I came to Drake in 1996, after earning my Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. I write fiction and non-fiction for adults and children under the name Carol Roh Spaulding, which blends my Korean and European heritage.
At Drake, I teach courses in fiction writing (the short story and longer forms), American multicultural literature and Asian American literature, writing for children, social justice writing, and service writing. Recent areas of interest include community publishing, in which students collaborate with area non-profit groups to produce publications that support awareness and advocacy on social issues.
My courses attempt to bridge some of the approaches of literary study and critical theory with those of the creative writing classroom. I especially enjoy working with advanced writing students pursuing independent projects in creative writing, serving as editorial advisor for student publications, and creating writing opportunities for students outside the traditional classroom through the department’s Writing Internship Program.