English faculty

Kimberly Van Es, M.A.

Lecturer in English

M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Dordt College

KEPH 2nd


Kim Van Es coordinates the English teaching major at Northwestern. She specializes in the teaching of writing and grammar. She enjoys taking her students to professional conferences such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the Festival of Faith and Writing. In 2013 she received Northwestern's first Faculty Inspirational Service Award, given for going above and beyond expectations, personifying a strong Christian commitment, and serving as an inspiration to the campus community.


  • Grammar in the Classroom

    Grammar in the Classroom

    (2 credits) Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: IGE101 and sophomore standing.
  • Teaching Literature to Adolescents

    Teaching Literature to Adolescents

    (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of and practice in the teaching of literature, especially literature appropriate for young adults, with the goal of preparing students to teach English in junior high and high school. Topics: selecting literature, eliciting response, oral interpretation, integrating the language arts, and assessment. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. ENG292 is also recommended.

Professional experience

  • Professor Van Es has taught at the high school and college level for 20 years. She has also written for the Write Source Company and served as a copy editor for 12 books.


  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Iowa Council of Teachers of English