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Amanda Choutka
CAS | Literature
Hurst Hall 112B
TF, 11:15-12:30pm,
Th., 2:30-4:30pm,
and by appointment; please email me for one.
Additional Positions at AU
Working with Washington Faculty Fellow with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement
STEP College Writing Instructor 2012-2017, 2020-2024
Community-Based Research Scholars (Fall 2014 and 2015)
B.A. in English, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Favorite Spot on Campus
3rd floor of the AU Library, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (MGC 273)
Amanda Choutka holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Dickinson College. She is working on a novel.

Amanda Choutka's teaching and research interests include the rhetoric of community engagement and activism, research literacy, first generation college students, service-learning, community-based learning and research, social justice, social media activism, and teaching students with disabilities/disabled students. She has formal training in working with students with disabilities and has worked extensively with the Academic Support and Access Center and the Learning Services program. She's also a Working with Washington Faculty Fellow who works on supporting community-based learning and research with The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.

Before graduate school, she worked for Horton's Kids, a comprehensive afterschool program that serves children in Wellington Park in Ward 8.

She teaches in the Writing Studies Program and has been teaching a community-based and service-learning WRTG 101 for 12 years. She has partnered with local community partners such as Horton's Kids, Martha's Table, THRIVE DC, D.C. Reads, JumpStart, KidPower, D.C. Central Kitchen, and Iona Senior Services.

She won the Community Engagement Award from Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic in 2020 and the Karin Walser Commitment to Service Award from Horton's Kids in 2022.
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.


Spring 2024

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Doing Better at Doing Good

  • CORE-194 Comm Service Learning Project: Doing Better At Doing Good

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-103 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-194 Comm Service Learning Project: College Writing Seminar

Summer 2024

  • WRT-025 STEP Pre-College Writing Sem

Fall 2024

  • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: Doing Better At Doing Good

  • WRT-100 College Writing

  • WRT-100 College Writing