Linda Adler-Kassner

Professor of Writing Studies; Faculty Director
Center for Innovative Teaching
and Learning; Associate Dean
Undergraduate Education

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Office Location

UCSB Library Room 1576


Please note: Dr. Madeleine Sorapure is the Director of the Writing Program.

I teach Writing 2 ("Academic Writing," aka first-year composition), courses associated with public engagement and public discourse, and graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy. I also work with faculty and TAs across the campus (and around the country) on research-based teaching, learning, and assessment.


M.A. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota

B.A., Macalester College


A writing teacher and researcher for more than 25 years, I am Professor of Writing Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Director of the UCSB Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL). I'm also author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books and many articles and book chapters. My most recent book, co-edited with Elizabeth Wardle, is Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies. I regularly teach undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on writing as a subject of study (and an activity). When I'm not working I like to spend time with my family/dogs, and cycle and hike around the beautiful Santa Barbara area (not mutually exclusive activities). 


My research focuses very broadly on:

  • How literacy is defined, taught and assessed, by whom
  • What values and ideologies are attached to those definitions
  • The consequences of definitions, values, and ideologies for learners

Most recently, my work has focused on how faculty and students can work with research-based frameworks associated with expertise and knowledge-making to create more inclusive classes.


Please see the CV attached to this profile.