Kimberley M. Benedict

Kimberley Benedict


Professor Benedict graduated from Wheaton College with highest honors in 1990.  She earned a secondary education teaching certificate at the University of Washington in 1993, and taught high school English in the Seattle area.  While she was teaching, she pursued graduate studies part-time at the Bread Loaf School of English.  From there, she went on to full-time graduate studies.  She earned her M.A. at the University of Chicago in 1996, and earned her Ph.D from Stanford University in 2001.



  • Reading children’s books aloud with family
  • Reading theology
  • Running
  • Being on or near the water

Favorite books

  • Eugene Peterson’s books on spiritual theology and pastoral development
  • Jerome Bruner, The Process of Education
  • Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede, Singular Texts / Plural Authors
  • Shirley Brice Heath, Ways with Words
  • Wayne Booth, The Vocation of a Teacher
  • Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons

Academic interests

  • Composition theory and pedagogy
  • Revision processes and strategies
  • Literacy
  • Teacher research

Research and scholarship

Professor Benedict has written about medieval women’s composing practices; see her book Empowering Collaborations: Writing Partnerships between Religious Women and Scribes in the Middle Ages, published by Routledge (1st ed. 2004; 2nd ed. 2014).


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