Curriculum Vitae

Katherine Kelleher Sohn, Ph. D.
119 Honeysuckle Drive
Pikeville, KY  41501
(606) 437-6467 (home)
(606) 434-4921 (cell)



B.A.     English, St. Joseph’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 1967 

M.Ed.  Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,1971 

M.A.     English (Rhetoric and Composition), Northern Arizona University,1989.                        

Ph.D.    English (Rhetoric and Linguistics). Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1999. 




Retired, May 9, 2009.

Associate Professor of English, Pikeville College (1988-2009)

Instructor of English, Prestonsburg Community College (adjunct, 1984-1997). 

·         Taught undergraduate Composition courses (adjunct from 1988-1999, full time from 1999-present)

·         Successfully used instructional technology such as WebCT, Blackboard, and Angel

·         Employed variety of teaching techniques appropriate for diverse learners, including nontraditional and international students

·         Encouraged critical thinking through self-assessment and peer-group assignments

·         Provided timely feedback to students in written, online, and oral methods throughout the semester and one conference per semester

·         Worked with library staff to achieve student use of resources

·         Remained in touch with field through regular professional development

·         Received positive feedback from student evaluations

·         Served on college committees (Executive, Spiritual Life, Nursing Admissions)


Writing Center Coordinator, Pikeville College (1999-present) (two course release)

·         Developed the Writing Center with both Institutional and Appalachian College Association/Culpeper Foundation monies

·         Worked with University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan to develop joint peer tutor training which continued for five years; participated in monthly conference calls related to writing center problems

·         Hired and trained tutors annually; continue bimonthly training throughout the year

·         Developed policies and implemented procedures for institutional Writing Proficiency Exam administered to students transferring in English credits to Pikeville College

·         Promoted Writing Across the Curriculum efforts

Regional Coordinator, Appalachian Graduate Consortium.  Morehead State University and Pikeville College (1985-86)

·         Worked with presidents from both institutions to continue program and course offerings to serve Pike County teachers

·         Met with MSU faculty regularly

·         Visited area public schools for needs assessment

Director (and designer) of Center for Continuing Education Program, Pikeville College (1976-1983). 

·         Based on part-time efforts of the college art teacher, investigated funding for developing non-credit offerings for the community

·         Developed  council made up of community leaders to advise the Center on programming

·         Worked with Morehead State University in developing career development for women program

·         Consulted county government and their senior citizen centers to develop programs; worked with the area development district to extend programs for the elderly to the five county area

·         Procured funding from the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education for developing satellite centers in three Pike County communities

·         Developed driver education program with the help of the Pike County schools

·         Initiated General Education Development classes in several locations

Counselor and Student Activity Director (1971-1973). Howard Community College, Columbia, MD 21045.

·         Offered career counseling classes for women returning to college and work

·         Participated in Baltimore area college consortium for conferences on returning women

·         Organized and implemented student activity programs for students, including Human Sexuality Seminar which involved area physicians, ministers, Planned Parenthood, and women’s groups.

·         Taught human potential seminars each semester

·         Participated actively in the Baltimore and Washington area associations of student activity directors

Work History:  Other

Program Director (1973-1975).  American Lung Association, Baltimore, MD.

Head Resident (1970-71).  Guilford College, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Rural Community Organizing (1969-1970).  Office of Economic Opportunity, Greensboro, NC.

Rural Public Health Volunteer (1967-1969).  American Peace Corps, Maharashtra, India.

Professional Affiliations

National Council for Teachers of English/CCCC

Assembly on the Language and Culture of Appalachia, NCTE affiliate

Appalachian Studies Association

Appalachian College Association

East Central Writing Center Association

Professional Conference Presentations

“Strengthening Unheard Voices in Writing Groups,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March, 1990.

“Making a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear:  Appalachian Dialect in the Composition Classroom,” Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Knoxville, TN, April, 1991.

“Rural Whites:  Part of Multiculturalism?” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Nashville, TN, March, 1994.

“The Future of Writing across the Curriculum,” Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI, 1996.

 “Gettin’ above Their Raisin’s:  Content Analysis of Literacy Narratives,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March, 1998.  Also presented at the Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, DuBois, PA, March 19-21, 1998, and English Graduate Conference, Indiana, PA, March 27-28, 1998.

“ABCs and Amazing Grace:  Literacy through Music for College Freshmen,” Thomas Watson Conference, Louisville, KY, October, 1998.

“Appalachian Moonshine: To Literacy through Music for College Freshmen,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, March, 1999.

“An Outsider’s View:  Rural Appalachian Literacy and Social Justice,” Appalachian Studies Conference, Abingdon, VA, March 1999.

“Diverse Sites of Literacy,” Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2000.

“Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia:  Literacy Development since College,” Appalachian Studies Conference, Knoxville, TN, March 2000.

“Joint Peer Tutor Training” Appalachian College Association Tech Summit, Knoxville, TN, October 2000.

“Reporting Back: The Writing Center within a Consortium and Why Proposals for Peer Tutoring Courses So Often Meet with Objections" for the all day Writing Center Workshop; "Journey's End:  Finishing the Qualitative Dissertation," panel member,  Conference on College Composition Conference, Denver, CO, March, 2001.   

“Collaborative Tutor Training Opportunities for Small Colleges: A Self-Help Response” joint meeting of the International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutor in Writing, Hershey, PA, October 2003.

“Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia,” Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, Louisville, KY, February 2004.

