Jessica Jorgenson Borchert, PhD
Pittsburg State University
Department of English and Modern Languages
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Ph.D., 2016 Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, North Dakota State University
Title of Dissertation: Engaging First-Generation College Students in a First-Year Writing Classroom
Supervisory Committee: Dr. Andrew Mara, Dr. Betsy Birmingham, Dr. Amy Rupiper-Taggart, Dr. Michael Strand
M.A., 2009, English Literature, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Thesis: You Too Have Weapons: A Reading of Franz Kafka’s Animal Fiction
Supervisory Committee: Dr. Bill Dyer, Dr. Suzanne Bunkers
B.A., 2006, English with Creative Writing emphasis, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Assistant Professor and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Department of English and Modern Languages, Pittsburg State University, 2016-present
Graduate Instructor, Department of English, North Dakota State University, 2010-2016
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Minnesota—Crookston Campus, 2010-2012
Adjunct Instructor, General Studies Department, Colorado Technical University Online, 2009-2010
Graduate Instructor, Department of English, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2007-2009
McNair Tutor, Writing/GRE preparation, The McNair Scholar’s Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2006
Created the syllabus, assignments, class plans, led class discussion, and was instructor of record for the following courses:
Pittsburg State University
English 113 General Literature
English 301 Technical and Professional Writing
English 301 Technical and Professional Writing (online only)
English 527 Writing for the Public: Grant Writing
English 526 Writing in Electronic Environments
English 726 Advanced Writing in Electronic Environments
North Dakota State University
English 120 Composition II
English 358 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
English 358 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (online only)
English 320 Business and Professional Communication
English 320 Business and Professional Communication (online only)
English 322 Creative Writing I
English 459 Researching and Writing Grants and Proposals
University of Minnesota, Crookston
Literature 3001 World Literature (online only)
Communications 1013 Composition II (online only)
Colorado Technical University
English 111 Freshmen Composition I (online only)
Minnesota State University, Mankato
English 101 Composition I
Workplace Writing Experience
Grant Writer and Researcher, The Spirit Room, Fargo, ND, 2013-present
Selected Funded Grants
North Dakota Humanities Council, $2,385. January 2014.
Lake Region Arts Council, $2,500. May 2014.
The Arts Partnership, $2,250. June 2014.
Native American Council, City of Fargo, Sponsorship, $300. June 2014.
Gate City Bank. Sponsorship, $300. June 2014.
North Dakota Humanities Council, $2,225. July 2014.
North Dakota Council on the Arts $3,508. 2015.
Sons of Norway, $500 February 2015
Awards and Fellowships
Madeline S. Gittings Memorial Scholarship, 2014-2015 $600.00
Red River Valley Writing Project, North Dakota State University, Teaching Fellow, 2013, $1,500
Conferences and Publications
"First-Generation Students and our Pedagogies." College English Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC March 29-April 1, 2017
“Building a First-Gen Student Pedagogy.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. Boise, ID July 18-19.
“A Generative Workshop Model for Creative Writing” Red River Graduate Student Conference. Fargo, ND April 2015.
“The Poetry Workshop in the American University: Techné and Jouissance as Theory, Multimodality as Practice.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2014
“Building a Place for Creative Writing in the University: Creative Writing and New Media.” Graduate Research Network. Computers and Writing Conference. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD. June 6-9, 2013.
“The Unicorn in the Classroom: Object Oriented Ontology and how I started thinking about Digital Creative Writing Studies.” Red River Graduate Student Conference. Fargo, ND, April 5-6, 2013.
“What We Talk About When We Talk about Voice” Authorship Seminar Series. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND May 9th, 2012.
“Kafka and the Culture of Jewish Identity” Red River Graduate Student Conference, Fargo, ND, March 25-26, 2011.
“The Rhetoric of Women in Advertising” Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Bloomington, MN, October 2010.
“Not a Hopeless Case: A Rereading of Gregor Samsa.” Graduate Student Conference, Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, MN, April 2009.
“Old Men with Wings: One Look at Teaching Gabriel Garcia Marquez” MCTE Conference, Brainerd, MN, April 2007.
“Bridging Boundaries: Authorship and Creative Writing Pedagogy” Panel Chair. South Atlantic Modern Languages Association. Atlanta, GA, November 7-8, 2013.
Jorgenson Borchert, Jessica. "Pedagogical Interventions for First-Generation College Students." Equality, Equity, and Reform in Higher Education. Edited by Marquis C. Grant. Forthcoming
Jorgenson Borchert, Jessica. "Empathetic Genres, Empathetic Spaces, and Mentoring: Contemporary Pedagogical Practices for First-Generation College Students" CEA Forum, October 2017
Mara, Andrew and Jessica Jorgenson. “Mutt Methods, Minimalism, and Guiding Heuristics for UX Project Management.” International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge. Spring 2016
Jorgenson, Jessica. “Old Men with Wings: One Look at Teaching Gabriel Garcia Marquez” MCTE English Journal, Spring 2008.
Professional and Technical Writing, First-Generation Pedagogy, Grant Writing and Research, Rhetoric of Creativity, Composition and Upper Division Writing Pedagogies
The Arts Partnership, Primary Partner, Fargo-Moorhead and Surrounding Community, 2013-2015
Editor, Writings: Ireland Literary Tour Anthology, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2012.
Academic and University Service
WAC Committee, Pittsburg State University, August 2016-Present
Upper Division Writing Committee, Lead for English 358: Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences and English 459: Grant and Proposal Writing, North Dakota State University, 2011-present
Search Committee Graduate Student Member for Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature, English Department, North Dakota State University, 2013
Search Committee Graduate Student Member for Professor of Practice and WPA, English Department, North Dakota State University, 2012
Thesis Editor, Department of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University, 2010-2012
English Graduate Organization, Great Plains Graduate Student Conference Committee, North Dakota State University, August 2010-present
English Graduate Organization, Presentation Committee, North Dakota State University, 2010-2011
Reader, Composition Merit Awards Journal, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2007-2009
National Council of Teachers of English
College English Association
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Modern Language Association
Association of Writing Programs
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Available Upon Request