Kevin Drzakowski

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 109 Callahan Hall
Phone: 715-232-1103
Email: drzakowskik@uwstout.edu

Education

    • Ph D English: Creative Writing
      WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
      Kalamazoo, MI, 2007
    • MA English: Creative Writing
      MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
      Springfield, MO, 2004
    • BA English Composition
      TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY
      Kirksville, MO, 2002

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Associate Professor
        June 2011 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Assistant Professor
        August 2007 - June 2011
      • UW-STOUT
        Academic Transformation Project Pilot Study Team Member
        August 2008 - June 2009

      • Wisconsin Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament Judge
        February 20, 2009 - February 21, 2009
      • Western Michigan University Writing Studio
        English 1000 Writing Consultant
        August 2006 - April 2007
      • Western Michigan University
        Doctoral Associate
        August 2004 - April 2007
      • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
        Adjunct Instructor
        August 2006 - December 2006
      • Charles University
        Prague Summer Program Teaching Assistant
        July 2006
      • Missouri State University
        Graduate Assistant
        August 2002 - May 2004
      • Missouri State University Freshman Composition Program
        Reader
        2003
      • Truman State University Office of Advancement
        Office Assistant
        2000 - 2002
      • Truman State University Index
        Cartoonist
        September 2000 - May 2002

    Industry

      • Third Coast Literary Magazine
        Drama Editor
        March 2005 - April 2007

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Drzakowski, K. (2014). The Banana Strips. Haiku Journal, 32.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2012). Dear Cruel World. Verse Wisconsin, 108.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2010). Boston, New York, and Other: Unclaimed Space in The Journal of Madam Knight. The Researcher, 23(2).
    • Drzakowski, K. (2010). The Boy Who Went Where He Wanted. Spectrum, 53.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2008). Subatomic Storms. Wisconsin Review, 42(2).
    • Drzakowski, K. (2007). We Once Surged. The Offbeat, 7.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2006). Finding the ‘I’ in Imagination: Kubla Khan as the Solution to the Problem of the Individual in Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Hilltop Review, 2.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2004). Grand Junction. Moon City Review, 5.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2004). Green Ash. .
    • Drzakowski, K. (2003). Anything But Maturity. Our Time is Now, 1(2).
    • Drzakowski, K. (2002). Well Spoken: the Art of Speech and Debate at Truman. Truman Review.
    • Drzakowski, K. (2001). Battle for the Hickory Stick. Truman Review.

    Play

    • Drzakowski, K. (2013). Friendlyville (Play). .

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

    Theatre - Perform

    • Drzakowski, K. (November 7,2008 - November 10, 2008) Grand Junction. Plainwell, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (July 18, 2008) The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Eating Underwear. Plainwell Island City Festival. Plainwell, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 18,2008 - April 20, 2008) The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Eating Underwear. Plainwell, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 11,2008 - April 12, 2008) The Pick Up. Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. Brookfield, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 4,2008 - April 5, 2008) The Pick Up. Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. Brookfield, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (January 25, 2007) You Might Mean Something. Whole Art Theatre. Kalamazoo, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (December 7,2006 - December 9, 2006) A Watched Pot. Hillsdale Annex. Hillsdale, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (July 2005) A Watched Pot. Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival. New York City, NY, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (February 2005) A Watched Pot. Paw Paw, MI, United States.

    Staged Reading

    • Drzakowski, K. (April 13, 2007) The High School Play (Scene One). WMU Third Coast Reading Series, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (January 27, 2006) High Five. WMU Third Coast Reading Series,
    • Drzakowski, K. (March 2004) Green Ash. Missouri State University,
    • Drzakowski, K. (May 2002) Grand Junction. Truman State University,

    Workshop Performance

    • Drzakowski, K. (June 2005) Cold Water Knocking. Western Michigan University,
    • Drzakowski, K. (December 2002) Protest. Southwest Missouri State University,

