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