Whitaker, Keysha

Lecturer, Professional Writing/English
Mailing Address: 
144 Franco Building

Keysha Whitaker is the adviser to Berks’ Beat magazine produced by students at Penn State Berks. Whitaker teaches developmental writing, composition, and journalism courses. She has taught composition and developmental writing at community colleges and four-year schools in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut since 2011, including serving as a full-time lecturer at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ. In 2010, she was a Connecticut Community Colleges Minority Teaching Fellow and a Riggio Honors Program Teaching Fellow at The New 

In 2014, she attended the Kellogg Institute for the Certification of Adult and Developmental Educators where she completed intensive workshops on Assessment and Placement; Strategies to Accelerate Learning; Integrating Support Services, Instruction; and Technology; and Outcomes Assessment and Program Evaluation. Her practicum, in progress, focuses on continued assessment research on holistically graded essays of developmental students at two- and four-year schools.

She hosts and produces Behind the Prose, a podcast for writers. Recent guests have included Lee Gutkind, founder of Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Washington Post Nonfiction Book Critic Carlos Lozada, and author of the novel Queen Sugar, Natalie Baszile, whose book was picked up by OWN. Whitaker has written news and entertainment stories for regional papers and appeared as a morning show personality on HOT 97 FM in New York City.

M.F.A., Creative Writing, The New School
B.S., Sociology, Sacred Heart University
"Two Weddings and a Friendship People.” Full Grown People , March 2015.
“Life, Love, and the Proverbs of Judge Judy,” The Jewish Daily Forward , December 2014.
“Girl Talk: I’m in Type Purgatory,” The Frisky , June 201.