Each year the Department invites a nationally recognized scholar to teach an intensive course in his or her area of expertise.
Course Title: "Classroom Writing Assessment and Antiracist Composition Pedagogy"
Dr. Asao B. Inoue
Associate Professor, Director of University Writing, Director of Writing Center
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington-Tacoma
Dr. Inoue does research that investigates racism in writing assessments (e.g. writing programs, writing placement, etc.), which includes classroom writing assessments. About half of his work is theoretical, while the other half is empirical in nature. He has published articles and chapters on validity, classroom writing assessment, grading contracts, assessment as rhetoric, reflection practices, and failure in writing assessments, among other things. In the past, he’s also studied the Hmong racial formation and their writing and reflection practices at Fresno State. “My teaching has always been very important to me. It is the place from which all my research springs. I enjoy teaching writing classes of all stripes, including first-year writing and writing in the major courses. My favorite courses to teach are the first year writing courses. The center of all my courses is the grading contract and our community-developed assessment processes and expectations.” – Asao Inoue
Recent Honors, Awards, and Publications
* 2016-17 CCCC Assistant Chair
* Co-edited special issue of College English on Writing Assessment as Social Justice
* Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2015.
* 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship in Writing Program Administration
* “Theorizing Failure in US Writing Assessments.” Research in the Teaching of English 48. 3 (February 2014): 330-52.
* 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication's Outstanding Book Award for an Edited Collection
* 2012-13 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
* Race and Writing Assessment (2012) won the CCCC's Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection.
English 758: Topics in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture (3 credits)
June 12-16, 2017 @ daily from 9am-4pm in Minard 302
This grad course will explore the nature of classroom writing assessment (broadly conceived) and its relationship to antiracist projects and writing pedagogies in college classrooms. Students will discuss theory and practices from several disciplines (race theory, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, intersectionality, Marxian and critical theory, and composition theory), theorize their own classroom practices, and design an antiracist writing assessment practice of their own.
Course Reading: Lots of great stuff. To be announced.
Past Summer Scholars:
2016 Summer Scholar, Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2015 Summer Scholar, Dr. Blake Scott, University of Central Florida
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.