Dr. Kate Chaterdon
Assistant Professor of English
Kate Chaterdon received her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from The University of Arizona in 2016. Kate’s research explores how to incorporate mindfulness and contemplative practice in the writing class, and the effects of this implementation on student learning outcomes, student fulfillment, and general cognitive ability. Recently, Kate has begun to delve into the connections between developing a contemplative writing practice and the development of metacognitive skills, which allow students to transfer writing knowledge across various contexts.
Before she got her PhD, Kate attended Siena College, where she received a B.A. in English, and had the pleasure of studying abroad at Queen Mary University in London. After graduation, Kate joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Nongkhai, Thailand for two years.
At Marist, Kate teaches a variety of writing and rhetoric courses, both for the Professional Writing Minor and the Writing Concentration for the English Major. In her free time, Kate likes to drink coffee, read mystery novels, practice yoga, spend time with family and friends, hike the Hudson Valley, and travel.
BA English, 2005 – Siena College
MA English, 2011 – The University of Arizona
PhD Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, 2016 – The University of Arizona
Research Interests and Specializations
Rhetoric and Composition, Contemplative Pedagogy, Mindfulness and Writing, Writing and Cognition, Rhetorics of Embodiment, Composition Theory, Feminist Rhetorics/Pedagogy
(forthcoming) “Writing Into Awareness: How Metacognitive Awareness Can Be Encouraged Through Contemplative Teaching Practices.” Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 16 (2019). Print.
“Contemplative Neuroscience and the Teaching of Writing: Meditation as Mental Training.” Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning 22.1 (2017). Print.
“Mindful Writer/Embodied Writer: Universal Design and Public Argument in FYC.” Praxis Wiki, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 19.2 (2015). Web. With Katie Silvester.
“Conducting a Spatial Analysis Through the Lens of Universal Design.” Writing Commons: The Home for Writers. April 2015. Web. With Katie Silvester and Lizzy Bentley.
Review of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. By Barbezat, Daniel P. and Mirabai Bush. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014. Published by Ethos 1.2 (2014). Web.
“Cognition, Contemplative Neuroscience, and the Writing Process: Important Convergences for the Writing Class.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. NCTE, Portland, OR. 17 March 2017. Presentation.
“Thinking Things Together: Contemplative Pedagogy and Academic Writing Instruction.” Summer Conference of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. NCTE, Estes Park, CO. 19 June 2015. Presentation.
“Contemplative-Composition Education: Exploring the Possibility of a Synergy.” Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. Seattle, WA. 11 October 2014. Poster Presentation.
“Thinking Ahead: Scaffolding Curricular Alternatives for (Dis)abilities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication – Digital Pedagogy Poster Session. NCTE, Indianapolis, IN. 21 March 2014. Poster Presentation.
“An Autoethnographic Account of a Critical FYC Course.” Qualitative Research Network of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. NCTE, Las Vegas, NV. 13 March 2013. Presentation.