Karen Bishop-Morris

Professor Karen Bishop-Morris

Assistant Professor

of English

Director, First-Year Writing Program

Director, PUC Writing Center

CLO 288 | 219/989-2626 morrisk@purduecal.edu

Courses commonly taught:

Dr. Karen Bishop-Morris is responsible for curriculum development, program assessment, faculty evaluation, mentoring and professional development for the writing program.  Dr. Bishop-Morris also trains graduate students in the theory and practice of writing pedagogy.


ENGL 10000 English Composition
ENGL 10400 English Composition I
ENGL 10500 English Composition II
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First-Year Composition
ENGL 30400 Advanced Composition
ENGL 30800 Modern English Grammar
ENGL 39600G/59000G Practicum in the Tutoring of Writing/Writing Processes


ENGL 50400 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing
ENGL 59600A Assessing Written Texts
ENGL 59100 Intro to Rhetoric and Composition Theory
ENGL 68000 Seminar in Cultural Studies and Composition
ENGL 68000W Seminar in Writing Program Administration (W. Lafayette)
ENGL 69100 Seminar in English Language Arts


Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., Purdue University Calumet
B.A., Georgia State University


Karen Bishop Morris brings 20+ years of experience in business and industry, philanthropy, and higher education to her position as Director, First-Year Writing Program and Writing Center at Purdue University Calumet. She has also served as the assistant director of the writing program at Purdue University, and director of the writing program at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.  Outside of academe, her expertise lies in the areas of board development, capital campaigns, grantsmanship and major gift development for national education, health, and social service non-profit organizations.

Dr. Bishop-Morris has been recognized for her work with faculty across the disciplines to form public writing partnerships and to integrate writing into their content areas as the Inaugural Writing Fellow at the University of Southern Indiana in 2003. In 2004, she was granted a Liberal Arts Research Award at USI to investigate the impact of government funding on institutional identity through university capital campaigns. In 2011, she received an Experiential Learning Course Design and Development Award at Purdue University Calumet to assess the integration of experiential learning across multiple sections of writing courses.

Karen’s current teaching includes graduate seminars in cultural studies and composition, writing assessment, and the theory and practice of teaching composition. Her scholarship focuses on (1) using the teaching of writing to help students see their academic preparation as transferable to the workplace; and (2) mediating literacy issues for first-generation and non-traditional students. Her work has appeared in English Education, WPA: The Journal for Writing Program Administrators, and several edited collections.

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