Park University Faculty

Profile - Virginia Brackett


  • Degrees in medical technology; business; and English
  • Professional writer and college professor in English for more than 25 years, including online course design
  • Service as Great Plains Honors Conference President Elect and Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Director, Park University Honors Academy; Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages; Director, Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series; Director, Poetry at Park; Park University prestigious domestic student scholarships and Campus Compact representative
  • Author of 15 books and more than 140 articles and stories for children, young adults, and adults
  • Publication Honors from Booklist/Editor’s Choice; the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association; Pennsylvania School Library Association; Tristate (Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Delaware) Books of Note; New York Public Library Catalog of Recommended Reading for Teens



  • Select Professional Awards: 2014 Park University Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, 2013 Park University Faculty Member of the Year for Exceptional Services to Student Veterans; 2011 Missouri Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year Award; 2010 Park University Distinguished Humanities Professor; 2010 Pittsburgh State University (Pittsburgh, KS) Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Grant funding recipient from National Endowment for the Arts; Illinois Arts Council; Missouri Arts Council; Mid-America Arts; Missouri Campus Compact; Francis Family Foundation
  • Community Partnerships in support of the Arts: ArtsKC; PREP-KC; "Envision Arts and Culture KC" Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts;Poetry for Personal Power / Human Hand Wordworks; Regional Coordinator – National Endowment for the Arts and Missouri Arts Council Poetry Out Loud, 2008-2011
  • Regular speaker; conference presenter; academic reviewer; and creative writing and service learning work shop leader