Trish Serviss' Book Points of Departure Published by Utah State University Press

Points of Departure encourages a return to empirical research about writing, presenting a wealth of transparent, reproducible studies of student sources. The volume shows how to develop methods for coding and characterizing student texts, their choice of source material, and the resources used to teach information literacy. Chapters report on research projects at different stages and across institution types—from pilot to multi-site, from community college to research university—focusing on the methods and artifacts employed.

Scott Herring's Essay Published in the Journal Western American Literature

            Scott Herring’s essay, “When the Water Meets the Road: The Return of the Westslope Cutthroat,” was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Western American Literature. The essay tells the story of Herring’s hunt for a rare and extraordinarily elusive fish hidden in the backcountry in Yellowstone National Park. The photograph of the fish on the University Writing Program website is a photo of the very same fish described in the journal, a westslope cutthroat trout, just before it swam away.


Marit MacArthur Receives NEH Grant for Sound Recordings Archives

Marit MacArthur is a co-leader of a sound recordings archiving project that has received a $75,000 NEH grant. The project focuses on developing open-source tools for scholars to mine new knowledge from archives of sound recordings, including Orson Welles' radio plays, the Talking Book collection for the blind, and thousands of hours of poets reading their works.  


Jillian Azevedo Publishes Tastes of the Empire: Foreign Foods in Seventeenth Century England

Jillian Azevedo has published the book Tastes of the Empire: Foreign Foods in Seventeenth Century EnglandTastes of the Empire examines "body and mind" consumerism of the early British Empire through the exotic presentations of foreign foods in popular culture in 17th Century England. The McFarland link to the book is

Melissa Bender Presents on "WAC Practices for Inclusive Education" at the Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference in Geelong, Australia

Melissa Bender presented on "WAC Practices for Inclusive Education" at the Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference in Geelong, Australia on November 2, 2017.


WOE published collected interviews with rhet-comp scholars

Teachers on the Edge: The WOE Interviews, 1989–2017 collects the voices of 39 significant figures in modern writing studies, forming an accessible survey of the modern history of rhetoric and composition. This remarkable group of teachers and scholars tell the stories of their influences and interests, with scholarly introductions that trace their varied contributions to the field.  Invaluable for writing students, writing teachers, and scholars of writing studies.


Rebekka Andersen Chairs SIGDOC 2017 and Presents Workshops on State of Education in Technical Communication

Image of Banner for SIGDOC 2017 Website

In August, Rebekka Andersen chaired SIGDOC 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication Conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. SIGDOC 2017 featured keynotes by Dr. Karel Vredenburg, lead designer at IBM, and Rigo award winner Dr. Karen Schriver, President of KSA Communication Design & Research, and author of the foundational text Dynamics in Document Design.