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Ms. Kathy Fish
Professor of English

K. Fish

After growing up in the midwest and receiving degrees from William Jewell College and the University of Kansas, Mrs. Kathy Fish joined the faculty at the University of the Cumberlands in 1984.

Mrs. Fish’s literary interests include women’s issues and women’s writing; anything American, particularly the genre of the novel; contemporary novels including mysteries and thrillers; the influence of fairy tales on contemporary literature; writers’ experimentation with narration; and the sociolinguistic area of dialects.  She is planning a new course in experimental narration as one of UC’s new Integrated Studies courses.   Over the years, she has directed three Presidential Scholars Research projects, two on Appalachian writer Lee Smith, and the other exploring personality disorders in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Along with Ms. Linda Carter, Dean of Student Life, Mrs. Fish created INSIGHTS, UC’s freshman orientation program, in 1990 and continues to codirect the program.  She was named Outstanding Freshman Advocate by the National Resource Center for Freshman Year Experience in 1998.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 131 English Composition I
  • ENGL 132 English Composition II
  • ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
  • ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
  • ENGL 433 Women in Literature
  • ENGL 439 Descriptive Linguistics
  • Specialty courses on occasion on such topics as Fairy Tales in Contemporary Literature or Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville

 Selected Publications and Presentations

Reviews in Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine of James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature edited by Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, The Last Girls by Lee Smith, Harvest by Katherine Landis

Televised interviews on UC’s station of authors Lee Smith and Katherine Landis

International study and teaching in Beijing and Yantai, China with the Consortium for Global Education

Presentations on UC’s Insights program delivered at the Freshman Year Experience Conference, various years; the Student Retention in Small Colleges Conference, various years; the 7th and 8th Annual National Conference on Student Retention

Presentations at the Laurel County Library, London, KY, on Henry David Thoreau, Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry

Presentations on UC’s campus to the Patriot newspaper staff, the Center for Teaching and Learning on Writing for Finals, the Philosophy Club, the History Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta

Insights Orientations for Faculty / Staff Participants (STRIPES) and Student Mentor Participants (STARs) since the program’s inception in 1990