Linda Adler-Kassner

Co-Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education
Professor of Writing Studies

Contact Phone

805-893-4808 or 805-893-3006

Office Location

South Hall 1520/Cheadle Hall 1117


Writing and public policy, writing pedagogy and theory, writing program administration, writing and learning


Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies and co-interim Dean of Undergraduate Education. Her research focuses broadly on how literacy is defined, taught, and assessed by different groups (i.e., faculty, students, community members, employers), and the implications of definitions and actions for learners and learning. Most recently, this focus has led her to investigations of relationships between writing (and other forms of composed knowledge) and knowledge-making in specific sites like classrooms and workplaces. These investigations, in turn, become part of efforts associated with faculty development and literacy policy and advocacy. Adler-Kassner is author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books. The most recent, Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies (with Elizabeth Wardle), was given the “Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline” award by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in 2016. Other books include Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Peggy O'Neill) and The Activist WPA, which was awarded the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Best Book Award in 2010. She also has written many articles and book chapters on writing program administration, pedagogy, assessment, and public policy and writing instruction. Adler-Kassner is a past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and currently Associate Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). 


Please see the CV linked to my web site for a current list of publications. 


Materials for my most of my courses are available in GauchoSpace, UCSB's course management system. Pleasecontact 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)