Dr. Jennifer Wachtel Kates

Instructor

Dr. Jennifer Wachtel Kates
615-904-8163
Room 386, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Georgia State University (2000)
  • M.A., University of Southern Mississippi (1993)
  • B.A., Rhodes College, TN (1991)

Areas of Expertise

Composition, Creative Writing

Biography

Dr. Kates is a Tennessee native who earned her M.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and her Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University.  She has taught in the English department since 1997.  She e...

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Dr. Kates is a Tennessee native who earned her M.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and her Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University.  She has taught in the English department since 1997.  She earned the MTSU Faculty Outstanding Public Service Award in 2011 and MTSU's Outstanding General Education Teaching Award in 2016. She was the 2015 President of the Southern Literary Festival and currently serves as Executive Director of the Southern Literary Festival.  Dr. Kates also serves as Director for MTSU Write, MTSU's low-residency certificate program in creative writing, and as Editor for SHIFT: A Publication of MTSU Write.

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