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Barbara Kirchmeier

Director of First-Year Composition; Senior Instructor


213 Brink Hall

Mailing Address

English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Barbara Kirchmeier teaches writing, rhetoric, and composition theory.

  • M.A., English, University of Idaho, 2005
  • M.Ed., University of Idaho, 2003
  • B.S., University of Idaho, 2000

Barbara Kirchmeier joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Idaho in 2009. She is the Director of First-Year Composition and a Senior Instructor. Her teaching duties include Writing Workshop for Teachers, courses in professional writing and rhetoric, and first-year composition courses. Her administrative duties include training and mentoring English TAs, planning and implementing curriculum for first-year writing, and acting as the faculty liaison for dual credit instructors.

Barb attended U of I from 1996 until 2005, earning a B.S. in secondary education, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and an M.A. in English. Her graduate research included writing across the curriculum (specifically strategies for implementing writing-to-learn activities) and TA education.

Barb is a member of International Writing Centers Association, National Council of Teachers of English and participates in statewide conversations regarding First-Year Composition Across Idaho.

Barb lives in Moscow, Idaho with her husband Ben and their two children.

  • Developmental and First-Year Writing
  • TA Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Online Writing Education Best Practices
  • Business and Professional Writing

  • Alumni Award for Excellence Mentor, University of Idaho, 2018
  • Graduate Professional Student Association Teaching Excellence Award, Arizona State University, Spring 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of Idaho, Spring 2005
  • Graduate Research Excellence, University of Idaho, Spring 2005
  • Vandal Helping Hand Award, University of Idaho, Spring 2004

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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