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Northwest Missouri State University

Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan



2820 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1988



  • Master of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - English

Courses Taught

  • English 111 Academic Literacies
  • English 112 Writing as Engagement
  • English 115 Accelerated Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary World Literature
  • Multiethnic Literature of the United States

Academic Interests

  • Multicultural literature and in particular Native American literature and African literature
  • Western American literature
  • Secondary education and teacher preparation
  • General education courses and promoting the value of these courses

Scholarly Activity

  • Western Literature Association 2011 Conference - paper presentation:   "Breaking Bad: Shifting Perspectives of the Southwest Landscape as Context for Moral Ambiguities"
  • Western Literature Association 2010 Conference - paper presentation:  "Terry Tempest Williams and the Erotics of Place: Desert Quartet and Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member of Western Literature Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Phi Delta Kappa.


  • The New Nodaway Humane Society - member and volunteer
  • Serve on the Mound City, Missouri,  Library Board
  • American Association of University Women-scholarship chair


  • Hiking and camping( especially in the West)
  • Pets (pugs are a favorite)
  • Collecting Arts and Crafts style furniture and pottery
  • Antiquing and flea markets
  • Advocating for breast cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease research.