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Dr. Kelly Cameron
PhD in Rhetoric and Composition (Texas Christian University)

Minard 316G
Phone: 701-231-5053

Biographical Sketch

My career began in journalism. After working for two years at a small newspaper in northern Minnesota, I came to NDSU to get an M.A. in English. It was here where I discovered I very much enjoyed teaching and that I wanted to learn a lot more about rhetoric. So I got my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. I came back to serve as a lecturer here about five years ago. I have also served as Interim Director of First-Year Writing.

I teach mostly ENGL 110/100, but I have also begun to teach intro courses in the Women and Gender Studies Program.

My research interests include feminist approaches to rhetoric and cultural rhetorics.

Currently, I'm working on projects about Frances Power Cobbe, an Anglo-Irish Victorian journalist and activist, and female online advice columnists. I live in Fargo with my husband, Ben, and our cat, Salem.

Ryan Christiansen, MFA
MFA in Creative Writing (Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 2012)
Graduate Certificate in Publishing (Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 2010)

Office: Minard 316C
Phone: 701-231-7027

Biographical Sketch

Ryan Christiansen teaches first-year and upper-division creative writing, technical writing, and college composition courses. He has and continues to work in a variety of disciplines, including journalism, technical writing, and creative writing. His current endeavors include being active in the Professional Football Researchers Association, which includes reading and writing about this history of pro football. He is also working on his second novel, a historical fantasy set in Northern Europe during the Viking Age. His first novel, Boy Wanted, was published by North Dakota State University Press in 2015.

Ryan Christiansen received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2012, where he also earned a Certificate in Publishing at the graduate level in 2010.

Louise Hanson Dittmer, MA

Office: Minard 316L
Phone: 701-231-7020

Biographical Sketch

Jamee Larson, MFA
MFA in Creative Writing (Minnesota State University-Moorhead)

Office: Minard 316L
Phone: 701-231-7020

Biographical Sketch

Jamee Larson earned her B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis) and M.F.A in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction Emphasis) from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, Mrs. Larson is teaching Composition II at NDSU and Composition I and Technical Writing at MSUM. She is also a feature writer for the FM Extra Newspaper in Moorhead. 

When not doting on her neices and nephews, Mrs. Larson enjoys basketball (Go Heat) and is working on revising a memoir to submit for publication.

Benjamin Melby, ABD
MA in English Literature (Indiana University)

Minard 316C
Phone: 701-231-7027

Biographical Sketch

I received my MA in English Literature from Indiana University, where I am currently a PhD candidate in British Romanticism. My specific interests are poetry, cognitive literary theory, and aesthetics.

My teaching experience is mostly working with “basic writers.” I enjoy the flexibility of reading and writing across time periods, genres, and media in these introductory composition courses. Continuing in this vein, I will be teaching ENGL 110 courses this semester at NDSU.

Natalie Smith Carlsen, MA
MA in English (North Dakota State University)

: Minard 316G
Phone: 701-231-5053

Biographical Sketch

I received my Master's degree in composition rhetoric with an emphasis on women’s studies, and 
completed my B.A. at Minnesota State University with a degree in English,
emphasis in multi-ethnic literature, a theatre minor and a Certificate in Publishing 
from New Rivers Press.

Academic Interests: 
I am interested in the representation of women, not only in composition, but societally, and I completed my thesis after studying the way first year students “read” the images of women in our culture. 

I’m also actively involved in working to challenge current medical and social rhetorics around breastfeeding and childbirth.

I press my students to become aware of and involved in social issues in our country. There are so many people who don't get the opportunity for the education that we are currently pursuing and I want my students to understand how we, collectively and individually, arrive at our prejudices, so we can be motivated to create change. 

Experience:  I have held several jobs in English and Theatre instruction over the past 15 years, as well as worked as a composition tutor at MSUM, NDSU, and privately. I’m elated to be working full time as a lecturer in this interesting and supportive department. I also teach in the Women and Gender Studies department, and altogether, have a wide range of classes this year, from English 120 to Writing in the Health Professions, and from Writing in the Technical Professions to Introduction to Masculinities. I’m always working to translate my interest in race, class and gender issues to my students.

I am married and have three kids. We love to travel, make music, and be photographers.

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