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DWC faculty members conducting new research

Funded by National Council of Teachers of English

Through grants awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English, Department of Writing and Communication faculty members Shanti Bruce, Juliette Kitchens, Claire Lutkewitte, Molly Scanlon and Star Vanguri, all Ph.D.s, are conducting research during the 2016-2017 academic year that will help to advance NCTE’s mission of “improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.”

Shanti Bruce Juliette Kitchens Claire Lutkewitte Molly Scanlon Star Vanguri

Bruce, DWC chair and professor, is conducting a cross-institutional study titled “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers” that is designed to produce a rich description of the multilingual backgrounds of students in first-year writing classes.

Faculty members Kitchens, assistant professor of writing; Lutkewitte, associate professor of writing; and Scanlon, assistant professor of writing are investigating the experiences of new faculty during their first three years of employment in their study titled “Faculty Identity Construction through Language.”

Vanguri, associate professor of writing, is conducting a multi-institutional study titled “The Effects of Explicit Instruction on Sentence Fluency and Style,” which examines the effects of explicit instruction on sentence fluency and style.

Faculty members’ grant-funded research projects were recognized by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences during its Annual External Funding Recognition Ceremony, which took place on Thursday, Oct. 20.

"These projects have provided great opportunities to involve undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, in faculty research," Bruce said.

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