Center for Collaboration and Development

Changes in USM’s First-year College Writing Courses

March 12, 2014
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Faculty Commons, 3rd Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

USM Students Reading and Writing

Beginning in fall 2014, USM will be offering a revised college writing course.

How will your department adjust its offerings to take this change into account?

How do you develop your students’ reading and writing as they move through the major?

This session will present the new college writing course in the context of research on college students’ reading and writing across the country.  What does it mean, for instance, that 40% of USM students spend less than 10 hours a week doing homework or studying (NSSE)?  Researchers are developing a detailed picture of how students use sources, how they move from screen to print and back again, and how they make choices among genres of reading and writing. Considering our students in this context, we will discuss teaching and curricular strategies for working with student reading and writing at USM.


Wednesday, March 12

11:00 to 12:30pm

Faculty Commons 3rd Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus



Ann Dean Ann Dean, Associate Professor of English

Ann Dean is Associate Professor of English and Director of College Writing at the University of Southern Maine. She works in both eighteenth-century literature and composition. In both fields, she is interested in how institutions shape individuals' reading and writing practices. She is the author of The Talk of the Town: Figurative Publics in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Bucknell UP, 2007). Her current research project examines choice and agency as imagined and practiced by first-year writing students at USM. She teaches first-year writing and courses in academic writing, eighteenth century literature, literacy theory, and writing pedagogy. As Director of College Writing, Dean provides the English Department with disciplinary knowledge in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies. She coordinates course practices, instruction, and outcomes assessment.


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