Brett Kolles is a full-time English instructor in the General Education department. He also serves as the DCTC Campus Lions Club faculty advisor. Brett has a master's degree in English, a master's certificate in business communications and a B.A. in journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
Brett has lectured on the topic of college students on the autism spectrum at annual conferences of the Autism Society and DCTC TRiO. He has also presented at several literary conferences, including:
- Victorian Conference at Yale University
- Arts and Humanities Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Victorian Conference in Richmond, Va.
- Humanities Conference at Northern Illinois University
In 2005, he won the University of St. Thomas Fellowship Award. He served as a contributing writer for the book, Management Lessons by Shakespeare, in June 2009. He published The Commoditization of Oscar Wilde in April 2010.
"Students learn best when they are engaged," Brett said, regarding his teaching philosophy. "I try to marry fun and humor with academic rigor in the classroom."
As for the best part of his job as a DCTC instructor, Brett enjoys the atmosphere at the college. "DCTC has an invigorating campus because we embrace fresh ideas, new technology and creative pedagogical approaches to teaching."
Brett's hobbies include reading, writing, Victorian studies, downhill skiing, traveling and racquetball.
- Brett Kolles