Kimberly Balding (M.A., Belmont University) is a Lecturer in the English department. She teaches First-Year Writing, Third-Year Writing, First Year Seminar, Special Topics, and writing courses (Travel Writing and Third Year Writing) through Belmont’s Study Abroad program. Two of Professor Balding’s interests include the process of writing and the research and study of the Irish culture and Irish literature (often her course themes) and, of course, the points of intersection between the two. During the summer, she leads a study abroad group to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, visiting cities such as Dublin, Belfast, and Galway. Her Irish interests have inspired her to learn to read and write Gaelic. She encourages her students to find the beauty and the power of the written word in all genres. Dia Duit!