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Faculty - Dylan B. Dryer

-1Dylan B. Dryer

Associate Professor of Composition Studies

Neville Hall, Room 301
Orono, Maine 04469-5752 U.S.A.
Office Telephone: (207) 581-3825
E-mail: dylan.dryer@maine.edu

Research Interests:

My home-base is in Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS), which investigates the ways in which recurrent textual forms reflect and sustain larger social structures through “uptake” —  the exceptionally complex historically, culturally, cognitively and linguistically shaped moments of reader/writer/genre interface.  (For an accessible overview of RGS, see my introduction to Composition Forum Vol. 31, a Special Issue on emergent trends in this field:  http://compositionforum.com/issue/31/from-the-editors.php)  From RGS, my research ventures into  corpus analysis, writing pedagogy and program administration, cognition, writing assessment and teacher-training, and the documentary society of land-use management.

Office Hours
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm; Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm; and by appointment.

Publications:

“Work.” Keywords in Writing Studies. Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenberg, eds. Utah State University Press, 2015: 173-181.

“Revising FYC Outcomes for a Multimodal, Digitally Composed World: The WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition (Version 3.0) Writing Program Administration 38.1 (Fall 2014): 129-143 (with Darsie Bowden, Beth Brunk-Chavez, Susanmarie Harrington, Bump Halbritter, and Kathleen Blake Yancey).

“Social Contexts of Writing Assessment: Toward an Ecological Construct of the Rater” WPA: Writing Program Administration 38.1 (Fall 2014): 12-41  (with Irvin Peckham).

“Scaling Writing Ability: A Corpus-Driven Inquiry.” Written Communication, 30.1 (January 2013): 3-35.

“At a Mirror, Darkly: The Imagined Undergraduate Writers of Ten Novice Composition Instructors” College Composition and Communication. 63:3 (February 2012): 420-52. Richard Braddock Memorial Award Winner, 2013

“Composing Citizens: Epistemic Work in the Interstices of Comprehensive-Planning Genres” Community Literacy Journal. 5.1 (Fall 2010): 25-56.

Review, Kelly Ritter. Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009.  Composition Forum 22, Summer 2010. http://compositionforum.com/issue/22/before-shaughnessy-review.php

“The Persistence of Institutional Memory: Genre Uptake and Program Reform.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 31.3 (Spring 2008): 32-51.

Review, Elenore Long. Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Local Publics. Writing & Pedagogy 1.1 (2009): 149-52.

“Taking Up Space: Genre Systems as Geographies of the Possible” JAC: rhetoric, writing, culture, politics. 28.3/4 (2008): 503-34.

“An ‘Unconventional’ Textbook: Re-Working Pedagogy in the Self-Reflective Classroom.” Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Writing Conventions. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2008: 126-45.

In Press

“Writing is Not Natural”; “Words Get Their Meanings from Other Words”; and “Writing is (also always) Cognitive” in Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts in Writing Studies, Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle, eds. Utah State University Press

Editorial Credit

Guest Editor, Composition Forum Vol. 31 “30 Years of Genre as Social Action: The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of Rhetorical Genre Studies.”

Co-editor (with Richard Haswell), CWPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies http://comppile.org/wpa/bibliographies/index.php

Courses Taught:

ENG 100/106 “Stretch” College Composition
ENG 101 College Composition
ENG 212 Persuasive and Analytical Writing
ENG 301 Advanced Composition
ENG 315 Research Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing
ENG 402 Topics in Writing Research – Writing as Design
ENG 529 The Rhetorical Production of the Everyday
ENG 579 The Theory of Composition
ENG 693 Teaching College Composition

Education:

Ph.D., Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007
Dissertation: “On Possibilities of Reading and Writing:  Genre Uptake, Discursive Resources, and the Composition of Institutional Texts”
M.A. (Research), English Literature, Saint Louis University, 1999
B.A., English Literature, Rhodes College, Memphis TN, 1994

Recent National and International Conference Presentations:

Speaker, “Construct Representation and the GTA Practicum: Do Revision Practices Predict Teaching Ability?” 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL March 2015

Featured Panel, “Voices from the Secondary/Postsecondary Transition: Continuing the Conversation from the CCCC Listening Tour” 2014 NCTE Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 2014

Invited Speaker, “Designing Uptakes: Rhetorical Genre Studies and College Composition” Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network; Northeastern University, November 2014

Respondent, “The Living Nature of Genres” 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014

Plenary Speaker, “Genre Research in North American Contexts” Simpósio Internacional de Estudos de Gêneros Textuais, Fortaleza, CE, Brasil, September 2013.

Featured Panel, 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication. “Revising the WPA Outcomes Statement for a Multimodal, Digitally Composed World.” Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.

Featured Speaker, “Corpus Analysis and the ‘Expert Reader': Hesitating on the Cusp of a New Methodology” Economies of Writing. 9th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, October 2012.

“Central Problems in Uptake Studies: A Critique and Two Proposals.” Genre2012: An International Conference on Genre Studies; Carleton University, Ottawa, CA.

“The Genre-System and its Agent: Taking Up Cooper’s Invitation to Rethink Agency as Embodied Process” Conference on College Composition and Communication, St Louis, MO, April 2012.

“Failing to Account for Agency: Redesigning our Assessments to Account for Resistant Writers” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 2011.

“Measuring quality, tracking curricular changes: Methods and results of a large, four-year assessment undergraduate business student writing” (with Scott Warnock, Frank Linnehan, and Chris Finnin) Writing Research across Borders February, 2011.

“The Social Systems of Writing Assessment: Interpreting Raters’ Scores as Articulations of Activity Systems” (with Irvin Peckham and Norbert Elliot, respondent) Council of Writing Program Administrators, Philadelphia, PA, July 2010

“GxB (Genres across Borders):Developing an International Online Academic Resource for Genre Researchers”(with Carolyn Miller, Chris Minnix, and Matt Morain) Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 2010.

“Taking Up Teaching: Genre-Affiliations and the Work of TA Training.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, March 2009.

“On Going Big (and How): A Dialectic of Assessment Plans and Institutional Realities” (in collaboration with Dr. Scott Warnock of Drexel University) Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Denver, CO, July 2008.

“Composing Citizens: Comprehensive City Planning and the Uptake of Participatory Genres” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.

“When ‘That’s the Way It Is,’ Isn’t Enough: A Rhetorical Strategy for Keeping Space Visible” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

“Situated Bodies in Institutional Narratives:  On Space as a Discursive Resource” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY, October 2006.

“A Basic Writing Alternative as Institutional Critique” Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Chattanooga, TN, July 2006

University Workshop Presentations:

Invited Speaker, “Being a Teaching Assistant” (in collaboration with Dr. Jeffery St. John); Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, University of Maine, August 27th, 2008.

Guest Lecture, “Designing Visual Arguments” Engineering 101, Drexel University, November 7th, 2007.

Invited Speaker, “On Getting What You Ask For: Assignment Design and Curricular Interventions” University Writing Program Faculty Forum Series, Drexel University, October 17th, 2007.

Invited Speaker, “Designing Writing Assignments to Enhance Critical Thinking” Center for Instructional and Professional Development, Freshman Seminar Retreat, UWM July 2005.

Invited Speaker, “New Instructor Orientation” Center for Instructional and Professional Development, Summer GTA Orientation, August 2004, 2005.

Invited Speaker, Workshop for Online Teachers, Fall 2004.

Membership:

I’m a member of CCCC, CWPA, MEA, and currently serve on the Editorial Board of College Composition and Communication and the Research Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

 


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