“Teaching is performed in generosity; learning is accomplished in joy.” -Louise Cowan, PhD

Aurelia Ann VonTress

The photos feature Kaitlyn and her service dog, Gary. Gary is a beloved part of Kaitlyn's classroom. 

Photos by Heidi Cephus, PhD. 

Courses Taught

ENGL 1310: College Writing I


  • Ancient Rhetoric and Contemporary Argument 
  • Transforming the World Through Telling Our Story
  • Describing, Identifying, and Synthesizing Arguments 
  • An Insider’s Guide to Describing Arguments
  • Who We are and From Where We Speak: The Impact of Identity on our Engagement with Knowledge

ENGL 1320: College Writing II


  • The Role of Argument in Culture 
  • Arguments in Environmental and Science Writing 
  • Writing With, For, and Alongside the Other: Doing the Work of Writing in  Conversations on Race 

ENGL 2210: World Literature I

  • How the Myths of the Past Shape Our Stories Today 

ENGL 2220: World Literature II

  • Stepping Over: Narratives of Women Crossing Boundaries and Speaking Out 

ENGL 3830: American Literature I

  • Exploring the Origins of Our National Story

ENGL 3840: American Literature II

  • Patriotic Dystopias: Supporting and Subverting the National Narrative through Science, Utopian, and Dystopian Fiction 

ENGL 3920: Survey of Ethnic Literature 

  • (Don’t) Mind the Gap: An Exploration of Literature by US Women of Color From 1970 to Now 

TECM 2700: Introduction to Technical Writing

Quick Info about Kaitlyn:

Preferred Form of Address (professional): Professor Willy

Preferred Name (informal): Kait

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Rolla, MIssouri


B.A. in History, Concentration in Ancient Greek, University of Dallas

M.A. in Theology, Concentration in Catechetics, University of Notre Dame

Aurelia VonTress

Aurelia VonTress is a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas, focusing in 20th Century American Literature. Her specific interests in research include Dystopian Agriculture, Ethnic Literature, Xicanisma, and WOC Feminist Theory.

In addition to her studies, Aurelia is a Teaching Fellow in English Literature, Technical Communication, and the First Year Writing Program at UNT. She has served as the Assistant Director of the Writing Program and continues to work closely with the Writing Program Administration Team. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Graduate Students in English and helped plan the Critical Voices Graduate Student Conference.

Her dissertation includes a Post-Oppositional reading of Alcalá’s trilogy in the Sonoran Desert (Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, and Treasures in Heaven) using AnaLouise Keating’s Transformation Now!: Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change

For a more detailed bio, visit her author bio at Life (Re) Claimed