Dana Ferris is Professor and Associate Director for ESL in the UWP. She teaches upper-division writing courses, pedagogy courses, English Grammar, 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 and is the current Coordinator of the Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies (wracs.ucdavis.edu).
Dana came to UC Davis, her undergraduate alma mater, in 2008 after 18 years as Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, where at various times she directed the graduate MA TESOL Program and the ESL writing program. She has been living in Davis with her family since 1991.
Dana is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Second Language Writing (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-second-language-writing) and was the founding Editor of the Journal of Response to Writing (http://journalrw.org/index.php/jrw). She was previously an Associate Editor of the TESOL Quarterly. She has served on the Board of Directors of CATESOL (California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the TESOL Nominating Committee and was also a member of the CCCC Standing Committee on Second Language Writing.
B.A. University of California, Davis--English/Creative Writing, minor in Political Science (with honors)
M.A. California State University, Sacramento--English/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
M.A. University of Southern California, Linguistics
Ph.D. University of Southern California, Applied Linguistics
Dean's Honors List, UC Davis
Outstanding Alumni Award, California State University, Sacramento
Dean's Fellowship, University of Southern California
Best Article Award, Journal of Second Language Writing (winner, 1997; honorable mention, 2001)
President's Award for Scholarly Achievement (three-time finalist), California State University, Sacramento
Outstanding Teaching Award (three-time finalist), California State University, Sacramento
David E. Eskey Memorial Award (given by California TESOL) for Teaching Readers of English (co-authored with John Hedgcock)
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). Her first student text, Language Power: Tutorials for Writers was published by Bedford St. Martin's (2014). http://www.amazon.com/Dana-Ferris/e/B001IU0MAE. She has also co-authored and edited custom textbooks for the UWP ESL program every year starting in 2015.
Her research has focused generally on teaching second language readers and writers and specifically on response to student writing and 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.