Kathryn L. Isaak

Comparative Arts & Letters

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Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

When I was growing up, I was determined to avoid teaching as a profession and BYU as an institution. God apparently had other plans for me, and I am grateful. Teaching and learning with my students at BYU feels like my true vocation, in both the secular and spiritual sense of the word.


As a Humanities and Writing teacher, I am a confirmed generalist (aka, indecisive). However, I have taken deeper dives into Fin-de-siecle Vienna, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, the Epistles of Paul, the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, Mary Magdalene’s shifting identity in Christianity, Billie Holiday’s music and politics, and art as a vehicle for social justice. So, still basically indecisive, but always learning.

Selected Publications

Coming to Your Senses: An Introduction to the Humanities (co-author)

BYU Online IHUM 101 (co-author/creator)

BYU Online IHUM 202 (primary author, writer, content creator)


BYU isn’t just classrooms; it’s community. Participating in service on campus helps me connect with my BYU community. I have directed the annual German Dept. Adventsingen (Christmas fireside), taught on or co-directed five study abroads, created two online courses, delivered guest lectures, presented at the GE Academy, judged Brimhall Essay Contest submissions, volunteered with Student Alumni, and participated in the Living Faith discussion group.

Citizenship assignments

Member of the General Education Design Committee
Adjunct Liaison for BYU Humanities Adjunct Instructors
Trainer/Supervisor of Humanities Teaching Assistants
Attendee at national Conference on College Composition & Communication
Instructor/Presenter at Writing 150 Training Seminars