Kay Halasek was named inaugural director of the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning in 2016. She also holds an appointment as professor of English.
As director of the Drake Institute, Halasek leads enterprise initiatives in instructional support for faculty and graduate students and research on and policy development related to teaching and learning. Among her accomplishments is the development of the Drake Institute teaching endorsements, a series of professional learning opportunities specifically designed to support a career-long learning pathways for all teachers at the University. The Drake Institute teaching endorsements were created by and in partnership with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and University Libraries.
Professor Halasek’s research spans a variety of areas within rhetorical theory and the teaching of writing, including feminist historiography, theories of writing, collaborative learning, writing program administration, portfolio assessment, and basic writing. Her work has been widely recognized in her discipline. A Pedagogy of Possibility: Bakhtinian Perspectives on Composition Studies was awarded one of the field’s highest honors as the Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book. She is also recipient of the Charles Kneupper Award for the outstanding paper in Rhetoric Society Quarterly and has served as a distinguished visitor at the University of Houston and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.