Dr. Paul S. Hanstedt Director of Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Paul S. Hanstedt

Leyburn Library 110
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Literature, The Ohio State University
M.A. Creative Writing, Iowa State University
B.A. Literature, Luther College (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude)


First-Year Writing
Composition Theory and Practice
Victorian Literature
Creative Writing (Fiction)
Advocating for the Liberal Arts

Selected Publications


Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World. Stylus Press, May 2018.

Reading Hong Kong, Reading Ourselves. Co-edited with Janel Curry. Hong Kong City University Press, July 2014.

Hong Konged. Adams Media Inc., July 2012.

General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty. Co-published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Jossey-Bass/Wiley, May 2012. (Translation into Chinese forthcoming. Shandong University Press)

Recent Essays and Articles

"Might This Be the Beginning of Education?" Inside Higher Ed., April 28, 2020

"It's Time to Get Rid of Distribution Requirements." Inside Higher Ed., February 10, 2020

"Teaching the How: Three Ways to Support Failure" The Teaching Professor, June 3, 2019

"Reconsidering Our Definition of the Whole Student: An Argument for an Authority-Based Approach to University Education." Liberal Education. 102.3 (2016): 58-63.

"Exploring Alternatives to the Teaching of Lab Report Writing: The Portfolio Method." With Stacey Vargas, Virginia Military Institute. Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing. 1.1 (2014).

"Three Reasons Why Writing Across the Curriculum Should be Part of Your Conversation about General Education Revision." Liberal Education 98.4 (2012): 48-51.

"Creating a Culture of Integrative Faculty Development." With Adrienne Bloss and Susan Kirby. Liberal Education 96.4 (2010): 12-17.

"Barbarians at the Gates: Four Non-English Professors Reflect on Teaching First-Year Writing." With Rachelle Ankney, Gary Hollis, Gordon Marsh, and Hans Zorn. Pedagogy 9.2 (2009) 331-6.

Short Stories and Nonfiction

“Half-Life.” Books That Cook. Ed. by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite. New York: NYU Press, July 2014.
“Lok Say: Hong Kong Remembers Tiananmen Square.” Reprinted in Kyoto Journal, 15 May, 2013.
“Lok Say.” Laurel Review 46.1 (2012): 95-101.
“On a Train to Xi’an.” Dadwagon.com, 20 August, 2012.
“A Private Kitchen in Hong Kong.” Roads and Kingdoms.com, 10 August, 2012.
“What Do You Say?” Brain, Child. 12.2 (2011): 34-39.
“In Hong Kong, The Ethics of Housework.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 26 March 2010.
“Lists.” Beloit Fiction Journal 20 (2007): 44-56.
“My Campaign Story.” Berkeley Fiction Review 26 (2006): 27-36.
“The Nearly but Never.” Beloit Fiction Journal 14 (2001): 83-92.
“Mr. Lincolns.” The Wisconsin Review 35.2 (2001): 16-31.
“The Nice Man in the Blue Raincoat.” North Dakota Quarterly 67.1 (2000): 37-51.
"The King of France." Confrontation 58/59 (1996): 164-178.
"Fist Closed, Elbow Extending, Hand Letting Go." Puerto Del Sol 31.1 (1996): 57-73.
"Fire-Eaters." The Lowell Review 2 (1996): 24-41.

Consulting in General Education and Faculty and Curricular Development

Selected schools in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Europe:

Centre College
Colorado College
Dominican University of California
Drew University
Drury University
Federation of Self-Financing Tertiary Education (Hong Kong)
Georgia Tech
Hong Kong City University
Hollins University
Lewis and Clark College
Longwood College
Lund University (Sweden)
Montgomery College
Moravian University
Savannah College of Art and Design
St. Louis University
St. Olaf College
Tangaza University College (Kenya)
United States Air Force Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
University of Alabama
University of Macau
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Weber State University
Whitman College
Willamette University
York College