Jessica Ketcham photo Jessica Ketcham, PhD


Dr. Jessica Ketcham is a tenured faculty member in English and Humanities at Cascadia College. She has taught college classes in the fields of Rhetoric & Composition; Cultural Studies; Gender Studies; Human-Centered Design & Human-Computer Interaction; Technical Communication; and Film and Media Studies for almost 20 years. At Cascadia, she has held leadership positions such as Arts and Humanities Division Chair, Interim Associate Dean of STEM, English Department Chair, Chair of Integrated Learning, and currently serves as UX Lead for the Guided Pathways Design & Implementation. Prior to Cascadia, Jessica taught Rhetoric and Composition and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University where she was also the Programs and Curriculum Coordinator for the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She earned her PhD in English (Rhetoric, Writing, and Cultural Studies) with doctoral minors in Women's and Gender Studies, in Communication Studies, and in Curriculum and Instruction from LSU. She also holds a graduate certificate in Human-Centered Design from University of Washington. 

Her current research, grounded in medical rhetorics and disability studies, explores the cultural consumption, manipulation, and production of skin and other organs, specifically focusing on technological, literary, and medical discourses of 3D-printed transplants, artificial pancreases, post-mastectomy breast reconstructions. She's also working on a collection of autotheory essays, rooted in feminist and queer theories of hybrid writing. Jessica has published articles, chapters, and delivered numerous national presentations about inclusive design; gender and higher education; integrative learning; media representations of social protests; cross-disciplinary pedagogical practices; and digital media in the classroom.

In the local community, Jessica serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair in the Shoreline School District and as a member of the Seattle Children’s Celiac Disease Program Advisory Board.

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