Associate Professor of English/Director of Student Success

  • Carl Johann Library - 304C
  • English Department, Student Success Office
  • (573) 288-6000 Ext. 6350
  • aburger@culver.edu

Position

Dr. Alissa Burger joined the faculty at Culver-Stockton in September 2016. She develops and teaches general education and English major courses. She is the chair of the English department, the director of writing across the curriculum and the director of retention. She provides research and student management to assist in the College's retention efforts. Burger was the recipient of the President's Award for Exemplary Service in May 2020.

She is an expert on her dissertation topic, "Trajectory of the American Myth: Race, Gender, Home and Magic from The Wizard of Oz to Wicked," and she wrote a book, "The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007," which was published in 2012.

Burger also is a well-known expert on the work of author Stephen King, and her book, "Teaching Stephen King: Horror, the Supernatural and New Approaches in Literature," was published in 2016. She also is the editor of the collections "Pushing Daisies: Critical Perspectives on the Bryan Fuller Series" (2011) and "Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement" (2017).

Burger previously taught at Kaplan University in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the State University of New York at Delhi.

Education

2002 -- B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
2004 -- M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
2009 -- Ph.D., American Cultural Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Associate Professor of English/Director of Student Success

Alissa Burger

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