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About Katherine Troyer

I am very excited to be part of Trinity as the Assistant Director of the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching. One of the best questions I’ve been asked since joining Trinity was how my research interests in horror overlapped with my interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  Ultimately, regardless of whether it is happening in a horror movie or in a classroom, I am fascinated about the anxieties and tensions that lurk underneath the surface and affect how we act and behave. When it comes to my scholarship on genre, this manifests in studies of how literature and film express larger cultural concerns about place. When it comes to work in SoTL, this expresses itself in my interest in models of transparency and using multimodality to reframe our thinking. As the Assistant Director, I consider one of my most important jobs to be assisting faculty—through workshops and one-on-one consultations—in finding the best versions of themselves as professors by encouraging in their students thoughtful and meaningful learning.


Present Assistant Director of Programs, The Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, Trinity University The Collaborative for Learning and Teaching

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, Committee on the Assessment of the Pathways Elements, Trinity University
2018 - Present Member, Quality Enhancement Plan: “Starting Strong Implementation Team,” Trinity University
2019 Judge, Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Competition, Trinity University
2018 - 2019 Member, The University Committee for Sustainability, Trinity University
2017 Judge, Book-in-Common Digital Composition Contest, Univ. of Louisville
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to Dept. of Communication, Trinity University
  • 2010-2013 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Humanities Division, Univ. of Louisville
  • Fall 2011 Graduate Student Union Research Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, Univ. of Louisville
  • 2009 Graduate Student of the Year, English Department, La Sierra University
  • 2009 College Writing Instructor of the Year, English Department, La Sierra University
  • 2008 Graduate Research Recognition Award, English Department, La Sierra University
  • 2007-2009 College Writing Instructor, English Department, La Sierra University


  • First Year Experience: Science Fiction (1 section)
  • Intro to Film (1 section))


2017 PhD, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Humanities
2009 MA, La Sierra University ‐ English
2007 BA Literature-summa cum laude, La Sierra University
2007 BA Writing- summa cum laude, La Sierra University
2005 Zertifikat Deutsch, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau