Although Cynthia Kitchen, who teaches Fiction, Non-Fiction and Introduction to Literature at Knox, has only been teaching since 2006, she is no stranger to Knox College. After completing two years at Carl Sandburg Community College in 1998, her advisor strongly recommended attending Knox. Knox was very accommodating to the fact that she was an older student and a mother of four, and offered her substantial Financial Aid.
“It was a practical, convenient fit,” says Professor Kitchen. Kitchen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Knox in 2000 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Spalding University, Ken. in 2005. It was at this time she received a call from Professor Lori Haslem, chair of the English Department, inviting her to be a lecturer. Professor Kitchen readily agreed.
In addition to her teaching duties, Kitchen has recently become an advisor.
As a Professor of English, Kitchen hopes to teach her students to be conscious of the stories they tell through their writing and to have the stories told in a deliberate way. One challenge Professor Kitchen has discovered is how diverse and unique each student is and she tries to communicate in different ways with each one of them. She has found that teaching Knox students is an engaging, rewarding and humbling experience, and one that constantly keeps her on her toes.
“The talent and intelligence concentration among Knox students is staggering,” said Kitchen.
Senior Beth Root, who took Beginning Creative Non-Fiction Writing with Professor Kitchen, found the class effective.
“She made sure everyone was always included and was always willing to meet one on one,” said Root, who also liked the fact that Kitchen kept the class interesting by mixing it up. “Some days we would discuss reading, another a workshop, another a video clip or an interview, and she actually brought in Tom Loewy from the Register Mail to talk to us.”