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Katherine L. Hall

Katherine L. Hall, Instructor

Katherine L. Hall, Instructor
Katherine L. Hall, Instructor

Department of  English
329A Shanks Hall
181 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Katherine L. Hall is a career educator who has taught in different countries and contexts during her thirty-plus years in education. Her journey began as a high school English teacher and has continued to her last post before Virginia Tech, which was at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where she taught composition, public speaking and business communications. She has taught and trained others in Guadalajara, Mexico; Geneva, Switzerland; Cairo, Egypt; Dubai, UAE; and Abu Dhabi, UAE.  She has conducted workshops for the United Nations in Geneva and Cairo, Etisalat in UAE, the Ministry of Education in UAE and other teacher-training entities. Her work with students and their international projects has also led her to take students to countries all over the world, including multiple trips to the USA for Design Build Fly, CanSat and Boeing, as well as to South Korea for KAIST and visits to Samsung.  She completed her B.A. in English at Christopher Newport University, M.A. in English at Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech. She originally hails from Hampton, Virginia. 

  • Composition and rhetoric pedagogy
  • Women in engineering
  • English as a foreign language teaching and learning
  • Public speaking
  • Service learning and community service
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2001
  • M.A. in English, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1998
  • B.A. in English, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, VA, 1986
  •  Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competency , International Association of Accessibility Professionals
  • Peer Reviewer, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 2019-Present
  • Career and Professional Development & the College Access Collaborative, (Passport to Career:  Oh, The Places You’ll Go), Virginia Tech, Summer 2020-Present
  • Online mentor for First Generation Hokies, 2019-Present
  • Executive board member, EXPO 2020 Dubai, representing Virginia Tech Solar Decathalon House in the Expo 2020 in Dubai, September 2019-Present
  • Mentor, summer Ut Prosim Student Volunteer Program, summer 2020
  • Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion, Virginia Tech, 2022.
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Service, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015

Book Chapters

Hall, K.L. (2011).  “Teaching Composition and Rhetoric to Arab EFL Learners.” In Teaching and Learning in the Arab World.  Gitsaki, C., editor. Peter Lang: Bern: pp. 421-440.

  • “First-Gen Virtual Panel: Interviewing from an Alumni Perspective,” panel member, November 12, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia, “You’re Not Alone” 3 Day Campaign, Talk Title:  “Depression in the Virtual Era,” September 19, 2020
  • Arab Gulf Forum presented by the Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Two interactive workshops on “Compassion in Education.” April 8, 2019
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Think tank on Gender Balance, invited panel member September 2018
  • Ministry of Education Advanced Science Program (Math), Al Ain and Ajman, UAE. Two interactive training workshops on ELL Strategies in Math, August 28/29, 2018
  • First-year English composition
  • Business communications
  • Public speaking
  • Technical writing

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