Jillian L. Wenburg, PhD
"She was lost in her longing to understand." —Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Dr. Jillian L. Wenburg is a teacher, researcher, writer, designer, speaker, yoga instructor, and business owner.
Her areas of specialty include writing, composition, rhetoric, twentieth century American literature, Western literature, and the history of the American west.
Since 2020, her passion is her work as an Instructional Designer at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. She also teaches part-time as an adjunct assistant professor of English at Johnson County Community College.
She taught English as an assistant professor at Fort Lewis College from 2011-2020 providing both composition and Honors courses for the college. She served as a writing coach for the Teacher Education M.A. Program at Fort Lewis College and proudly served as mentor to many undergraduate students. Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Wenburg taught as a graduate teaching instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an adjunct instructor at Central Community College in Kearney, Nebraska, and an adjunct at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Wenburg presents frequently at conferences and has received numerous travel grants and awards to support her work. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Studies Association, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, Modern Language Association, College English Association, American Historical Association, American Culture Association, and the Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association.
She currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri, where she runs her business, Rural Designs, providing website, publication design, and copywriting/editing services.
Writing & Composition Twentieth century American literature Literature of the West History of the American West
Ph.D., University of Missouri, English and History with a focus on American literature and history, 2015
M.A., University of Nebraska, English Literature, 2006
B.A., University of Nebraska, English Language and Literature, 2005