Kirk Wilkins (2015) received a B.A. in English from Iowa State University with a specialization in education in 2012. Licensed in K-12 ESL and 5-12 English, Kirk has taught in a variety of settings in the central Iowa area, including student teaching at East High School in Des Moines. Kirk’s research interests include sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, literacy pedagogy, multimodal instruction, and language program development and evaluation. Kirk intends to continue studying the intersections of culture, social inequality, and language learning.
Major Professor: Bethany Gray
Thesis title: The dynamic ecology of the writing process and agency: A corpus-based comparative case study of stancetaking among native speakers and non-native speakers of English in first-year composition conferences