Dr. Kelly Sassi
Office: Minard 318E22
Kelly Sassi (PhD, University of Michigan, 2008). Sassi is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment—55% in the English department and 45% in the School of Education. She coordinates the English Education program, co-directs the Red River Valley Writing Project, and teaches courses in both English education and composition. Her research agenda focuses on social justice issues, including race in the classroom, fair practices in writing assessment, feminist research methodologies, pedagogical approaches to Native American literatures, multicultural field experiences, and the high school to college transition in writing.
Sassi co-authored two books, Writing on Demand (2005) and A Student Guide to Writing on Demand (2006), with Anne Gere and Leila Christenbury. She has also published articles on anti-racist teaching practices (2008) and issues of plagiarism (2011) in English Journal with her collaborator, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. Some of her forthcoming articles include mentorship as methodology in Qualitative Inquiry (January 2013), “warm demander” pedagogy in Urban Education, and immersive field experience in Multicultural Education.
A former high school English teacher, Sassi has presented around 50 professional development workshops for teachers on writing and reading strategies. She is a consultant for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and a trainer for Project CRISS, a research-based learning strategies program. She was a reader for the College Board Advanced Placement English exam for six years and currently is the ND state representative for the Adolescent Literacy Assembly of NCTE. She has developed a new course on Young Adult Literature that will be offered at NDSU for the first time in fall 2013.
Sassi, a Fargo native who has spent the majority of her life in Alaska, enjoys cross-country skiing, bicycling and travel with her partner and their two children.
Kelly Sassi CV January 2013
Last Updated: October 10, 2014.