Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748

Research News

Research in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric actively engages in research on writing in public, academic, workplace, and international contexts. To learn more about research taking place within the department, you can visit any of the pages below.

Research Fellowships

Two faculty members in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric were recently awarded OU Faculty Research Fellowship Awards for Summer 2013. Assistant Professor Dana Driscoll was awarded a fellowship for her project, “A Mixed-Method, Multi-Institutional Analysis of Student Values and Beliefs in Transfer of Writing Knowledge across the Disciplines.” Assistant Professor Josie Walwema was awarded a fellowship for her project, “The Epistemic Value of Formative Assessment in the Scholarship of Technical Communication.” Read more

Research Initiatives

Writing about Writing Pilot in WRT150 (Part of the ERS Seminar, Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer).

In the 2011-2012 academic year, a group of WRT faculty and students are undertaking a pilot study of a writing-about-writing approach to teaching WRT150: Composition I. To learn more about the study, visit the WAW page.

Student Research Awards and Presentations

CCCC 2011 Presentation: “Contesting CCCC Spaces: Undergraduate Research at the National Convention.”

In March 2010, three WRT Majors presented at the prestigious Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Amanda Deschamps presented on the role of the writing major in writing centers, drawing upon her own experiences as a writing center tutor. Jacob Matthews presented results of his case study of a writing center intervention for writing anxiety. Jason Carabelli presented results from his survey of Oakland University WRT majors and described their perceptions of the discipline.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award Winners

In the 2010-2011 school year, two Writing and Rhetoric Majors, Samantha Hyrns and Jessica Tess, were the recipients of the Provost's Undergraduate Research Award. Samantha’s project, titled “Studies on the Rhetoric of Islam in America: Opinions and Perspectives on the Role of Media” examines the role of rhetoric in everyday opinion formation of local Metro area citizens. Jessica's project, titled “Japanese College Student Attitudes on Academic Writing” included interviews and surveys with Japanese College students while she was studying abroad in Japan in the Winter 2010 semester.