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Drzakowski, K. (April, 2013). The Nature of Identity in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. College English Association National Conference, Savannah, GA, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (February 28, 2013). Dear Cruel World. English Faculty Creative Writing Reading, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (May 10, 2012). One Hundred Haikus/ by Kevin Drzakowski/ This one doesn’t count. Writing the Midwest Symposium, Lansing, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (November 4, 2011). Romeo and Thisbe: Shakespeare’s Artistic Consciousness. Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (May 2, 2011). Excerpt from Misery Be Damned. English Faculty Creative Writing Reading, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 21, 2011). But Now I’m Found: Critical Perspectives on Lost. Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (March 25, 2010). Secret Guilt of an Artist: The Real Inspector Hound and Tom Stoppard’s Political Voice. College English Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (November 14, 2009). Redefining Drengskapr: Harboring a Fugitive in Gisli’s Saga. Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (October 3, 2008). Multiple Literacies: Ideas for Helping College Freshmen Effectively Meet the Challenges of a New Century. Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Conference, Madison, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (August 2, 2008). Almost Shameful: The Practice and Pedagogy of Stage Adaptation and the Problems of Genre, Narrative, and Community. Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (May 2, 2008). Fake Baseball. , Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 30, 2008). My Teeth Fell Out. English Faculty Creative Writing Reading, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (March 27, 2008). Beyond Boston: Sarah Kemble Knight’s Rendering of the Known and Unknown Other. College English Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (February 22, 2008). Hungry are the Not Damned: Hunger as Divine in Dante’s Commedia. 5th Annual Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film, and the Other Arts, San Antonio, TX, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (May, 2007). The Outlaw is a Person in Your Neighborhood: The Outlaw as an Integral Part of the Community in Old Icelandic Literature. 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (September 15, 2006). Strategies for Taking the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams. WMU Department of English Brown Bag Lecture Series, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (June 10, 2006). So They Entertained Themselves to Their Satisfaction: Humor as an Argument for Literary Consciousness in the Icelandic Family Sagas. Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (April 7, 2006). SimCulture: Resolving the Contradictions in PC Spatial Simulation Games. College English Association National Conference, San Antonio, TN, United States.
    • Drzakowski, K. (February 9, 2006). Comedic Playwriting. , United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Drzakowski, K. Professional Development Grant. Sponsored by UW-Stout (Funded).
    • Drzakowski, K. Gwen Frostic Travel Grant. Sponsored by Western Michigan University (Funded).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Finalist, Theatre du Mississippi Original Shorts Competition, (2013)
    • ASPIRE Teaching Award, UW-Stout (2010)
    • Finalist, Heartland Theatre’s Annual Ten-Minute Play Contest, (2009)
    • First Place, Play ‘n Well Players First Annual One Act Festival, (2009)
    • First Place, Graduate Student Creative Writing Awards: Playwriting Category, Western Michigan University (March 2007)
    • Nominated for Who’s Who in America, (2006)
    • Semifinalist, Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference, (2005)
    • Semifinalist, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival, (July 2005)
    • Third Place, Paw Paw Village Players One Act Festival, (February 2005)
    • Missouri College Media Association award in cartooning, (2003)
    • Nominated for Who’s Who Among American College Students, (2001)
    • Sophomore Writing Experience Award, Truman State University (2000)
    • St. Louis Metropolitan Scholar, (1998)

    Honor

    • Doctoral Associateship, Western Michigan University (2004)
    • Graduate Assistantship, Missouri State University (2002)

    Scholarship

    • President’s Honorary Scholarship, Truman State University (1999)
    • Presidential Scholarship, Missouri State University (1998)

Professional Memberships

  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Minnesota Screenwriters Workshop
  • College English Association
  • Alpha Psi Omega National Honorary Theatrics Society
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English
  • American Theatre in Higher Education
  • Michigan College English Association
  • Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
  • Missouri State University Graduate Students for Literature
  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, UW-Stout English and Philosophy Department Staff Committee (2013 - Present)
    • Co-Chair, UW-Stout Department of English Literature Committee (2011 - Present)
    • Secretary, UW-Stout Department of English Literature Committee (2008 - Present)
    • Committee Member, UW-Stout Department of English Freshman Writing Committee (August 2007 - Present)
    • Vice-Chair, UW-Stout English and Philosophy Department Promotion Committee (2013)
    • Committee Chair, UW-Stout English and Philosophy Department Promotion Committee (2011 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, UW-Stout English and Philosophy Department Staff Committee (2010 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, UW-Stout Department of English Advanced Writing Committee (2008 - 2012)
    • Treasurer, UW-Stout Department of English Literature Committee (2008 - 2010)
    • Committee Member, UW-Stout Department of English Literature Committee (2007 - 2008)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Secretary, Faculty Senate (2013 - Present)
      • Faculty Advisor, Kappa Lambda Beta (2012 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Educational Support Unit Review Committee (2011 - 2013)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Senate (2009 - 2012)
      • Committee Member, Professional Development Grant Review Committee (2010 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, Personnel Policies Committee (2009 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, Strategic Planning Group (2009 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, Admission and Credit Appeals Committee (2008 - 2010)
      • Faculty Advisor, Comedy Club (2007 - 2009)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Senate (2008)

      Western Michigan University

      • Committee Member, Association of Graduate English Students (2004 - 2007)

    Community

    • Committee Member, Menomonie Theater Guild; Play Reading Committee (2008 - Present)
    • Board of Directors, Menomonie Theater Guild (2009 - 2013)
    • Artistic Director, Bingo: The Winning Musical, Menomonie Theater Guild (October 2012)
    • Artistic Director, A Streetcar Named Desire, Menomonie Theater Guild (October 2011)
    • Committee Member, Menomonie Theater Guild; Publicity Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • Performer, Production crew member, and Publicity designer, Truman State University Theatre (1999 - 2002)