Staff Photo

Katherine V. Wills, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & English Program Director
Division of Liberal Arts
CC Room 152

PHONE: 812.348.7215
FAX: 812.348.7370
Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Statement

Thank you for coming to my page. I practice and study multi-modal writing and writing across the curriculum as theorized with cultural studies approaches. Recently, I have expanded my work in the area of international writing instruction. I apply and study how digital media enhances student engagement and learning across borders. My teacher research—both qualitative and quantitative—explores learning outcomes associated with the use of social networking, SKYPE, blogs, videos, portfolios, and creative writing. Students in my classes learn and apply new skills and perspectives for academic, personal, and workplace growth.


  • B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, English Literature
  • B.A. Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Anthropology
  • M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Writing
  • Ph.D. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, Composition and Rhetoric

Professional Activities

  • Policy Analyst, National Council Teachers of English in Indiana Higher Education (2013-16)
  • Book reviewer, Utah State University Press
  • Chairperson, Association for Business Communication to the MLA Convention Committee
  • Chairperson, Modern Language Association Allied Committees
  • Judge, National Council of Teachers of English Publications
  • Executive Board Member, Research Network Forum at CCCC
  • Manuscript reviewer, The Journal of Academic Literacy and Research Skills
  • Manuscript reviewer, Business Communication Quarterly
  • Manuscript reviewer, Business and Professional Communicaiton Quarterly
  • Manuscript reviewer, Composition Studies
  • Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Member, Association for Business Communication (ABC)
  • Member, National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Member, Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC)
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Member, International Society for Writing Research
  • Member, Writing Program Administrators (WPA-L)

Courses Taught

  • E398 English Internship
  • E450 English Capstone
  • W411 Directed Writing
  • W400 Issues in the Teaching of Writing
  • W398 Writing Center Internship
  • W350 Advanced Expository Writing
  • W403 Advanced Poetry Writing
  • W303 Poetry Writing
  • W301 Fiction Writing
  • W401 Advanced Fiction Writing
  • W302 Screenwriting
  • W208 Introduction to Poetry
  • W206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • W203 Introduction to Drama
  • W231 Professional Writing with Service Learning
  • W132 Elementary Composition 2
  • W131 Elementary Composition 1
  • W130 Principles of Composition
  • TCM 360 Technical Communication
  • L433 Conversations with Shakespeare
  • L431 Topics in Literary Study
  • L220 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • L115 Literature for Today

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • IUPUC English Program Director 2013-Present
  • Interim Division Head, IUPUC Division Head of Liberal Arts (July 2012-June 2013)
  • Chairperson, IUPUI Program and Review Assessment Committee (PRAC)
  • Member, Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)
  • Member, IUPUI sub-committee on Retention and Graduation/RISE
  • Member, IUPUC Division of Liberal Arts Advisory Committee to Ivy Tech Community College
  • Member, IUPUC General Education Committee
  • Member, IUPUC  Assessment Committee
  • Member, Search and Screen Committees
  • Member, IUPUC Third Year Review Committee

Awards & Activities

  • IUPUC Outstanding Student Club Advisor co-winner 2017
  • IU Trustees Teaching Award 2016
  • NATIONAL. Honorable Mention for chapter author Sushil K. Oswal for Disability Rhetoric in Wills & Rice Eportfolios presented by Computers and Composition Digital Press on Accessibility and Digital Composition. 2014
  • IUPUI Prestigious External Award Recongnition (PEAR) 2014
  • NATIONAL. Nominated Computers and Composition Journal Best Book Award for ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Accessing Portfolios. 2013
  • IUPUC Outstanding Teacher Award 2014
  • NATIONAL. Research Network Forum award for Research and Service at Conference on College Composition and Communication 2010
  • IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) 2010
  • IUPUI Prestigious External Award Recognition (PEAR) 2008
  • IUPUC Outstanding Research Faculty Award 2008
  • NATIONAL. Best New Collection in Technical and Scientific Writing by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for co-edited collection Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies. Blake Scott, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine V. Wills (Eds.). NY: SUNY: 2007
  • IUPUC Outstanding Fulltime Faculty Award 2006


Books, Edited Collections. & Monographs

  • Wills, K.V. & Rice, R.  (Eds.) (2013). ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios in Public Workplaces. Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse.
  • Tsiopos, K. (2011). Our Slow Migration North. Finishing Line Press. Georgetown, KY.
  • Scott, B., B. Longo, & K. V. Wills (Eds). (2006). Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies. Albany: SUNY. Edited Collection
  • Bousquet, M., & K. Wills (Eds). (2004). Politics of Information: Electronic Mediation of Social Change.   Alt-X/EBR Critical E-Books Series inaugural edition.<>.

Non-peer review

  • Tsiopos Wills, K.V. (2015). A Study of Technological Literacy and Privilege in Writing Programs. Omni Scriptum P. Saarbrucken, GER. ISBN 978-3-639-76383-6. Monograph.
  • Will, K.V. (Ed). (1999). Reflections of Courage: Letters and Poetry to Dr. Martin Luther King from Students of IPS 44. Little Voice and Chapbooks.Com Indianapolis, IN. Edited collection.

