Amy MacKrell

Amy MacKrell, PhD, MA, MSE
(515) 643-6795

Office Location

Office Hours
By Appointment

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

Year Started at Mercy College: 2012

  • Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)


  • PhD, University of South Dakota (2008)
  • MSE, Drake University (2017)
  • MA, Oregon State University (1996)
  • BA, Grand View College (1992)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Composition 101 & 102
  • Literature & Medicine
  • Young Adult Literature and Medicine
  • African American Literature
  • Hum 120: Introduction to Film


  • Certified Myers-Briggs Administrator

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Literature and Medicine as Tool for Empathy Building
  • Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry)

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Pushcart Prize Nominee 2012 for short story "Walk Fast, Look Worried" from All The Livelong Day: Motif Anthologies, Volume 3.

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA)
  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

Favorite Quote

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. --Robert Frost

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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