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Emeritus Faculty: Kathryn Reisdorfer


B.A., University of Minnesota

M.A., St. Cloud State University

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

At A Glance

Started 1993
Classes Taught American Arts and Ideas I & II, Connections: Capstone Portfolio, Connections: Modern Southwest, Connections: Sports & Society, Connections: Women's History Art Trend, Honors Colloquium I - IV, Humanities in the Western World I & II, Society & Technology, Technology & Human Values, Western Civ II & III
Department Liberal Arts
Retired 2009


Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "Arizona History through Art." The American Art Review. April 2000: 194-205. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "Building Community, Community Buildings: Opera Houses in Early Western Mining Camps." Community Colleges Humanities Review. Spring 2004. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "Charley Hong, Racism, and the Power of the Press in Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1909."Journal of Arizona History.44.2 (2003). p.133-146. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "Days Past."Prescott Daily Courier. Frequent contributor to this column produced by Sharlot Hall Museum. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. Gallery Guide: the Last 100 Years: Arizona History through Art Exhibit: Phippen Museum. Prescott, Ariz: Phippen Museum, 2000. Print

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "In a Moment of Rage: The Ann Hopkins Story." The Jerome Chronicle. Summer 2000. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. The Poet and the Revolution: an examination of the relationship between the politics and biographies of three Russian poets, Boris Pasternak, Alexander Blok, and Vladimir Mayakovshii. MA thesis. Saint Cloud State University, 1987. Print

Reisdorfer, Kathryn H. Seeing Through the Screen: An Examination of Women in Soviet and German Popular Cinema in the Inter-War Years. Diss. University of Minnesota, 1993. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. "Women in the Camps - a look at women in mining camps." The Jerome Chronicle. Fall 2001. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. Yavapai Heritage Roundup: A Guide to Historically Significant Artifacts in Yavapai County. Prescott, Ariz: Yavapai County Library District and Sharlot Hall Museum, 1999. Print.

Reisdorfer, Kathryn. Yavapai Heritage Roundup: A Guide to Historically Significant Artifacts in Yavapai County (2000-2001). Prescott, Ariz: Yavapai County Library District and Sharlot Hall Museum, 2001. Print.

Yavapai College Career

Dr. Kathryn Reisdorfer starting teaching Humanities courses at Yavapai College in 1993. Periodically over the years, she had the opportunity to team-teach a variety of courses with other instructors outside of her discipline.  She retired in 2009 and taught online classes part-time for several years after that.

Throughout her career at YC, Dr. Reisdorfer was active in teaching, committee work, writing, giving presentations to local, state, and national organizations and expanding her own knowledge through study and participation in national seminars.  She was an example to her students of life-long learning and sharing in action.

She was most proud of her work to improve the learning experiences of students whether it was mentoring her own students, coordinating the College Honors Program and mentoring those students, chairing the General Education Committee to revise the Arizona General Education Curriculum which included the addition of a critical thinking requirement, or team teaching with other outstanding faculty members.

Dr. Reisdorfer was chosen to participate in three long-term National Endowment for the Humanities seminars.  The results of those seminars always fed back into her teaching and other work at YC.

Her list of activities and accomplishments below are a testament to her work as an educator.

Committee Work and Other Activities

  • Chaired numerous committees – 2000-2009
  • Chaired the 40th Anniversary Faculty Dinner Planning Committee - 2008
  • College  Honors Program Coordinator – 2000-2006
  • Faculty Association President – 2002-2003
  • Faculty Association Secretary – 2006-2009
  • Faculty Association Senator – 2005-2006
  • Organized and facilitated several workshops on campus:
    • Roundtable: the relationship between the Sciences and Humanities, March 2006
    • YC workshop on Classroom-Based Outcomes Assessment featuring Thomas Angelo, Aug. 1996
    • YC workshops on teaching, Aug. 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Outcomes Assessment Coordinator
  • General Education Coordinator


  • “The Representation of Men as Fathers in Early 20th Century American Literature” Popular Culture Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida, spring 1997
  • “Democratic Manhood: Douglas Fairbanks as Father” Popular Culture Annual National Conference, San Diego, California, 1999
  • “Using Biography to Illuminate History” Community Colleges Humanities Association, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000
  • Yavapai Heritage Roundup at the Arizona Library Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001
  • "Yavapai Heritage Roundup: a recap” presentations at the annual meetings of the Arizona Historical Association and The Museum Association of Arizona, various locations in Arizona, spring  2002
  • Cities and Public Spaces project. American Historical Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, January 2003
  • ”Opera Houses in Mining Camps”
    • Community Colleges Humanities Association, National Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003 
    • Cities and Public Spaces project. Organization of American Historians Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, 2005
    • American Historical Association Annual Convention, Seattle, Washington, 2005
  • Numerous presentations in regional and national conferences on the subject of establishing and measuring student outcomes (as part of her duties as Outcomes Assessment Coordinator)
  • Other speaking engagements in Arizona on a variety of topics 

Professional Service

  • Arizona Humanities Bureau Speaker, 2001-2002
  • Humanities Scholar, Arizona Humanities Commission, 2000-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1998-1999

Community Service

  • CommonBond Communities  - Tutor teens, work with adults on job interview skills, work in computer lab, teach ESL to elders, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Conference, Prescott, Arizona
  • AmeriCorps - Prescott Area Women's Shelter, Prescott, Arizona 
  • Prescott Area Women’s Shelter, Prescott, Arizona  
  • Quixote’s Garage (day-shelter for homeless people), Prescott, Arizona 

Awards and Grants

  • NEH Summer Institute:  The Redemptive West, Huntington Library. Research and study - 2005
  • CCHA/NEH sponsored seminar series on Cities and Public Spaces in Comparative Cultural Contexts. Research and study, Washington, D.C. - 2002-2003
  • Sabbatical leave and travel awards for curriculum development and research, Yavapai College, 2001-02
  • Participant, NEH 6-week Summer Seminar on Literary Biography: fictionality, CUNY, June-July 1996 
  • Professional Development Grants to attend National and Regional Community College Humanities Conferences and historical conferences, Yavapai College, 1994-2006 
  • Various Professional Development Grants for course development and research, Yavapai College, 1993-2001 
  • Hired as a consultant by the Navajo County Library District to inventory artifacts and archival materials in Navajo County. Funding was made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant
  • Hired as a consultant twice by the Yavapai County Library District and the Sharlot Hall Museum to inventory artifacts and archival materials in Yavapai County. Funded in part with funds granted by the Department of Library, Archives and Public Records under the LSTA, State of Arizona

Dr. Reisdorfer was given Emeritus Faculty status in April, 2010.

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