Kirk Branch is associate professor of English, and until last month, the director of the writing program and director of the MSU Writing Center. He is the founding Director of the Yellowstone Writing Project, a professional development organization for K-16 teachers in Montana.
He has taught writing in an adult literacy center, a vocational school, a county jail, an Indian reservation and four universities, including Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Lecturing Award in 2010-11. In March 2013, he was named an English Language Specialist by the U.S. State Department and hired by the U.S. Embassy in Nepal to run a series of writing workshops in three Nepali cities.
His research has grown from the teaching he has done in these various settings, and his 2007 book Eyes in the Ought to Be: What We Teach When We Teach About Literacy, explored questions raised while teaching literacy and writing in the literacy center, the vocational school and the county jail.