Michael Critchfield

Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 377N Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-1495
Email: critchfieldm@uwstout.edu


  • German (Beginner)


    • DA (incomplete) English
      Idaho State University
      Pocatello, ID, United States, 2005
    • MA English
      University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
      Eau Claire, WI, United States, 1995
    • BA English
      University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
      Eau Claire, WI, United States, 1991
    • AAS Communications Processing Management
      Community College of the Air Force
      Maxwell AFB, AL, United States, 1985

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, English
        Senior Lecturer
        2005 -
      • Idaho State University, English
        Adjunct Instructor
        2003 - 2005
      • Mount Senario College
        Assistant Professor
        1996 - 1997
      • Lakeland College, English
        Adjunct Instructor


      • Ovations (UnitedHealth Group)
        Physician Claims Processor/Business Claims Process Analyst
        May 2010 - April 2012
      • Ovations (UnitedHealth Group)
        Compliance Technical Writer
        March 2000 - July 2003
      • Thorp Supportive Services, LLC
        September 1995 - March 2000

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Critchfield, M. (2009). Fictionalizing Schopenhauer and Sub-textualizing de Sade: The Absurd Existential Experiment in ‘In the Penal Colony’. .
    • Critchfield, M. (2009). ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’: Marquez’s Bad Samaritan Parable. .



    • Critchfield, M. (January, 2010). Decompressing the Essay Evaluation Process. Faculty Development Workshop, Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Roundtable Presentation

    • Deacon, A., Drzakowski, K., Risley, K., Critchfield, M., & Jones, G. (July, 2009). On Triumphs and Turbulence: Sharing Results from a Grant-Sponsored WPA Pilot Program. Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

    Oral Presentation

    • Critchfield, M. (July, 2009). Lessons from a First-Year WPA Academic Transformation Project, UW-Stout. WPA Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Critchfield, M. (April, 2005). Historical Foundations for Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’. EGSA Conference,

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Finalist, Graduate Student Teacher of the Year, Idaho State University (2005)


    • Doctoral Fellowship, Idaho State University (2003)

Professional Memberships

  • American Management Association



    • Committee Member, Freshmen English Improvement Team (2008 - Present)
    • Committee Member, ADA Committee (2010)