Kleinknecht Teaching Excellence Award 2009, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Cathy McDonald has been faculty at Western since 2003, teaching classes in Writing Studies, English Linguistics, Literature, and Literary Representations of Disability. In 2017 she won the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. One of her favorite classes to teach, "Writing Myself," examines how the act of reading and writing life stories (or memoir) constructs identity.
Her areas of specialization include rhetorical genre studies, language and discourse, and new media, and her scholarly pursuits theorize self-sponsored digital literacy, teaching with technology, the transferability of writing instruction, and a rhetorical approach to teacher-training, an area of interest she developed while serving as Assistant Director of Composition 2003-2012. While Cathy is newly interested in disability studies, pedagogy is the central and abiding claim to her work in the classroom and the academy.