Northeastern Writing Program: Faculty Research, Awards, and News

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The Northeastern Writing Program is a nationally recognized writing program, awarded a Conference on College Composition & Communication Certificate of Excellence in 2015 for “a deep commitment to honoring students’ literate experiences” and being “at the forefront of both writing research and pedagogical innovation.”

Our faculty publish works in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and are also active researchers in writing across the curriculum, multilingualism, community writing, social justice, empirical studies, writing center studies, and more.

Learn more about our award-winning faculty and browse our news archive to learn more.

Recent News

Cara Marta Messina (PhD ’21) wins Kairos Teaching Award

Cara Marta Messina (Ph.D. ’21) has won the Kairos Teaching Award for 2019 from the online journal, Kairos. Recognized as one of the top online journals in rhetoric, writing studies, and digital humanities, Kairos publishes bi-annually and reaches an audience of 45,000 readers per month around the world. Each year, Kairos recognizes three graduate students and/or adjuncts with…
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Laura Beerits receives COE Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Engineering Students Award

Assistant Teaching Professor of English Laura Beerits was selected to receive the College of Engineering (COE) Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Engineering Students Award. Awardees are chosen from departments who teach COE first-year students. Beerits received the award for her teaching in First-Year Writing courses. She will be honored with other 2019 College of Engineering Outstanding…
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Aaron Block awarded CSSH 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Award

Associate Teaching Professor Aaron Block has been selected for a CSSH 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Award. Congratulations, Aaron!   From the announcement:   “With this award, the college recognizes Aaron Block as an exceptional teacher whose student-centered course design, assignments, and assessment practices epitomize writing as a social activity. By working together to identify goals, create rubrics,…
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Ellen Cushman elected Chair of the Coalition for Community Writing

In March 2019, Professor Ellen Cushman was elected Chair of the Coalition for Community Writing (CCW). CCW is an international organization of scholars, writers, educators, students, activists, and community organizers, which provides resources, consultation, and partnership to its members in order to foster successful community writing initiatives. Professor Cushman has been on the board since the Coalition…
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NU English at 2019 CCCC #4c19​

Northeastern University will be well-represented at the upcoming 2019 CCCC Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. For the full CCCC schedule, click here. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Research W.07 Co-Exploring International Writing Research and Rehearsing Scholarly Performances Sponsored by the International Researchers Consortium Christine K. Donahue (MA ’90), Chair Writing Pedagogies and Processes AW.12 Teach It Like…
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Cecelia Musselman: Science Writing & Wikipedia

Associate Teaching Professor | Writing Program & English Department

For several years, Cecelia Musselman has been working with the Wiki Education Foundation to connect the work of her undergraduate science writers to the world's largest platform of open-access reference materials. In her courses, students pursue research topics through literature reviews and research papers and later "translate" them into Wikipedia pages.

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Sarah Finn: Service-Learning in FYW and AWD

Associate Teaching Professor | Writing Program & English Department

Sarah Finn's doctoral research involved studying the interrelations between student activism and writing processes. She has taught both First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines as service-learning courses where her students participate in community groups and engage in those experiences by delving into research, field-work, data collection, and reflective writing.

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