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Matt Burkett

Special Lecturer
Office: 140 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2736
Fax: (248) 370-2748
Email:  [email protected]


Matt Burkett has been teaching in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric since 2008. As part of his teaching philosophy, he makes a conscious effort in his classes to create a welcoming environment so the students feel comfortable to express themselves in conversation and in their individual and group projects. He assigns both traditional, written assignments and multimodal, technology-based assignments with the encouragement that students choose topics that are meaningful to their personal hobbies, interests, or future career paths.

To spur course discussion, to create interesting course assignments/projects, and to make sure he appeals to students’ varied interests and backgrounds, Burkett has used podcasts, clips of stand-up comedy, movies and TV episodes, video games, Youtube videos, and NPR stories on sports, hunting/outdoors, fashion, music, politics, medicine, and education. He takes pride in showing students that writing is more than just tedious drills concerned with grammar and punctuation.


M.A. in American Literature. Indiana State University (2008).
B.A. in English Studies. Wayne State University (2002).


WRT 1000 Supervised Study
WRT 1020 Basic Writing
WRT 1050 Composition I
WRT 1060 Composition II

Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748