Meet Our Guest Speakers

The Teaching Forum is pleased to announce its second Alumni Speaker Series event. We have two wonderful guests visiting with us to talk about pursuing academic careers both on and off the tenure track. Learn more about them below!

Stephanie White supports writing instruction at the course, department, and faculty levels by sharing her expertise on designing writing and communication assignments in any discipline, teaching with writing, providing feedback on assignments, facilitating student peer review, developing rubrics, teaching multilingual writers, and training TAs to teach writing. She also helps coordinate and facilitate CTE’s Certificate in University Teaching and Fundamentals of University Teaching programs for graduate students and supervises CTE’s six TA Workshop Facilitators. Stephanie holds a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she was the TA Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. Prior to her doctoral work, Stephanie received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught writing and communication classes in the U.S. and here at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines, community-engaged writing, and multimodal communication.

Mattie Burkert is an Assistant Professor of English at Utah State University, where she specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature and digital humanities. She is currently completing a monograph titled The Theater and Financial Markets in London, 1688-1763, and developing a database of performances in the London public theaters between 1660 and 1800. In her first year at USU, she has taught upper-level undergraduate courses on “Shakespeare on Stage and Screen,” “The Marriage Plot from Dryden to Austen,” and “Studies in Film: Childhood, Identity, and Coming of Age;” next year, she looks forward to teaching a graduate seminar on “The Persistent Eighteenth Century,” pairing texts from the period with more recent adaptations and responses. She also serves on the curriculum committees for her department’s undergraduate Literature emphasis and Master’s program in Literature and Writing. Mattie received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016; while at UW, she received the English Department’s Mark and Elisabeth Eccles Excellence in Teaching Award and served as the T.A. Coordinator of Outreach for the Writing Center. Her full CV is at

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