Dr. Christina L. Fisanick

Associate Professor

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance



Christina Fisanick, Ph.D. is an associate professor of English. She specializes in writing and rhetoric, creative non-fiction, digital storytelling, and Appalachian literature. Dr. Fisanick spends half her teaching time in the University Honors Program. She is working on a book for Routledge Press about her ongoing collaboration with the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.   


Honors and Awards

  • 2016 West Liberty University Alumni Hall of Fame
  • 2016 West Liberty University Commencement Speaker
  • 2016 West Liberty University Honor Doctorate
  • 2010 Faculty Professional Development Council Merit Award for Technology, PennWest California


  • Online Teaching Certification, 2014
  • Teaching Digital Storytelling Certificate, University of Colorado, Denver, May 2011
  • Quality Circle Grant Reviewer Certification, PASSHE Level, September 2009


Select Publications

  • with Robert Stakeley. Digital Storytelling and Public History: A Guidebook for Educators. Routledge Press, December 2020.
  • The Optimistic Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder. MSI Press, 2016.


  • "Rejecting Weight Loss as an Imperative for Recovery from Binge Disorder," Embodied
    Resistance, Vol. 2, Vanderbilt UP, 2018. (In Process)
  • "Telling 'My Story': Revisiting the Autobiographical Essay in the Composition Classroom,"
    The CEA Forum 36.2 (Summer/Fall 2007).
  • "'They are weighted with authority': Fat Professor's Bodies in Academic and Popular
    Cultures," Feminist Teacher 17.3 (2007): 237-55.
  • "'The uncanny stranger on display': Female Professor's Bodies at Tenure and Promotion,"
    Professional Studies Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Special Issue: Women and
    Minorities in the Profession, 3.1 (2006): 44-54.
  • "Evaluating the Absent Presence: The Professor's Body at Tenure and Promotion" The
    Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Special Issue: The Pedagogy of
    the Teacher's Body, 28.3-4 (2006): 325-38.
  • B.A.: West Liberty University
  • M.A., Ph.D.: Ohio University

Email: fisanick@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-1690

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 219