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Melanie Burdick

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Room 112
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Longview Community College, Associate of Arts
Avila University, Bachelor of Arts
Univ of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
Washburn University, Assistant Professor, 2011-present

University of Missouri—Kansas City, Coordinator of Dual Credit English, 2008-2011

University of Kansas, Supervisor for Secondary English Student Teaching, 2008-2011 

Metropolitan Community Colleges, Lecturer in English, 2005-2008 

University of Missouri—Kansas City, Director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, 2000-2005 

  • EN 100 A, Developmental English
  • EN 100 C, Developmental English
  • EN 101 D, Freshman Comp
  • EN 101 H, Freshman Comp
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Teaching of writing in high school and college; relationship and overlap of creative and academic forms of writing; preparation of secondary English teachers; composition and rhetoric; service learning.
Service Interests/Activities

Director of Composition; liaison for English Concurrent Enrollment Program; English Education Assessment Committee.

Career Accomplishments

Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • Hallman, H.L. & Burdick, M.N. (2015) Community Fieldwork in Teacher Education: Theory and Practice. New York, New York: Routledge. 


Journal Articles and Invited Book Chapters
  • Weed, D., Burdick, M., & Roeckers, T. (Forthcoming) “Making Peace with a ‘Regrettable Necessity’: Composition Instructors Negotiate Curricular Standardization” In W. Sharer (Eds), Reclaiming Accountability: Using the Work of Re/Accreditation to Improve Writing Programs, Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
  • Hallman, H.L. & Burdick, M.N. (2014) “Re-constructing ‘at risk’ youth through acts of service learning.” In V. Kinloch & P. Smagorinsky (Eds), Service-Learning in Literacy Education: Possibilities for Teacher Educators. Scottsdale, Arizona: Information Age Publishing.  
  • Burdick M.N. (2011). Teacher negotiation and embedded process: A study of high school writing assignments. Journal of Teaching Writing, 26(2), 21-44.
  • Burdick, M. (2011). Researcher and teacher-participant found poetry: Collaboration in poetic transcription. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(SI 1.10).
  • Hallman, H.L. & Burdick, M.N. (2011). Service learning and the preparation of English teachers. English Education, 43, 341-368.
  • Burdick, M. (2009). Grading the war story. Teaching English in the Two Year College, 357-358.


Conference Presentations:

  • "Redefining ‘College Level’ Writing: A Research Study of High School English Teachers’ Views on the Secondary/Post-Secondary Transition." Cavalier Conference of Writing and Literature, April 25, 2015
  • "Community-Based Field Experiences in Teacher Education: Examining the Intersection of Content-Area Learning with Community-Based Spaces." American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, April 16, 2015
  • "Creating the High School Writing Center: Empowering Teachers and Students." Kansas Association of Teachers of English Conference, Wichita, Kansas, October 30, 2014.
  • "Teaching Writing: Instructing Students to Conform or Create?" Write to Learn Conference, Osage Beach, Missouri, February, 2014.
  • "Interrogating Gender in the Secondary English Teacher Role: A Case Study of One Prospective English." Teacher Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Palo Alto, CA, September, 2013.
  • "‘I Have to Extend Myself”: How High School Teachers Define College-Level Writing." Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. Savannah, GA, July, 2013. 
  • Writing Poetry to Illuminate Informative Texts. Round table presentation for NCTE-CEE Commission on the Teaching of Poetry at the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference, Chicago, Illinois, November, 2011.
  • Dual Credit Curricular Alignment: Facing Context and Collaboration in High Schools and College. Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2011.
  • Blurring the Lines between “Creative” and “Academic” Writing. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 2010.
  • Researcher-Teacher-Participant Found Poetry: Collaboration in Poetic Transcription. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 30-May 4, 2010.
  • Curricular Extensions within a Multi-Grade Action Research Circle. Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), San Francisco, CA March, 2009.
  • Writing Diversity through the Service Learning Cycle. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, New York, New York, November, 2007.


Awards and Other Professional Accomplishments:

  • Awarded $1,732.00 through the Council of Writing Program Administrators Research Grant, for study: "Sources of Professional Knowledge: How Do High School Teachers Define 'College-level Writing'?" March, 2012.
  • Winner of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from American Educational Research Association Narrative Research Special Interest Group, 2012.  
  • Winner of the Sosland Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing; UMKC Department of English, 2007.