Title: Associate Professor
Office: 309 O'Dowd Hall
Dr. Dana Lynn Driscoll is a graduate from the Composition and Rhetoric Ph.D. program at Purdue University with secondary areas in empirical research methods and writing program administration. She also holds an M.A. in Linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook and a B.A. in English with minors from California University of Pennsylvania. Dana’s research interests include learning transfer, perceptions and attitudes towards writing, writing program administration, first-year writing, writing assessment, research methods, writing across the curriculum, teacher training, and technology and writing. Dana's dissertation examined the role of student perceptions and attitudes in the transfer of writing knowledge in first-year composition courses. She argues that to teach for transfer effectively, instructors must encourage students to better understand future writing contexts and expand student’s definitions of writing. Her recent publications include "Composition Studies, Professional Writing, and Empirical Research: A Skeptical View" in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and "Praxis and Allies: The WPA Board Game in Writing Program Administration (with T. Sura, J. Wells, M. Shoen, and C. Elder). She is also the recent recipient of the 2008 Graduate Writing Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (along with her co-authors listed above). Dana currently is the Conference College Composition and Communication (CCCC) MemberWeb Editor and previously worked as a content manager and webmaster of the world-famous Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
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