Linda Adler-Kassner

Professor of Writing Studies; Faculty Director - Center for Innovative Teaching Research and Learning; Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning

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UCSB Library Room 1576


Please note: For questions about add codes or courses, contact Alison Brennan, the Writing Program advisor. I am a faculty member in the Writing Program and at the top of the directory because my last name starts with "A." 

I work with faculty and students to identify characteristics associated with "good literacy" practices. With faculty, this means studying constituent elements of expertise and knowledge-making within disciplines. With students, it means studying, practicing with, and contributing to knowledge-making. Most of my teaching occurs in my role as Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL). I also occasionally teach courses associated with public engagement and public discourse, and graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy. Outside of UCSB, I work with faculty across the country on issues related to inclusive teaching and assessment. 


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

B.A., Macalester College


A writing teacher and researcher for more than 30 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 ten books and many articles and book chapters. You can find a more updated bio at


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.