Kimberly Athans, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Kimberly Athans joined the School of Education faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2017. She began her teaching career as a tutor in the writing center at The University of San Diego, where she studied English and education, and where she obtained her teaching credential in 1996. In her twenty years in public education, she has taught middle school language arts in Las Vegas, and AP/IB English, journalism, ninth grade English, and literacy academy for struggling readers in California. Prior to returning to San Diego, she taught dual credit English, and English grades 10-12 at The Woodlands High School, as well as composition and rhetoric courses for Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas. Her research interests are in literacy, teaching writing, and the legacy of the National Writing Project.  


  • Ed.D. (literacy), Sam Houston State University
  • M.A. English, University of Houston
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, literacy, University of San Diego
  • B.A. English, University of San Diego

Courses Taught

  • Teaching Reading & Writing to Secondary Students
  • General Methods for Secondary Teachers
  • Methods of Teaching Reading & Writing
  • Clinical Practice Seminar
  • Advanced Literacy Assessment, Instruction, & Intervention
  • Curriculum Development, Innovation, & Evaluation
  • Content Specific Pedagogy for Secondary Teachers
  • Foundations of Education & Learning Theory

Experience in Field

  • Legacy of the National Writing Project
  • Best practices teaching writing
  • Literacy practices in secondary education
  • Teaching composition & rhetoric
  • Preservice teachers writing experiences

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Character Education Resource Center Advisory Committee, University of San Diego
  • National Writing Project Fellow/Teacher Consultant
  • American Educational Research Association
  • California Association of Teachers of English
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
  • Textbook and Academic Authors Association
  • University Supervisor, PLNU

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • National Writing Project Fellows' Perceptions of Themselves as Writers and as Teachers of Writing (2018)
  • A Red Balloon Tied to an Anchor, California English (2019)
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, English in Texas (2016)
  • Using Academic Notebooks in Doctoral Writing: An Investigation of Doctoral Students’ and Instructors’ Perceptions (2016)