Sue McLeod

Research Professor - Retired


Susan McLeod is a Research Professor and UCSB Writing Program Distinguished Scholar. Her scholarship includes ten books and numerous articles on writing across the curriculum, writing program administration, and the affective domain in the writing classroom. She is the editor of thePerspectives on Writing book series with the WAC Clearinghouse and co-editor (with Margot Soven) of the Writing Program Administration book series with Parlor Press.



Selected Publications


Traditions of Writing Research.  Editor (with Charles Bazerman, Robert Krut, Karen Lunsford, Suzie Null, Paul Rogers, and Amanda Stansell).  New York: Routledge, 2010.

Writing Program Administration.  West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2007.

Composing a Community: A History of Writing Across the Curriculum.  Editor (with Margot Soven).  West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2006.

WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing Across the Curriculum Programs.  Editor, (with Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss).  Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2001.

Notes on the Heart: Affective Issues in the Writing Classroom. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.

Women and the Journey: The Female Travel Experience.  Editor, (with Bonnie Frederick). Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1993.

Writing Across the Curriculum: A Guide to Developing Programs.  Editor (with Margot Soven).  Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1992.  Reprinted on-line,, 2000.

Writing About the World.   Senior Editor (with Stacia Bates, Alan Hunt, John Jarvis, and Shelley Spear).  San Diego:  Harcourt, 1991.  Second edition 1995.  Third edition 2005.

Strengthening Programs for Writing Across the Curriculum.  Editor.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1988.

Dramatic Imagery in the Plays of John Webster.  Jacobean Drama Studies No. 68,  Ed. James Hogg.  Salzburg: Institut für Englische Sprache und Literatur, 1977.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

“The Undergraduate Writing Major: What Is It?  What Should It Be?”  With Deborah Balzhiser.  College Composition and Communication 61.3 (February 2010): 415-33.

“Afterword.”  What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors.  Ed. Gregory A. Giberson and Thomas A. Moriarty.  Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2010. 287-89. Invited.

“Reflection.”  The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration.  Ed. Theresa Enos and Shane Borrowman.  West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2008.  164-67.  Invited.

“’Breaking Our Bonds and Reaffirming Our Connections’ Twenty Years Later.”  College Composition and Communication 57.3 (February 2006): 525-34.  Invited.

“Accelerated Classes and the Writers at the Bottom: A Local Assessment Story” (with Heather Horn and Richard Haswell).  College Composition and Communication 56.4 (June 2005): 556-80.

“Celebrating Diversity (in Methodology).”  Composition Studies in the New Millennium: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future.  Ed. Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, and Edward M. White.  Urbana, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2003.151-54.

“Beliefs and Mathematics Education: Implications for Learning, Teaching, and Research” (with Douglas B. McLeod).  Beliefs: A Hidden Variable in Mathematics Education?.  Ed. Gilah Leder, Erkki Pehkonen, and Gunter Törner.  Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer, 2002.  115-23.

“Moving up the Administrative Ladder.”  The Writing Program Administrator’s Handbook.  Ed.  Stuart Brown and Theresa Enos. Mahwah, NJ: Earlbaum, 2002. 113-24.

“WAC in International Contexts: An Introduction.”  Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 5 (2002): 4-10.  (Guest editor for volume.)

“Faculty Opinion and Experience: The Writing Portfolio” (Ch. 12, with Fiona Glade, Diane Kelly Riley, and Bill Condon) and "Working with Administrators: A Dialogue on Dialogue" (Ch. 13, with Richard Haswell).Beyond Outcomes: Assessment and Instruction Within a University Writing Program.  Ed. Richard Haswell.  Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 2001.  161-67; 169-85.

“Writing Across the Curriculum in a Time of Change” (with Eric Miraglia). WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing Across the Curriculum Programs.  Ed. Susan McLeod, Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss.  Urbana, IL: NCTE: 2001.  1-27.

“The Pedagogy of Writing Across the Curriculum.”  The Writing Teacher’s Bibliographical Sourcebook.  Ed. Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper, and Kurt Schick.  New York: Oxford U P 2001.  149-64.

