Dr. Jillian Wenburg

Dr. Jillian Wenburg
Assistant Professor


  • Writing & composition 
  • Twentieth century American literature 
  • Literature of the West 
  • History of the American west 


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, English and History with a focus on American literature and history, 2015
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, English Literature, 2006
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, English Language and Literature, 2005


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About Dr. Jillian Wenburg

Jillian Wenburg is an assistant professor of English at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2011 and teaches composition and Honors courses. Her areas of specialty include writing, composition, rhetoric, twentieth century American literature, Western literature, and the history of the American west. She serves as a writing coach for the Teacher Education M.A. Program at Fort Lewis College and proudly served as mentor to many undergraduate students. Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Wenburg taught as a graduate teaching instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an adjunct instructor at Central Community College in Kearney, Nebraska, and an adjunct at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She also started and developed her own website and publication design firm.
Wenburg presents frequently at conferences and has received numerous travel grants and awards to support her work. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Studies Association, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, Modern Language Association, College English Association, American Historical Association, American Culture Association, and the Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association.


Educating Through Popular CultureOn March 1, 2017, Dr. Jillian Wenburg published “Meditation: Mediating the Writing Process,” in Educating through Popular Culture: You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics, edited by Edward Janak and Ludovic A. Sourdot, Lexington Books. 

In "Mediatation: Mediating the Writing Process," Dr. Wenburg focuses on how college students can benefit from mindful meditation practices to facilitate writing abilities and assist with daily college living. Meditative practices provide integral tools for the completion of writing projects; incorporating these practices into the classroom can help students overcome struggles with understanding to complete the writing process. Elements of mindful meditation reduce writing process anxiety and allow students the chance to engage with the process, rather than fear it.  Several key mindfulness tips can help students in pre-writing: how to better engage in peer workshopping, identify writing environments, and how to achieve success over the mind monster of writer’s block. Integrating, as well as teaching, these mindful meditative techniques will be imperative for teaching mindfulness. Positive classroom models allow students to practice effectively during writing or study time. This project proposes the benefits of teaching mindfulness practices and demonstrates effective teaching strategies. It encourages teachers to help students to look at the act and process of writing itself as a meditation. The chapter provides detail of the process of both the workshop and classroom integration tools with supplemental materials included. Ultimately, this project will ground readers with an understanding of meditation as well as how to apply it specifically for a composition or writing based classroom.

Selected publications and presentations 

“Meditation: Mediating the Writing Process,” in Educating through Popular Culture: You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics, edited by Edward Janak and Ludovic A. Sourdot, Lexington Books, March 1, 2017

“Constructing Women: Well-knit Bone and Nerve; Androgyny and Activism on the Great Plains,” Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Conference, Chadron, NE, 2015 

“How to Train the Grading ‘Dragon’: Synthesizing Technological Tools to Facilitate Grading,” Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First Year Composition, 2015 

“Meditation: Mediating the Writing Process,” Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015 

“Weaving Barbed Wire Tales,” College English Association, Indianapolis, IN, 2015 

“Stoking while Stalking: Sandoz Increases Awareness While ‘Stalking the Ghost of Crazy Horse,’” Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Chicago, IL, 2014 

“Barely Legal: Call Girls and Cattle Thieves – Nebraska Plains Law and Justice in Slogum House,” American Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012 

In the news

Assistant Professor of English Jillian Wenburg presented "Mari Sandoz Writing (Righting) History," about the author of Cheyenne Autumn, at the Decatur County Museum, in Oberlin, Kansas. [8/29/18]