Articles and Chapters (selected)

  • Schleifer, R., Townsend, M.A., Tsiopos Wills, K.V., Akasakalova, O., Nemec Ignashev, D., & Vendiktova, T. (2016). Under Lomonosov’s Watchful Gaze: A Case Study of an Early Faculty Development Writing Workshop in Russia. Contrastive Linguistics, #5: 297-310. 


  • *Lovejoy, K., Fox, S., & Wills, K. (2015). “From language Experience to classroom practice: Affirming linguistic diversity in writing pedagogy.” Students’ Rights to Their Own Language. (Eds) Perryman-Clark, S., Kirkland, D.E., & A. Jackson. Bedford St. Martins: Boston.  REPRINT
  • Warchal, L.R., Ruiz., A.I., Lin, P. L., Drnach, M., Wills, K., & N. Marthakis. (2013) "Reflections on connections in service learning" Lin, P. L. (Ed). Fourth International Symposium on Service-Learning: Connecting the Global to the Local at Ningbo Technological University. Ningbo, China. Univ. of Indianapolis UP, Indianapolis.
  • Wills, K.V. (2011). “I Just Felt Kinda Invisible”: Accommodations for Learning Disabled Students in the Composition Classroom.” Autism and Aspergerger’s Syndrome in the Classroom.” Ed. V. Gerstle and L. Walsh. Marquette UP. 35-44.
  • Killian, L. & K. V. Tsiopos-Wills. (20110. “The Service-Learning Economic Benefits: A Case Study of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Model.” Service Learning In Higher Education: National and International Connections. (Ed) P. L. Lin. U of Indianapolis P. 237-48.
  • Wills, K.V. (2010) “Still Paying Attention Ten Years Later: A Bakhtinian Reading of the National Information Infrastructure Initiative Administrative Agenda.” Computers and Composition Online.
  • Wills, K.V., & T. Clerkin. (2009). "Using Reflective Practice in International Studies." Business Communication Quarterly.
  • Lovejoy, K., Fox, S., & K.V. Wills. (2009). “From Language Experience to Classroom Practice: Affirming Linguistic Diversity in Writing Pedagogy.” PEDAGOGY 9.2 March.
  • Wills. K. V. “Designing Students: Using Cultural Studies Approaches in Technical Writing.” Critical Power Tools: Cultural Studies Approaches in Technical Communication. Eds. Bernadette Longo, Scott Blake, and Katherine V. Wills. Albany: SUNY, 2006. 259-270.
  • Cross, G., & K. V. Wills. (2005). “Bridging Disciplinary Divides in Writing Across the Curriculum.” Across the Disciplines 2.
  • Wills, K. V. (2004). “The Lure of Easy Psychic Income in Academic Capitalism." Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University. Eds. Marc Bousquet, Tony Scott, and Leo Parascondola. Southern Illinois UP. 201-206.
  • Marti, J., Wills, K. V., Ghetti, B., & S. A. Bayer. “The Weaver Gene Has No Effect on the Generation Patterns of Mesencephalic Dopaminergic Neurons.” Developmental Brain Research 122. 2000. 165-172.
  • Broome, J. D., Wills, K. V., Lapchack, P. A., Ghetti, B., Camp, L.L., & S. A. Bayer. “Glial-cell line derived Neurotrophic Factor Protects Midbrain Dopamine Neurons from the Lethal Action of the Weave Gene: A Qualitative Immunocytochemical Study.” Brain Research 1999.
  • Bayer, S. A., Wills K., Triarhou, L. C., Thomas, J.D., & B. Ghetti. “Selective Vulnerability of Late-Generated Dopaminergic Neurons of the Substantia Nigra in Weave Mutant Mice.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 92 New York: 1995 9137-9140.

Poetry Publications (selected)

  • Tsiopos, Katerina. “Indiana SCUBA”   And Know this Place. Ed. J. Kander. Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN. (2012).
  • Tsiopos, Katerina. “Blessing of the Bikes: Bean Blossom Boogie”   And Know this Place. Ed. J. Kander. Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN (2012)
  • Tsiopos , Katerina. “Blessing of the Bikes.” ABATE. (Aug 2009). 9.
  • Tsiopos Wills, Katherine. “Counter Girl.” ART/LIFE 16:4 (1996).
  • Tsiopos Wills, Katherine. "A Wall, a Ditch" Flying Island 2:2, Indianapolis, IN (May, 1994).
  • Tsiopos, Wills Katerina. "Je suis une chaise." ART/ LIFE. 10:8, Ventura, CA (Oct.1993).
  • Tsiopos, Katherine. "Sister." River Styx #5 Limited Edition, St. Louis, MO (May 1979).
  • Tsiopos, Katerina. "Exploratory Surgery." Y-Bird: 1, #2, Berkeley, CA (Spring 1979). 128.

Civic Engagement

  • I conduct poetry workshops and read my original poetry locally and nationally
  • IUPUC representative to the Indiana Humanities Council
  • IUPUC liaison to Indiana University Center for Design

Additional Content

Areas of Specialization

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

Donation Icon for IUPUC