Reprinted from Faculty Newsletter 2013 

Emily has taught writing at the college level for seven years, and has taught English Composition (ENGL 111) and Exposition and Persuasion (ENGL 112). Emily is passionate about the arts and community arts education. She has built a community of writers and an audience for literature in Central Indiana, developed educational resources at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for six years, and also has served as a program manager and then the executive director at the Writers’ Center of Indiana.

Emily demonstrated a clear passion for students.

After earning her MFA in creative nonfiction at West Virginia University, Emily moved with her family back to Indianapolis where she began teaching at Ivy Tech. Emily is crazy about Indianapolis--it’s access to an engaging arts community, affordability, and because it is so easy to navigate compared to a mountainous West Virginia terrain! She spends her free time gardening and cooking enthusiastically (but not particularly well, she claims), touring local garage sales, and running around after a rambunctious three-year-old son.

She encourages projects that nudge students to take a leadership role in the classroom.

As one of the pilot faculty for the American Honors program at Ivy Tech, Emily demonstrated a clear passion for students and a flexibility in learning new tools under quick timelines. She has now developed two courses with the program and thoughtfully approaches engagement in all of her classes. When thinking about students and honors, she encourages projects that nudge students to take a leadership role in the classroom as a way of having them take ownership of their ideas and preparing them for advanced academic and professional communities.


Authored by Jessica Gregg

Jessica writes about American Honors faculty.