Dr. Catherine Waitinas
INTERIM DEPARTMENT CHAIR
ENGLISH MAJOR ADVISOR
pride center faculty ally
Office: Bldg. 47-32D
Email: Catherine Waitinas
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A./M.A. (dual degree) English, St. Bonaventure University
Teaching and Research Interests
Curricular Diversity & Inclusivity
Open Educational Resources (OER)
“Great Audiences ‘Absorb, Adopt it’: Walt Whitman’s ‘The Old Bowery.’” The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 36: 2/3 (Winter/Spring 2019), 128-54.
"Putting Students 'In Whitman's Hand.'" Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Topics in the Digital Humanities Series. Ed. Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain. University of Illinois Press, 2018. 153-66.
“Flipping Whitman: Students as Teachers.” With Sarah Wishnewsky. Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 10:1 (Fall 2018), 9-22. [Also in 10:1: reprint of “‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’: Whitman, Wikis, and the Web,” TALTP 2:4]
"'Animal Magnetism': The 'Cotemporary' Roots of Whitman's 'Is Mesmerism True?'" Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 34 (2016), 55-68.
“What Does It Mean to Open Education? Perspectives on Using Open Educational Resources at a US Public University.” With L. Vanasupa, A. Wiley, L. Schlemer, D. Ospina, P. Schwartz, D. Wilhelm, and K. Hall. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education, ed. Patrick Blessinger and T.J. Bliss. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016. 199-221.
"Gay and Godly: Coming to Jesus in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain." The James Dickey Review 29:1 (Fall/Winter 2012), 22-34. Special issue on American Masculinities.
"Tarot as 'Secret Tradition' in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land: 'These fragments I have shored against my ruins.'" Tarot in Culture, ed. Emily E. Auger. Victoria, Australia: Association for Tarot Studies, 369-409.
"'A Noiseless Patient Spider': Whitman, Wikis, and the Web." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 2:4 (Spring 2009): 47-74.
"The Search for Identity, 1970-Present." American Passages: A Literary Survey, ed. Laura K. Arnold et al. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting and Annenberg/CPB, 2003. 758-808.
511: Early American Poetry
511: The Early American Novel
511: Early through Revolutionary American Literature
502: Contemporary Critical Theory
461: Senior Project
459: Literary Mesmerism
449: Walt Whitman: Literature and the Digital Archive
449: Early American Women Writers
449: The Early American Novel
400: Literature of the Lake District (Extended Field Trip)
400: Nathaniel Hawthorne
380: Self-Reliance in American Film and Fiction
346: Ethnic American Writers
345: Women Writers of the Twentieth Century
333: London in the Romantic Imagination (London Study)
331: Early Modern English Literature
303: Core IV -- Transatlantic Romanticism
240: The American Tradition in Literature
204: Core II -- English and American Literature in the Age of Discovery
Awards and Honors
Terrance Harris Excellence in Mentorship Award, 2018-19
Open Educational Resources Grant, AB798 (American literary OER), 2017-18
CLA Circle of Giving Grant (Whitman videos), 2017-18
Learn By Doing Scholar Award (Whitman pedagogy), 2017
CLA Early Career Award for Achievement in Teaching, 2015
CLA Circle of Giving Grant (Whitman digital pedagogy), 2014-15
CTLT Technology & Pedagogy Grants (3), 2007-8 and 2008-9
University of Illinois: All-Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities Teaching Excellence Award
University of Illinois English Department: Award for Outstanding Teaching