Areas of Specialization/Research:
Writing Center & Tutoring Discourse
Kincaid Readability Analysis Applications
Active Classroom Learning Strategies
Critical Thinking Instructional Strategies
Ph.D. in Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University
M.A. in Liberal Studies/English from Fort Hays State University
B.A. in English and Journalism from Marymount College
Courses Taught for K-State:
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Expository Writing I & II
First Year Experience
Dr. Ackerman joined the faculty of Kansas State University in 2000. She currently serves as Graduate Program Director for the Professional Master of Technology degree. Other leadership roles have included chairing the Course & Curriculum Committee, co-chairing the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee, founding & directing an interdisciplinary writing center, and advising K-State Salina’s student publication “On the Record.” She also served on the Executive Board of Director of the Midwest Writing Center Association. She currently serves on the K-State Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence and the K-State Commission on the Status of Women.
Dr. Ackerman has received numerous awards during her time at K-State, including a Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Big XII Faculty Fellowship Award, Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Professor of the Year Award, and two McArthur Family Faculty Fellow Awards. She has been twice nominated for the Iman Award. Dr. Ackerman is a fellow of the National Writing Project, the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, and the International Writing Center Association.