Lorna Condit, PhD

Composition Course Mentor,
Western Governors University


Lorna in a nutshell . . .

I am a teacher-scholar in English with a commitment to liberal arts education, teaching excellence, cultural diversity, community engagement, and interdisciplinary study. My teaching and research interests include gothic fiction, religion and literature, memoir, peace and justice issues, gender studies, therapeutic writing, and medical & environmental humanities.

An experienced instructor, I am comfortable teaching courses in writing and literature via traditional, online, hybrid, and accelerated formats. I have also completed two mentored teaching enhancement programs and served as a mentor with the UMKC Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching during the 2012-13 academic year. My professional experience further includes curriculum development; revision of student learning outcomes and assessment plans; student advising; writing competency evaluation; and committee work.

Few adages infuriate me more than the one that says, “Those who can do; those who can’t teach.” Implying that the main qualification for teaching is failing at some “real” profession, such a statement belittles the value of teaching and those—like me—who choose teaching as a profession.

As any teacher knows, the real picture is far different. Teaching is among the most challenging (and rewarding) of professions. Far from being a profession one simply fails into, effective teaching requires commitment and hard work. It demands not only knowledge of a content area, but the development of challenging and relevant curriculum, effective pedagogical strategies, and classroom management skills. It demands continual practice, ongoing self- and external assessment, and adaptability to a wide variety of student needs and classroom contexts. I have said that teaching demands these things—but more importantly, students deserve these things.

Because I believe that my students deserve the best that I can offer them, I expect to continue working to grow and develop as a teacher, just as I encourage my students to grow and develop as students and individuals. I want to fulfill my own version of that old adage: “Those who can teach do teach well; those who can’t teach don’t know what they are missing.”

Teaching Experience

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2013 - Current

Course Mentor in Composition

Western Governors University

2011 - 2013

Lecturer in English


2005 - 2011

Adjunct Lecturer in English


2008 - 2009

Visiting Lecturer in English

Benedictine College

1997 - 2000

Instructor in English

Wentworth Junior College

1994 - 1996

Assistant Professor of English

Park University

Course Mentor in Composition

Western Governors University

Provide one to one writing instruction, as well as holding webinar classes. Help composition students develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills. Employ technology to enhance learning, including Microsoft Office applications, AdobeConnect meeting rooms, Panopto video software, Jing videos, and other pedagogical tools and resources.

Lecturer in English


Developed, taught, and assessed courses in writing and literature, including face to face, hybrid and online classes. Assisted in developing new discourse classes for a redesigned General Education program and served on the committee to review and approve new General Education courses in English. Helped prepare and edit a Discourse Handbook for levels 1-3. Developed and co-taught an interdisciplinary course, the Countercultural Experience, with a faculty member from the Sociology Department. Served on the Composition committee. Held regular office hours and advised students in the English Department. Acted as a mentor with the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching. Evaluated writing competency examinations.

Adjunct Lecturer in English


Developed, taught, and assessed courses in writing and literature. Evaluated writing competency exams.

Visiting Lecturer in English

Benedictine College

Developed, taught, and assessed courses in writing and literature.

Instructor in English

Wentworth Junior College

Taught courses in writing, literature, and public speaking, in accelerated formats.

Assistant Professor of English

Park University

Developed, taught, and assessed courses in writing and literature in traditional and accelerated formats. Served as Honors Program advisor. Held regular office hours. Proposed, developed and piloted a new course in Popular Culture Literature.


See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

Therapeutic Writing Institute

Certified Journal Facilitator (CJF)-in training

2014 - present I am currently working on certification as a journal facilitator. I recently developed an eight-week curriculum for bereaved caregivers, A Caregiver's Chrysalis, and am beginning work on an eight-week curriculum for first-generation college students.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

PhD, English and Religious Studies

2001 - 2011 Study: At UMKC, I completed interdisciplinary doctoral work in English literature and religious studies. My central focus was on 19th Century British literature and its intersection with religious discourse. My dissertation, "Blasphemous Bodies: Transgressive Mortality as Cultural Interrogation in Romance Fiction of the Long 19th Century," explores a concept I have labeled "amortality," a transgressive biological immortality attained through avoiding or escaping the grave and look at how this concept creates space for romance writers to engage public debates of their time and examine the limits of the permissible--socially, politically, medically, and religiously-whether in order to reinforce and naturalize those limits or to illuminate them as arbitrary and unjust. To learn more about amortality in 19th century fiction, see my dissertation, available at http://tinyurl.com/LCondit-dissertation.

Awards: While working on my PhD, I held a teaching assistantship in Composition and had three fellowships: an Ilus Davis Teaching Fellowship in English, a Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship, and a Dissertation Research Fellowship. I also won an outstanding graduate writing award from the English Department and was a nominee for the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Service: I was a representative for the School of Arts and Sciences to IDSC, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council. I coordinated luncheon talks by the nominees and winners of the IDSC Outstanding Graduate Faculty Awards and represented the Council as liaison to the library. I helped institute a graduate student journal, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, to provide a forum for outstanding student writing to be published. I also helped evaluate undergraduate writing competency exams.

Northwest Missouri State University

MA, English Language and Literature/Letters

1991 - 1992 At NWMSU, I completed generalist literary studies in British and American literature from the Medieval period through the present. I won the University's Outstanding Graduate Writing Award for a paper on Eudora Welty's "A Curtain of Green."

While at Northwest, I tutored in the writing center and acted as a classroom assistant and group leader for a Composition I class.

Park University

BA, English Literature and Writing

1987 - 1990 At Park University, I majored in English, completing both the literature and writing concentrations. I served on the Campus Activities Board and was on the staff of the campus newspaper. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the Outstanding Graduating Senior for my class.


A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

HigherEd Teaching: Writing, Literature, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary

Curriculum Development

Adult Education



Team Teaching

Research Skills


Classroom Management

Writing & Editing

Public Speaking

Therapeutic Writing & Journal Facilitation

Group Facilitation

Microsoft Office Applications


Get in touch with me if you would like to do share ideas or just say hello.

Kansas City, Missouri Area

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