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Kay Emmert

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608 S Wright St
Urbana, IL 61801
Co-Director of Program in Professional Writing
Senior Lecturer


Kay Emmert (she/her) is co-director of the Program in Professional Writing, a position she has occupied since spring 2020. She works on course scheduling and staffing, student requests, supervising program staff, and long-term development of the Program in Professional Writing. In addition to helping to revise long-standing course offerings, she creates writing courses specially designed to meet targeted needs of collaborative partners across campus. She has co-written researched articles about revising a professional writing program. In 2021, she collaborated with program faculty on a grant studying emotion in business writing, and co-presented on this research at the Writing and Well-Being Conference in 2022. As part of her on-going interests in the continuous improvement model for writing program administration, she presented on the role of non-tenure track faculty in curriculum development as part of the CWPA panel at the 2023 MLA Conference.  



BFA Stephens College

MFA Georgia College


“Emotion and the Writing Process in the Program in Professional Writing” in collaboration with Andrew Moss
Teaching Advancement Board and Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, UIUC, May 2020.

  • This project integrates Kort’s emotional learning spiral into the writing pedagogy for five BTW classes in AY 2020-21. During this project, instructors anticipate (and then assess, respond to, and present their reflections about) students’ affect during one of BTW 250 – Principles of Business Communication’s more complex assignments.


Courses Taught

BTW 280: Global Business Communication

BTW 250: Principles of Business Communication

BTW 199: ATLAS Internship Success

Rhetoric 105: Research and Writing

English 199: Writing Job Applications

CW 100: Introduction to Creative Writing


Additional Campus Affiliations

Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition