Kelli Zaytoun

COLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award
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English Language and Literatures

Kelli Zaytoun is known as an excellent teacher, productive scholar, dedicated public servant, and ethical colleague. She frequently serves on university-level committees due to her probity and discretion. An internationally known scholar in the fields of women studies and multi-ethnic literature, she is best known for her work on Gloria Anzaldúa. Dr. Zaytoun is frequently sought out to review manuscripts on Anzaldúa and is even more frequently cited in the scholarly literature. An early leader in the field of women and gender studies at Wright State, she was instrumental in the development of the Women’s Center and of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, both of which she has directed. Dr. Zaytoun truly excels in all areas of the academic enterprise; she is thoughtful and demanding in her teaching and highly supportive of student success. She is known throughout the college for her student-centered pedagogy. And she readily shares her expertise with colleagues across campus, whether appearing as a guest speaker in others’ classrooms, untangling curricular knots, or working as a collaborator. Dr. Zaytoun pursues all her activities with a unique combination of empathy, humility, and passion.


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