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Associate Dean

University of Central Oklahoma


Matt Hollrah is the Associate Dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies and the University College. He is also a tenured professor of English.

Hollrah’s scholarly work is focused on English composition pedagogy and creative writing. His work has appeared in the minnesota reviewREADER, and the edited collection Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Authentic, Autonomous Author. He is also the author of two online composition textbooks published by Great River Learning entitled So What? and Now What? His poetry has been published in ParabolaSwansea ReviewSoundings ReviewThis Land, and the anthology Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing, among others. He also serves on the creative writing advisory panel for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Hollrah is a past recipient of the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award, Vanderford Teaching Award, and the College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Teaching. He also served as director of first-year composition, co-chair of the Provost’s Gen Ed Action Team, a UCO HLC QI Institutional Learning Outcomes Framework Team Member, a UCO AAC&U Persistence & Completion Academy Team Member, co-chair of the Oklahoma Academic Standards Writing Committee for English Language Arts, and an English content expert for Complete College America. He also serves on the peer review board for InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching.

He lives with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Sadie and Simon, in Edmond.

Education and Certifications

B.A. in English, Oklahoma State University (1995)

M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry), Western Michigan University (2000)

Ph.D. in English, University of Kansas (2005)

Classes Taught

ENG 1113: English Composition

ENG 1213: English Composition and Research

ENG 2303: English Cornerstone

ENG 4263: Literary Criticism

ENG 4473/5473: Advanced Composition

ENG 4723/5723: Composition Pedagogies

ENG 4893: English Capstone

ENG 4970/5970: British Isles Study Tour

ENG 5533: Teaching Methods for Teaching Assistants

ENG 5601: Composition & Rhetoric Portfolio

ENG 5783: Composition Theory and Research

ENG 5990: Thesis

CSDY 3573: Fundamentals of Creative Writing I

CSDY 3583: Fundamentals of Creative Writing II

CSDY 4353/5353: Creating the Poem


Swansea@UCO Doctoral Project Supervision

John Granger, J.K. Rowling's Literary Alchemy

Jessica Salmans, Hans Hinkel and the Nazi Propaganda Machine (creative non-fiction)

Brian Jacobs, Homocaust: Rhizomatic Poetics and Pilgrimage (poetry)

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