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University Writing Program

University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8581

For AWP Exam Call:
(530) 752-0450

Main Office:
109 Voorhies Hall

(530) 752-0369 phone
(530) 752-5013 fax

Office Hours:

Director: Carl Whithaus
Email: cwwhithaus
Phone: 530-752-0369

Dana Ferris
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Dana Ferris

  • Professor
371 Voorhies

Office Hours: MWF 12:30-1:30 p.m. & by appt.
Phone: (530) 752-0778


  1. Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Southern California
  2. M.A., Linguistics, University of Southern California
  3. M.A., English (emphasis in TESOL), California State University, Sacramento
  4. B.A., English (emphasis in Creative Writing), University of California, Davis


Dana Ferris is Professor and Associate Director for Second Language Writing in the UWP. She oversees lower-division writing courses for ESL students (UWP 21, 22, and 23) and for the Global Studies Program (special sections for international students of UWP 18-19).  She teaches upper-division writing in the disciplines courses, pedagogy courses for writing instructors, and Ph.D. seminars on second language writing and response to student writing.  Dana is also a participating faculty member in the Graduate Group in Education, the Graduate Group in Linguistics, and the Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies.

Dana returned to UC Davis, her undergraduate alma mater, in 2008 after 18 years as Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, where she directed the graduate MA TESOL Program and the ESL writing program.  She has been living in Davis with her family since 1991.

Dana has published many books and chapters in edited volumes. Her books include Writing in a Second Language (2013, Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press), Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition and Writing (2012, Routledge, with John Bitchener); Teaching L2 Composition (3rd Ed. 2014, Routledge) and Teaching Readers of English (2009, Routledge), both with John Hedgcock; Response to Student Writing (2003, Erlbaum); Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing (2nd Ed. 2011, Michigan); and Teaching College Writing to Diverse Student Populations (2009, Michigan). Teaching Readers of English won the 2009 CATESOL David E. Eskey Award.  Also recently published is her first student text, Language Power: Tutorials for Writers, published by Bedford St. Martin's (2014).

Her research has focused extensively on response to student writing and on written corrective feedback in second language writing. Her work has been published in a range of journals including TESOL Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Journal of Second Language Writing, Across the Disciplines, Writing and Pedagogy, TESOL Journal, Assessing Writing, Language Teaching, College English, and CATESOL Journal.  One of her articles won the Best Article of the Year in the Journal of Second Language Writing (1997) and another (2001) was Honorable Mention.

Dana is the Editor in Chief of the newly launched Journal of Response to Writing and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Teaching Research, and New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics.   She has served on the Board of Directors of CATESOL (California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the TESOL Nominating Committee.  She is also a member of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing.

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