Kayla Bruce

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
English
Ph.D. (English: Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies), 2017, Arizona State University
M.A. (English), 2014, Illinois State University
B.A. (English), 2011, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Bruce joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching college writing, business communication, technical writing, advanced writing, fiction and poetry. Her first higher education teaching assignments was at Olivet during the 2011–2012 academic year. Since then, she has taught English classes at Illinois State University, Arizona State University (ASU), Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Madison College.

While at ASU, she served as co-chair for the Graduate Scholars of English Association 21st Annual Southwest English Symposium. The program featured presentations by nationally recognized scholars and a poetry reading. She also served on the board of the Graduate Scholars of English Association at ASU, helping to make decisions and bring positive change and initiatives to the program.

In both 2015 and 2017, she received the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award from Arizona State University for her work that she presented at professional conferences. She is a member of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

While an Olivet student, she studied abroad in Oxford, England. There, she fell in love with English as a subject and decided to pursue it as a career. She also became enamored with all things British. Today, she still travels to England when she can, drinks London Fog tea lattes, watches “The Great British Bake Off” and listens to Ed Sheeran.

Dr. Bruce married her husband, Wade, in 2011. He is a software engineer. Traveling to different continents or different parts of the state where they are living is her favorite leisure activity. She also enjoys reading, home yoga practice, blogging, gluten-free baking, and walking with her dogs, Finley and Lacy.