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Tara Shea Burke

Assistant Professor

Harris Hall 5160

Office hours: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. and by appointment


Multimodal and Multigenre Writing

Queer Lit and Contemporary Poetry


Tara Burke is from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has taught college students since 2011 in Virginia, New Mexico, and Colorado. She teaches writing and literature classes of all kinds, and her focus these days is centered on accessible learning environments using alternative grading and assessment models that allow for student autonomy, choice, growth, and learning outside systemic reward/punishment models. She is a poet, writer, aspiring multimedia artist, editor, creative coach, yoga and movement educator, and is focused on a queer, transdisciplinary approach to making, learning, and helping students in any setting access their voice and power both within and in resistance to systemic, oppressive power.


  • M.F.A.-Creative Writing, Poetry with certificate in Women's Studies, Old Dominion University


  • UNIV 112
  • UNIV 112
  • UNIV 200
  • UNIV 299
  • ENGL 305