- Bachelor of Arts, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1984
- Master of Arts, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 1990
- Masters of Fine Arts, Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran College, 2012
Nancy Boutilier brings experience as a poet, reporter, columnist, and athletic coach to the Rhetoric & Composition Department. She has been teaching composition at the College since 2005. Her versatility has allowed her to teach Journalism courses, a First-Year Seminar “The Literature of War, Resistance, and Reconciliation,” as well as poetry classes in the Creative Writing Department. Most recently, Boutilier has been developing curriculum to enrich of the writing experience of international students on campus.
Boutilier’s two poetry collections, According To Her Contours (1992) and On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone (2000), were both finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. Her writings about sports, politics, literature and culture have appeared in a variety of publications, and she was a columnist for San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter for a number of years.
A former collegiate athlete, Boutilier serves as the Faculty Athletic Advisor for the OC Softball team. She is a faculty representative on the Student Union Board, and along with her rock band, Backbone, she helps to produce the Feline Riot every spring.