interests:

American Literature, African Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Writing and Feminist Theory, Southern Literature, Autobiography, Psychology and Literature


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