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Tara Shea Burke

Assistant Professor

Harris Hall 5160

Office hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 a.m. and by appointment

Alternative Grading and Assessment Methods

Decolonizing the Writing Workshop

Queer Literature and Theory Contemporary Poetry

Critical Pedagogy

Intersectional Feminism and Feminist Theories,


Creative Nonfiction and Personal Narrative

20th and 21st century Postcolonial and Decolonial Theories and Literatures

Multimedia Art as Argument


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