Kathleen Saville is Associate Chair and Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (AUC). She has a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, a MATEFL from St. Michael’s College, Vermont and a MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine. She teaches nonfiction and travel writing and in the core curriculum. Her background in tutoring and directing the writing center at AUC led her to recently develop and teach a capstone course to train undergraduates as peer tutors. She enjoys curriculum development and has created several tandem courses for the Freshmen Year Experience along with her own “Exploring the Human Spirit Through Extreme Situations” course, which is based on personal experience.
In addition to teaching at AUC, Kathleen enjoys facilitating creative writing and teacher-training workshops for the US Department of State. Her work has taken her to Ukraine, Cameroon, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan and most recently, Pakistan. Working with economically disadvantaged Afghans and Pakistanis to write their life stories as personal essays has been a highlight of Kathleen’s teaching career.
Kathleen is excited about getting back on the water with Semester at Sea. In the early 1980s, she traveled via passenger freighter to several of the upcoming ports to begin her ocean-rowing voyages across the Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans with her late husband. Her recently published memoir, Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey (Arcade Publishing, 2017) tells the story of her rowing years aboard their homemade rowboat, Excalibur.