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Dr. Mika Shipley

Professor and Department Chair of Literature and Languages

Why I Teach

I am fulfilled by supporting and witnessing the development students demonstrate through college, from scared, timid freshmen to confident, engaged seniors.

Professional Activities

My research interests include summarizing, the transitions students make between high school and college, and basic writing. I have presented at national conferences covering subjects from writing and technology to plagiarism. In 2014, I wrote and had published a textbook, An Elephant’s Idea: A Basic Companion for Writers. This is the text currently used at Wesley in all Basic Writing courses. In 2019, I revised An Elephant’s Idea for its second edition. I am currently working on an online supplement for this text. In addition to my writing activities, I have supervised many internships and have helped my students get published in various forums. In 2019, I also led a collaboration of Wesley students with the Downtown Dover Partnership.


  • Ph.D., English Education, University of Maryland
  • M.S., Writing, Towson University
  • B.A., English, University of Delaware

Courses Taught

  • EN099 Basic Writing
  • EN100 College Writing
  • EN103 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN317 History and Structure of the English Language
  • EN324 Gendered Rhetoric
  • EN325 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
  • EN450 English Senior Seminar
  • FY100 First Year Seminar, Show Me the Money
  • GS100 Introduction to Gender Studies
  • BA325 Business Communications
  • WR202 Expository Writing
  • WR211 Persuasive Writing
  • WR318 Technical Writing

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