Each year the Department invites a nationally recognized scholar to teach an intensive course in his or her area of expertise. Dr. Paul Prior of University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign is scheduled to lead the 2013 Summer Scholars course titled, "Writing, Disciplinarity, and English: A Global Perspective." The week-long intensive course is slated for June 10-14, and runs from 9am - 4pm daily.
Paul Prior is Professor of English and Professor and Director of the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In a series of situated studies that draw on theoretical frameworks from cultural-historical activity theory and dialogic semiotics, Paul has explored connections among writing, reading, talk, learning, and disciplinarity. Prior’s current projects study the writing process as dispersed, embodied, and situated literate activity and research that traces the remediation of an interactive online art object. Prior has taught English in Saudi Arabia, directed the first-year writing course at Illinois, and led Writing-Across-the-Curriculum workshops over 700 faculty and 1200 teaching assistants at Illinois.
Globally, English—as language and discipline—has been playing increasingly central roles across a wide range of fields, although some trends suggest the dominance of English in many disciplinary forums is also being challenged. Writing remains central to all aspects of disciplinarity, serving key roles in individuals' trajectories of learning, in institutional assessments of competence and value, and in disciplinary communication. This course examines theory and research on the connections among writing, disciplinarity, and English in global contexts.
2013 Summer Scholar, Dr. Paul Prior, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
2012 Summer Scholar, Dr. Heather Dubrow, Fordham University
2011 Summer Scholar, Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, University of North Dakota.
2010 Summer Scholar, Dr. Malea Powell, Michigan State University.
2009 Summer Scholar, Dr. Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan.