SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Katy Abrams

Katy Abrams, Lecturer, Department of English
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021

Project: “Rhetoric and Composition Institute”

Abrams sought College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) funding to help cover the cost of highly-qualified and professionally-respected speakers for the annual Rhetoric and Composition Institute (RCI) event, hosted by the Appalachian State Department of English. The RCI is an event that helps faculty stay up to date on the strongest research and ideas, enabling them to continue growing their teaching practice to meet the needs and goals of students.

According to Abrams, this event was crucial for the Rhetoric and Composition (RC) faculty in the Department of English because it allowed them an opportunity to hear from peers in the field and gain valuable insight into their own teaching practices, including the chance to revise classroom activities and assignments.

“RC is an ever-evolving field, with continually updated and expanded best practices and curriculum options. We are the strong instructors we are, in no small part, due to the RCI speaker engagement opportunity,” explained Abrams.


About the SAFE Fund
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About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Katy Abrams
Published: Oct 4, 2022 8:10am