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About Jane Fife

Jane Fife earned degrees at Indiana University and University of Louisville.  When not reading or talking/writing about recent reading, she likes to visit historic sites with her family or spot bugs for her husband to photograph on hikes in the woods. Snape is her favorite Harry Potter character, although she thinks she is most like Hermione Granger and could stand to be a bit more like Minerva MacGonagall.
Teaching Philosophy
Dr. Fife believes that the most important components of learning are motivation and curiosity. These elements have to be supplied by the learner, but they can often be activated by the teacher, so that’s what good teachers have to learn to do.


Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Wilson Wood Professor. WKU English Department. 2008-2009.
  • Junior Faculty Research Grant. 2006-2007.
  • University Fellowship. University of Louisville. 1994-1998.
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1991
  • Indiana University Outstanding Student in Comparative Literature 1990


  • English 100:Introduction to Composition
  • English 300: Writing in the Disciplines
  • English 301: Argument and Analysis
  • English 401: Advanced Composition
  • English 409/509: Practicum in One-to-One Writing Instruction


1998 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Louisville ‐ Department of English
1992 Master of Arts, University of Louisville ‐ Department of English
1991 Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington

Contact Information

Dr. Jane Fife
Associate Professor
Office:  Cherry Hall 129
Phone:  270-745-3634