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Teaching Excellence Colloquium:
Writing Across the Curriculum: "Developing a Culture of Student Engagement"

Neal Lerner
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 8, 2007


Effective writing is more than a skill to be acquired in introductory English courses. It is a fundamental practice that is essential for students to learn and communicate across the curriculum. Faculty can create a classroom culture such that students value good writing as part of every assignment. In this colloquium, Dr. Lerner discusses moving from inoculation to enculturation in writing practices on campus.

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About the Presenter

Neal Lerner is Lecturer in Writing Across the Curriculum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches scientific and technical communication. Previously, he was an English faculty member and Writing Center Director at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is co-editor (with Beth Boquet) of The Writing Center Journal and co-author (with Paula Gillespie) of The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring, 2nd ed. His publications have appeared or will soon appear in College Composition and Communication, Written Communication, College English, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Composition Studies, Writing Center Journal, Writing Program Administration, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, and several edited collections. He is also a three-time recipient of the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Scholarship Award, and is currently writing a book on the history of teaching both writing and science via "laboratory methods." He has led faculty workshops and given invited talks across the country.

This colloquium is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the General Education Committee Task Force for Effective and Persuasive Communication. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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