Dr. Kimberly Engber joined the faculty in the Department of English at Wichita State University in 2007. She serves as an associate professor in English and teaches courses in 19th and 20th century American literature and women's literature. In 2012, she was named Director of the Emory Lindquist Honors Program, and in 2014, she became the founding Dean of the Honors College, named after generous benefactors Dorothy and Bill Cohen in 2015.

In her role as dean, Dr. Engber promotes the Cohen Honors ambition to do more meaningful work in the classroom and beyond. She is responsible for strategic planning and vision; supporting student and faculty governance; academic program direction including recruiting and hiring faculty, facilitating Honors course and curriculum development, and campus-wide student research and creative activity programs; budget management; and cultivating alumni and donor relationships.


Academic Interests and Expertise


Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in Women’s Studies                                                    2003

The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY)                                  

B.A. in English, Kenyon College (summa cum laude)                                                       1993

      Junior Year Abroad: University of Exeter, England (1991-1992)


Academic Interests:

  • 19th and 20th Century American Women Writers
  • Travel writing
  • Science and Literature
  • Honors Education

Selected Publications


Myose, R., E. Rollins, K. Hoffmann, K. Engber, and S. Myose. “The Effect of Plus-Minus Grades on Graduation With Academic Distinction for Engineering Students at Wichita State University” Proceedings of the 2019 Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (2019)

Engber, Kimberly. “New World Literature? Crossing Borders with Isabella Bird and Winnifred Eaton.” Spaces of Utopia 4 (2007): 31-56.

Ciuffreda, K. J., and K. Engber. “Is one eye better than two when viewing pictorial art?” Leonardo 35.1 (2002): 37-40. [co-authors]

Hall, E. C., J. Gordon, L. Hainline, I. Abramov, and K. Engber. “Childhood visual experience affects adult voluntary oculomotor control.” Optometry and Vision Science 7 (2000): 511-23.

Wyatt, H. J., E. C. Hall, and K. Engber. “Representation of simple graphs in virtual tactile space.” Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness 94 (2000): 713-15.



Engber, Kimberly “We Have Never Been Gendered: The Postcontemporary Case of Julia Ward Howe's Hermaphrodite,” Beyond Postmodernism: Onto the Postcontemporary. Ed. Christopher K. Brooks. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 33-45.

Engber, Kimberly “At Home in Japan: The New World Literature of Isabella Bird and Winnifred Eaton.” The Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities: From the Romantics to the Fin-de-Siecle. Ed. Marguerite Corporaal and Evert Jan van Leeuwen. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010.                                        223-242.

Engber, Kimberly “Anthropological Fictions: On Character, Culture, and Sexuality in the Work of Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Virginia Woolf.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 30:1 (2005): 368-381.


Book Reviews

“Toward a More Perfect Union,” Reviews in American History 40.2 (2012).

The Temple and the Forum: The American Museum and Cultural Authority in Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, and Whitman. By Les Harrison. The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 41.2 (2008).

“America's Asia: Racial Form and American Literature 1893-1945 by Colleen Lye” NUCBA Journal of Language, Culture, and Communication 8.1 (2006).

Ciuffreda, K. J., and K. Engber. “New Book Review: Suspensions of Perception: Attention,

Spectacle, and Modern Culture by Jonathan Crary.” Binocular Vision and Strabismus Quarterly 16.2 (2001).


Work in Progress

“Foreign Objects, Domestic Acts: How Women Made the Ethnographic Age 1839-1939” (book)

Professional Experience


  • Director, Emory Lindquist Honors Program, Wichita State University, 2012-2013
  • Associate Professor of English, Wichita State University 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor of English, Wichita State University 2007-2012                                 
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Zagreb, Croatia May-June 2011
  • Adjunct Instructor of English, South University Online Summer 2009
  • Fulbright Guest Professor of American Studies, University of Zagreb, Croatia 2006-2007
  • Assistant Professor of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages/Asian Studies 2006 - Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration, Japan
  • Acting Director of Student/Academic Affairs, School of Arts & Sciences 2003-2006 - Hunter College CUNY
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY 2005
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of English 2004
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Queens College, CUNY 2001-2003
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of English, John Jay College, CUNY 1994-1998
  • Teacher, Academy of Our Lady of Guam, Agana, Guam 1993-1994 - Sophomore world literature teacher and first-year class advisor
Awards and Honors
  • John R. Barrier Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, WSU (2012)
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Zagreb, Croatia (May-June 2011)
  • Nominated for University Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award, WSU (2009)
  • Award for Research/Creative Projects in Summer (ARCS), WSU (2008)
  • Fulbright Scholar in American Studies, University of Zagreb (2006-2007)
  • Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize, Women’s Studies Certificate Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2003)
  • Alfred Kazin Award for the Best Dissertation on American Literature and Culture, Ph.D. Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2003)
  • Grace Calder Dissertation Fellowship, Ph.D. Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2000)
  • Fellowship, The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2000-2001)
  • Urban Fieldwork Internship, Activist Women’s Oral History Project, Center for the Study of Women and Society, The Graduate Center, CUNY (1997)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (junior-year election 1992)

National Science Foundation KS-LSAMP Grant sub-award co-PIs Jan Twomey and Kimberly Engber

A successful collaboration between the Cohen Honors College and the College of Engineering led to a sub-award with the Kansas State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF KS-LSAMP) grant for STEM majors. This $810,000 grant awarded in September 2018 supports two residential summer transition-to-college programs serving 25 students and stipends of up to $4000 for 8 students each year to engage in research with faculty mentors.