Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places
Chris Thaiss, Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha
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Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places
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Edited by Chris Thaiss, Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha. Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

Emerging from the International WAC/WID Mapping Project, this collection of essays is meant to inform decision-making by teachers, program managers, and college/university administrators considering how writing can most appropriately be defined, managed, funded, and taught in the places where they work. Writing Programs Worldwide offers an important global perspective to the growing research literature in the shaping of writing programs. The authors of its program profiles show how innovators at a diverse range of universities on six continents have dealt creatively over many years with day-to-day and long-range issues affecting how students across disciplines and languages grow as communicators and learners.

In these profiles, we see teachers and researchers relying on colleagues and on transnational scholarship to build initiatives that are both well suited to their specific environments and can serve as regional and often global models. Their struggles and achievements offer insights to colleagues in similar locales and across borders who seek to establish, enhance, and assess their own work as designers of writing programs.

An introduction and three section essays by the editors illuminate themes that inform this collection. Growing networks of initiators and scholars and survey results from the International WAC/WID Mapping Project exemplify the argument of this collection for transnational exchange and collaboration.

About the Editors

Chris Thaiss is Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. Gerd Bräuer directs the distance-learning program for teachers at the Writing Center at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. Paula Carlino is a researcher with the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, CONICET, at the University of Buenos Aires. Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams is Head of the Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University. Aparna Sinha is pursuing her PhD in Education at the University of California, Davis, with designated emphases in Writing Studies and in Second Language Acquisition.

Publication Information: Chris Thaiss, Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha (Eds.). (2012). Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. Available at

Publication Date: June 30, 2012

Chapter 1. Origins, Aims, and Uses of Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places
By Chris Thaiss
Chapter 2. Teaching Academic Literacy Across the University Curriculum as Institutional Policy: The Case of the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina)
By Estela Inés Moyano and Lucia Natale
Chapter 3. Writing to Learn Biology in the Framework of a Didactic-Curricular Change in the First Year Program at an Argentine University
By Ana De Micheli and Patricia Iglesia
Chapter 4. Developing Students’ Writing at Queensland University of Technology
By Karyn Gonano and Peter Nelson
Chapter 5. Teaching Academic Writing at the University of Wollongong
By Emily Purser
Chapter 6. The Schreib Center at the Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria
By Ursula Doleschal
Chapter 7. The Academic Writing Research Group at the University of Vienna
By Helmut Gruber
Chapter 8. From Remediation to the Development of Writing Competences in Disciplinary Contexts: Thirty Years of Practice and Questions
By Marie-Christine Pollet
Chapter 9. Academic Literacies in the South: Writing Practices in a Brazilian University
By Désirée Motta-Roth
Chapter 10. Writing Programs Worldwide: One Canadian Perspective
By Roger Graves and Heather Graves
Chapter 11. Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg
By Brian Turner and Judith Kearns
Chapter 12. Xi’an International Studies University (XISU, 西安外国语大学)
By Wu Dan 吴丹
Chapter 13. Training Experiences in Reading and Writing in a Colombian University: The Perspective of a Professor
By Elizabeth Narváez Cardona
Chapter 14. The Progression and Transformations of the Program of Academic Reading and Writing (PLEA) in Colombia’s Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Blanca Yaneth González Pinzón
Chapter 15. From Working with Students to Working through Faculty: A Genre-centered Focus to Writing Development
By Lotte Rienecker and Peter Stray Jørgensen
Chapter 16. The Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo: Achievements and Challenges
By Emily Golson and Lammert Holdijk
Chapter 17. Providing a Hub for Writing Development: A Profile of the Centre for Academic Writing (CAW), Coventry University, England
By Mary Deane and Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams
Chapter 18. Thinking Writing at Queen Mary, University of London
By Teresa McConlogue, Sally Mitchell, and Kelly Peake
Chapter 19. The Teaching of Writing Skills in French Universities: The Case of the Université Stendhal, Grenoble III
By Francoise Boch and Catherine Frier
Chapter 20. Literacy Development Projects Initiating Institutional Change
By Gerd Bräuer and Katrin Girgensohn
Chapter 21. Writing at RWTH Aachen (Germany): Lessons from “Technik im Klartext”
By Vera Niederau and Eva-Maria Jakobs
Chapter 22. Student Writing in the University of Madras: Traditions, Courses, Ambitions
By Susaimanickam Armstrong
Chapter 23. The Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick
By Íde O’Sullivan and Lawrence Cleary
Chapter 24. New Writing in an Old Land
By Trudy Zuckermann, Bella Rubin, and Hadara Perpignan
Chapter 25. The Development of an Academic Writing Centre in the Netherlands
By Ingrid Stassen and Carel Jansen
Chapter 26. Teaching Writing at AUT University: A Model of a Seminar Series for Postgraduate Students Writing Their First Thesis or Dissertation
By John Bitchener
Chapter 27. Developing a “Kiwi” Writing Centre at Massey University, New Zealand
By Lisa Emerson
Chapter 28. The Writing Centre at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Jonathan Worley
Chapter 29. The Ups and Downs of the Interdisciplinary Writing Center of the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus
By Matilde García-Arroyo and Hilda E. Quintana
Chapter 30. Academic Writing at the University of Dundee: A Perspective from Scotland
By Kathleen McMillan
Chapter 31. Changing Academic Landscapes: Principles and Practices of Teaching Writing At the University of Cape Town
By Arlene Archer
Chapter 32. Academic Communication Strategies at Postgraduate Level
By Isabel Solé, Ana Teberosky, and Montserrat Castelló
Chapter 33. Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Lingual Engineering Education Writing Development: A Writing Programme Perspective
By Magnus Gustafsson and Tobias Boström
Chapter 34. Shaping the Multimedia Mindset: Collaborative Writing in Journalism Education
By Daniel Perrin
Chapter 35. The Place of Writing in Translation: From Linguistic Craftsmanship to Multilingual Text Production
By Otto Kruse
Chapter 36. A Writing Center Journey at Sabanci University, Istanbul
By Dilek Tokay
Chapter 37. Writing Programs Worldwide: Profile of the American University of Sharjah (AUS)
By Lynne Ronesi
Chapter 38. The City University of New York: The Implementation and Impact of WAC/WID in a Multi-Campus U.S. Urban University
By Linda Hirsch and Dennis Paoli
Chapter 39. Writing at UC Davis: Writing in Disciplines and Professions from the Undergraduate First Year through Graduate School
By Chris Thaiss and Gary Goodman
Chapter 40. Section Essay: Academic Literacy Development
By Gerd Bräuer
Chapter 41. Section Essay: Who Takes Care of Writing in Latin American and Spanish Universities?
By Paula Carlino
Chapter 42. Section Essay: Reflecting on What Can Be Gained from Comparing Models of Academic Writing Provision
By Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams
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