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About Joyce Kinkead

Professor Kinkead came to USU in 1982 as director of the Writing Center and moved from there to direct the Writing Program. In 1990, she became Associate Dean of the College of HASS and also served as interim dean. In 1999-2000, she was American Council on Education Fellow. Following that, she was appointed Associate Vice President for Research overseeing the Undergraduate Research, a position she held 2000-2011. In addition, she was from 2001-2006 the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & Research.
Named a CUR Fellow in 2012, Professor Kinkead served as a counselor in the Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and was honored as a CUR Fellow in 2012. She was a founding member of the National Writing Centers Association, Executive Secretary of NWCA for eight years, and co-editor of The Writing Center Journal for six years. A Fulbright Scholar, she had postings in Sweden (1987) and Cyprus (1996) and served a term on the Fulbright national selection committee.
She is the 2013 Utah Professor of the Year, an award sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation.


Present Professor of English, Utah State University English

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • U.S. Professor of the Year: Utah (2013)
  • Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters: Distinguished Service Award (2014)
  • CUR Fellow (2012)
  • 36th Annual Last Lecture (2011)
  • USU Diversity Award (2008)
  • Robins Award for Achievement, Undergraduate Research Program (2007)
  • Utah NASPA Award for Outstanding Faculty (2005)
  • Retention Excellence Award, Noel-Levitz (2005)
  • Outstanding Employee Award (2001)
  • American Council on Education Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • Top Professor, USU Mortar Board (2000)
  • Phi Kappa Ph (1992-1998)
  • Outstanding Scholarship in Computers and Composition Studies (1996)
  • Associated Students of USU Faculty Service Award (1995)
  • Outstanding Alumna, Department of Literature & Languages, Texas A&M University (1992)
  • Award of Merit, Utah Humanities Council for Literary Utah (1991)
  • Zions Bank Outstanding Young Professionals Award (1991)
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award for the National Writing Centers Association (1989)
  • National Writing Centers Association Outstanding Service Award (1987)
  • Humanist of the Year, Department of English (1985 and 1998)


  • Teaching Writing
  • Young Adult Literature
  • The Farm in Literature & Culture

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-1706
Office: RBW 309


Books (14)

Contributions to Books (12)