As a scholar in Writing Studies, much of the administrative work that I do crosses the boundary between “service” and “scholarship.”  Directing a university-wide Writing Program, for example, requires constant research and assessment of local contexts, as well as knowledge of national research and best practices.  In 1987, the Conference on College Composition and Communication published a Position Statement on “Scholarship in Composition.” Among the types of scholarly productivity recognized by this academic discipline are: curriculum design, workshops and faculty development, and pedagogical/practical applications.  (See: “Scholarship in Composition: Guidelines for Faculty, Deans, and Department Chairs.”)

In addition to my usual university service (departmental, college, and university committee work), I have had the opportunity to pursue substantial administrative-scholarly projects.

Writing Program Administration

I  served as Director of Composition for most of the years between 2004 and 2016; I returned to this position in Fall 2018.  Selected administrative-scholarly activities for that period are:

  • Fall 2005: Transition to and implementation of the SAGES writing-intensive curriculum
  • Spring 2005: Writing pedagogy website launched
  • Fall 2006: Curriculum redesign for ENGL 398: Professional Communication for Engineers
  • Spring 2008: Writing Fellows seminar (semester-long seminar for faculty across the College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Fall 2008: Curriculum & assessment redesign for ENGL 398: Professional Communication for Engineers
  • Spring 2009: Implementation of annual Writing Program assessment via SAGES Writing Portfolios
  • Spring 2015: Significant revision of Portfolio assessment practices
  • Fall 2015: Implementation of SAGES Writing Rubric
  • Spring 2016: Curriculum redesign for ENGL 398: Professional Communication for Engineers
  • Fall 2018: SAGES & Writing Program Leadership Committee formed to integrate programs

For the latest developments in the Writing Program, please visit:

University Assessment & Curriculum Design

  • From 2009-present, I have worked with my Writing Program colleagues to develop our Writing Portfolio programmatic assessment practices.
  • From 2016-2018, I was served as Chair of the Provost’s Commission on the Undergraduate Experience.  For the full charge to that Commission, please visit:
  • From 2018-2020, I served as the Writing Program representative to the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Undergraduate Education (FSCUE) subcommittee on General Education

Research & Community Collaborations