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Professor Dana Lynn Driscoll to Give Keynote Talk For 2015 Teaching Workshops

Professor Dana Lynn Driscoll will be the keynote speaker for the Department of English’s 2015 Teaching Workshops.  On Thursday, August 13th, from 1:00-2:00pm, Driscoll will give a talk entitled”Writing Transfer and METACOGNITION as Frameworks for Success in College Writing and Beyond,” in 1210 McClung Tower.  Professor Driscoll’s talk will be followed by a workshop on “Fostering Metacognitive Awareness for First Year Writing and Writing Transfer,” from 2:15-3:45pm, in the same location.

Two of the most critical questions teachers of writing face today are how students transfer knowledge and skills gained in first-year writing (FYW) to other contexts and how to best teach for writing transfer. This presentation will explore some of what happens to FYW knowledge by drawing upon research from two data sets: a two-year, multi-institutional study of writing transfer (The Writing Transfer Project) and a five-year longitudinal study of fifteen college writers. Drawing on these two data sets, Professor Driscoll will emphasize the role that metacognition plays in subsequent writing transfer and learning development.

Dr. Dana Driscoll is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the Composition and TESOL Ph.D. faculty. Her scholarly interests include writing transfer, empirical/mixed research methodologies, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and writing centers. Her work has appeared in journals such as Computers and Composition, Composition Forum, Writing Center Journal, Writing Program Administration, and Teaching and Learning Inquiry. Her co-authored article won the International Writing Center Association’s 2012 Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Dr. Driscoll is currently part of the Writing Transfer Project, a multi-institutional research team conducting a mixed-methods, longitudinal study to evaluate the effectiveness of a reflective, metacognitive approach to writing instruction. She also serves on the Executive Board of CCCC. Dr. Driscoll holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University.

The English Department’s Annual Teaching Workshops are an important factor in our writing program being nationally recognized with a CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence award. For those who are new to UTK, these workshops provide an introduction to our program and to the departmental context in which it is situated. For our returning graduate students and lecturers, the workshops provide a chance to renew and share information and to learn about innovative approaches to teaching writing.

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