Professor, Program Director
Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing and Director of the Writing Program, where she regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Her research focuses broadly on definitions of literacy and their implications for teachers and students at the postsecondary level. She is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books, including Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Peggy O'Neill); The Activist WPA: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers; and Basic Writing as a Political Act: Public Conversations about Writing and Literacy (with Susanmarie Harrington), as well as many articles and book chapters on writing program administration, pedagogy, and public policy and writing instruction.
Parks, Stephen, Linda Adler-Kassner, Brian, Baille and Collette Caton, Eds. The Best of Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition. W. Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2011.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Peggy O’Neill. Reframing Writing Assessment. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda. The Activist WPA: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers. Logan: Utah State UP, 2008. (Winner, Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award)
*Adler-Kassner, Linda, ed. Reading and Writing the College Experience. New York: Longman Publishers, 2005.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington. Basic Writing as a Political Act: Public Conversations about Writing and Literacies. Creskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 2002.
Adler-Kassner, Linda and Gregory Glau, eds. The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing.New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2002. (2nd ed, 2005)
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington, eds. Questioning Authority: Stories Told In School. Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 2001.
Adler-Kassner, Linda, Robert Crooks, and Ann Watters, eds. Writing the Community: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Composition.Washington, D.C.: American Association of Higher Education/NCTE, 1997.
Selected Recent Articles and Book Chapters
“The Companies We Keep or The Companies We Would Like to Keep: Strategies and Tactics in Challenging Times.” WPA Journal 36.1 (Fall/Winter 2012): 119-140.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda, John Majewski, and Damian Koshnick. “The Value of Troublesome Knowledge: Threshold Concepts in Writing and History.” Composition Forum 26 (Fall 2012). Compositionforum.com/issue/26/troublesome-knowledge-threshold.php
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington. “Basic Writing: Margins, Access, Standards.” Defining Composition Studies: Research, Scholarship, and Inquiry for the 21st Century. Logan: Utah State University Press.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda, Peggy O’Neill, and Sandra Murphy. “The Politics of Writing Research and Assessment.” In International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, and Measures. Clemson, SC: Parlor Press, 2012: 133-150.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington. “Responsibility, Visibility, and Composition’s Future in the 21st Century: Reframing “Accountability.” College Composition and Communication 62.1 (September 2010): 73-99.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda. “The WPA as Activist: Systematic Strategies for Framing, Action, and Representation.” In Shirley Rose and Irwin Weiser, eds. Going Public: The WPA as Advocate for Engagement. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010. 216-236.
Adler-Kassner, Linda. “The Activist Academic: Teaching Writing (and Communication) as Public Work.” In Beyond the Ivory Tower: Essays in Honor of Professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia. Spokane: Marquette Books, 2009. 73-82.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Heidi Estrem. “Building Community Through Writing Program Assessment.” In Bob Broad, Ed. Organic Writing Assessment: Theory Into Practice. Utah State University Press, 2009. 14-35.
*Janangelo, Joseph and Linda Adler-Kassner. “Common Denominators and the Ongoing Culture of Assessment.” In Marie C. Paretti and Katrina M. Powell, Assessment of Writing. Assessment in the Disciplines series, v. 4. Tallahassee, FL: Association for Institutional Research, 2009. 11-33.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda, Chris Anson, and Rebecca Moore Howard. “Framing Plagiarism.” In Carolyn Eisner and Martha Vicinus, Eds.Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: A Cross-Disciplinary Collection. Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 2008. 231-246.
*Adler-Kassner, Linda and Susanmarie Harrington. “In the Here and Now: Public Policy and Basic Writing” Journal of Basic Writing (Spring 2007): 27-48. (Invited submission)
Materials for my courses are available in GauchoSpace, UCSB's course management system. Please contact me if you would like access to these materials.
Courses I regularly teach include:
Writing 2 (Academic Writing)
Writing 501 (Academic Writing: Theory and Practice)
ED 202H (Writing Program Administration)
ED 202I (Assessment of Writing)
Writing 153A (Writing and Civic Engagement - beginning Winter 2014)