“Clearing the Air: WAC Myths and Realities” (with Elaine Maimon).  College English 62 (May 2000):  573-83.

“Forum on CAC: Principles that Should Guide WAC/CAC Program Development in the Coming Decade” (with Anne Herrington, Donna LeCourt, David Russell, and Art Young).  academic.writing:  interdisciplinary perspectives on communication across the curriculum. On-line journal,, Spring 2000.  Invited.

“The Ethics of Hiring in a Time of Change: A Response to the ‘Final Report, MLA Committee on Professional Employment’ and to the ‘Statement from the Conference on the Growing Use of Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty.’ “  Association of Departments of English Bulletin (Spring 1999): 31-34.

"WAC at Century's End: Haunted by the Ghost of Fred Newton Scott."  WPA: Writing Program Administration 21 (Fall 1997): 67-73.

"WAC Assessment and Audience: A Dialogue" (with Richard Haswell). Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum: Diverse Approaches and Practices. Ed. Kathleen Yancey and Brian Huot.  Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1997.  217-36.

"Whither WAC?  Interpreting the Stories/Histories of Mature WAC Programs"  (with Eric Miraglia).  WPA: Writing Program Administration (Spring 1997): 46-65.

"Scholarship Reconsidered: The View from the Dean's Office."  Academic Advancement in Composition Studies.  Ed. Richard C. Gebhardt and Barbara Genelle Smith Gebhardt.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1997.  177-89.  This book received the 1997 Dasher Book Award from the College English Association.

"The Foreigner: WAC Directors as Agents of Change."  Resituating Writing: Constructing and Administering Writing Programs.  Ed. Joseph Janangelo and Kristine Hansen.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1995.  108-16.

"Pygmalion or Golem? Teacher Affect and Efficacy."  College Composition and Communication 46 (1995): 369-86.

"Affect in Writing."  Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts.  Ed. Alan Purvis.  New York, National Council of Teachers of English/Scholastic, 1994.  Vol. 1, 29-30.

"The Question of Literacy" (review essay, with Janis Tedesco).  Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 47 (1993): 237-48.

"Evaluating Writing Programs: Paradigms, Problems, Possibilities."  Journal of Advanced Composition 12 (1992): 373-82.

"Writing Across the Curriculum: An Introduction."  Writing Across the Curriculum: A Guide to Developing Programs.  Eds. Susan H. McLeod and Margot Soven.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1992.

"Responding to Plagiarism: The Role of the WPA."  WPA: Writing Program Administration 16 (1992): 1-10.

"What Do You Need to Start--and Sustain--a Writing Across the Curriculum Program?"  With Margot Soven.  WPA: Writing Program Administration 15 (1991): 25-33.

"The Affective Domain and the Writing Process: Working Definitions."  Journal of Advanced Composition 11.1 (1991): 95-105.

"Cultural Literacy, Curricular Reform, and Freshman Composition."  Rhetoric Review 8 (1990): 270-78.

"The Disabled Student and the Writing Program: A Guide for Administrators."  With Kathy Jane Garretson.  WPA: Writing Program Administration 13 (1989): 45-51.

"Writing Across the Curriculum: The Second Stage, and Beyond."  College Composition and Communication 40 (1989):  337-43.  Reprinted in Landmarks in Writing Across the Curriculum, David R. Russell and Charles Bazerman, eds.  Davis, CA: Hermagoras Press, 1994.  79-86.

"Translating Enthusiasm into Curricular Change."  Strengthening Programs for Writing Across the Curriculum.  Ed. Susan H. McLeod.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1988.  5-12.

"When Faculty Write: A Workshop for Colleagues."  With Laura Emery.  College Composition and Communication 39 (1988):  65-67.

"Defining Writing across the Curriculum."  WPA:  Writing Program Administration 11 (1987): 19-24.

"Some Thoughts about Feelings: The Affective Domain and the Writing Process."  College Composition and Communication 38 (1987): 426-35.