Location: 2nd floor Library
Writing Center Staff
Keith Richter is in his 17th year at Inver Hills and teaches English full time, although he continues to work in the Writing Center. He teaches mostly developmental and college-level composition, but his other teaching interests include American Indian fiction and gothic literature. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, near the banks of Salt Creek and within earshot of the public (inmate?) address system at the state penitentiary. He prefers tallgrass prairies to forests, and runzas are a part of his DNA. Forgotten president Franklin Pierce (the only incumbent president NOT re-nominated by his own party) and thespian Don Knotts (winner of five Emmy awards!!) are rarely-mentioned branches of Keith's family tree.
Before and after achieving a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Nebraska in 1992, Keith worked for the National Park Service's Midwest Archaeological Center. While there, he participated in archaeological surveys and excavations at such places as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Cuyahoga Valley National Scenic Riverway, the St. Croix River, James A. Garfield's residence, and Herbert Hoover's birthplace. After spending a few years carefully uncovering the rusty nails of dead presidents and pulling ticks off his body, Keith sought a career indoors, so he went back to school, receiving his M.A. in English from Kansas State University in 1996. Keith's office is in room 233 in the Learning Center (Library Building).
Laurel Watt has been teaching at Inver Hills since the fall of 1991. She teaches Reading, Writing, Study Skills and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Inver Hills. In addition, she coordinates the training for Peer Tutors. She is a big fan of Learning Communities as a best practices learning experience for students and professional development for faculty. She’s the loud one in the Writing Center, having earned an M. F. A. in Voice before going into Education. Runzas and tallgrass prairies are not part of her DNA, but working alongside Keith all these years has made her a convert. In her spare time she reads fiction and non-fiction and gardens like a woman obsessed. She can be found (or heard) in room 234 in the Writing Center next to Keith (poor guy).
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