 “Literacy Matters:  In the Holler, in the Bush, and across the Great Divide,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, TX, March 2004.

 “Language Diversity in the Composition Classroom” workshop and “Rhetoric, Archives and Access:  Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia” panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, March 2005.

“Women in the Know:  Women in Higher Education,” Brevard AAUW, Brevard, North Carolina, November 8, 2005.

“New Research from Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Authors: Diversity and Literacy Practices in Community and Classroom:  Appalachian Mountain Women:  Expressivist Writing and Voice,” and “Linguistic Diversity and White Non-Mainstream Students:  Appalachian Dialect,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March 2006.

“Mountain Narratives:  Literacy, Identity, and Action,” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY, October 7, 2006.

“Coming to Voice:  Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia,” Women of Appalachia Conference, Ohio University at Zanesville, Ohio, October 20, 2006.

New Writing by SWR Authors: “Rural Identities and the Politics of Sustainability,” chair; “Rural Literacies from Appalachia to the Plains: Identities in Formation” panel member; and Language Diversity Special Interest Group, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 21-24, 2007.

 “Whistlin’ Women and Mountain Echoes:  Intergenerational Effects of Literacy,” Plenary Speaker, Research Network Forum; Language Diversity Special Interest Group, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA, April 2-5, 2008.

“Writing Centers:  Looking Back and Forward,” Discipline Workshop Convener, Annual Summit, Appalachian College Association, Abingdon, VA, October 16-18, 2008.

Professional Sabbatical Presentations (2006-2007)

“Appalachian Women,” day-long Diversity workshop, Ohio University at St. Clairsville, Ohio, October 19, 2006.  

 “Appalachian Literacy” for faculty and students, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. November 1, 2006. 

“Appalachian Women,” Rebecca Mlynarczyk’s graduate class, “Composition Studies:  Prospect and Retrospect,” City University of New York, November 6, 2006.

“Appalachian Learners,” National Conference of Teachers of English, Nashville, TN, November 16, 2006.           

“Literacy in Appalachia,” Ira Shor’s graduate class, “Literacy and Conquest,” City University of New York, December 7, 2006.

“Rural Students of Appalachia,” Reading and Writing Center staff of Kingsborough Community College, Sheepshead Bay, New York (part of CUNY), February 21, 2007.

“Ethnographies in and Out of School,” panel discussion for English graduate students with Sondra Perl, Rebecca Mlynarczyk and Deborah Mutnick, City University of New York, April 26, 2007.

“An Afternoon with Katherine K. Sohn,” Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat Center, Jamaica, New York, April 29, 2007.

“Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia,” Easter Book Series of St. Paul the Apostle Church, May 7, 2007.

“Appalachian Women,” presentation to American Association of University Women of New York, July 12, 2007.


Rev. of “Sustainability and Identity.” Donehower, Kim, Eileen Schell, and Charlotte Hogg.  Rural Literacies. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2007 and Williams, Bronwyn T., Ed.  Identity Papers:  Literacy and Power in Higher Education. Logan, UT:  Utah State UP, 2006. JAC, 28. 1 and 2 (2008): 287-298.

Whistlin and Crowin Women of Appalachia: Literacy Practices since College. Carbondale, IL:  Southern Illinois UP, 2006.

Rev. of Rural Voices:  Place-Conscious Education and the Teaching of Writing.  Robert E. Brooke, editor.  New York: Teachers College Press and Berkeley, CA: National Writing Project.  2003. 203 pp.  ISBN:  0-8077-4365-8 in NCTE Selects, 2006.

With Elizabeth Graber, Jenny Staben, and  Carole Bencich.  “Navigating in Unknown Waters:  Proposing, Collecting Data, and Writing a Qualitative Dissertation.”  College Composition and Communication 54.2 (2003):  289-306.

 “Whistlin and Crowin Women of Appalachia: Literacy Practices since College.”  College Composition and Communication 54.3 (2003):  423-452.

 “ABCs and Amazing Grace:  Literacy through Music for College Freshmen.”  Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century.  Eds. Brian Huot, Beth Stroble, and Charles Bazerman.  Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press, 2004. 

Rev. of “Appalachian Fathers, Sons, and Hearts:  John O’Brien’s At Home in the Heart of Appalachia.” Nantahala:  A Review of Writing and Photography.  Spring 2003.  Available:

 “Making a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear:  Appalachian Dialect and the Composition Classroom.” ACLA Lines 1.1.


Professional Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of Achievement, 1987.

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Northern Arizona University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Winner of the James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award, awarded March 16, 2001, in Denver, Colorado, by the College Composition and Communication Conference.

Nominee for Kentucky Literary Award in nonfiction, Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.  April 20 and 21, 2007.

Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort, KY, November 11, 2006.


Personal writing

Member of executive committee of Habitat for Humanity, Women Build, January 2006 to present

Member of District Planning Committee, Pikeville Independent School System

Women’s spiritual development

Member and founder of local meditation group


Victor Villanueva, PhD
Professor of English
Director, Program in American Studies
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4010

Gail E. Hawisher, Ph.D.
Professor of English
University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar
Director, Center for Writing Studies
608 South Wright Street
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801   USA

Carole Bencich, Ph.D
Professor of English (Retired)
2 Stone House Lane  
RD 1, Penn Run, PA 15765

Gian S. Pagnucci, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of English
Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL

Leonard Hall, Room 110
421 North Walk
 Indiana, PA 15705-1094
(724) 357-4788



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