The Center for Teaching Writing is committed to enhancing undergraduate education at the University of Oregon. By training undergraduate and graduate students and professors to be better teachers of writing, to use writing technologies effectively, and to incorporate writing as a way of learning, the Center aims to improve both the quality of writing instruction and the quality of student writing at the university. Linking research and pedagogy, the Center also supports the examination of writing pedagogy, both on campus and in dialogue with the greater community.
The Center was founded in the spring of 1996 through the financial generosity of Don and Willie Tykeson and the administrative efforts of Professor James Crosswhite, Director of Composition from 1990 to 1995.
It functions under the auspices of the Composition Program and is housed within the University of Oregon’s English Department. From 1995 to 2000, the Director of the Center was Anne Laskaya. From 2000 to 2003, the Director was Brian Whaley. For 2004-2005, the Director was Ann Ciasullo. The current Director is John Gage.
The Center is governed by an advisory board of English Department faculty: Suzanne Clark, James Crosswhite, John Gage, Anne Laskaya, and Carolyn Bergquist.
Assistant Directors oversee the Center’s technological innovations and contribute to the Center’s projects. The Assistant Director for 2014-2015 is Francesca Gentile.
Contact John Gage with questions or interests.