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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 is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and currently serves as Co-Director for the Program in Professional Writing (PPW). She has taught in the program since 2012 and she served as Assistant Director from August 2017 to December 2019. In 2020, in collaboration with Andrew Moss, she was awarded a grant from the Teaching Advancement Board and Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning for their work on emotion in the learning of business writing. She is a founding member of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition, and has taught labor leadership and grievance sessions for the UIUC School of Labor and Employee Relations’ United Steel Worker Summer School. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia College and was a first-generation college student from LeFlore County, OK. Prior to coming to UIUC, she coordinated a Writers in the Schools program, guiding and supervising first-time instructors in the teaching of middle school creative writing classes. In addition to teaching college composition, rhetoric, creative writing, and literature, she also has experience teaching creative writing at the secondary education level. 



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 250: Principles of Business Communication

Rhetoric 105: Research and Writing

English 199: Writing to get that job!

Additional Campus Affiliations

Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition