Kris Whorton teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and Western humanities.
Creative Writing and Literature
In my creative writing classes, we read and discuss a variety of professional writers and practice writing both in and away from the classroom. My hope is that students will find texts that inspire them and that they will experiment and explore with their own writing. I encourage relaxed and open discussion and the exchange of opinions and perspectives.
In my Literature classes, texts operate as the gateway for discussion regarding the politics, socio-economic, gender, etc issues of a place and time. I ask questions and encourage students to do the same thing.
What are your expectations of students?
That they come to class open to whatever comes their way, that they ask questions, and offer and share ideas. Participation is important, whether it is verbal or active engagement. Read the required work before class and come prepared to talk about it, and write about it.
Why did you become an English professor?
I love reading and talking about writing, and writing and talking about writing, and what makes it work or not. What other job would fit this bill?
Why teach X?
I teach because I love hearing students' ideas about the texts they're reading and writing (and writing about), as well as the stories, essays, and poetry they write.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I run, Standup Paddleboard, hike, practice and teach yoga, rock climb, garden, read, explore, travel, and so on, as long as it's outside; I prefer to leave my phone/technology at home.
What's something about you that might surprise your students?
Gratuitous action films are my top movie choice most of the time.