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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Anne Herrington

Contact Information:
265 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-2971
f: 413-545-3880


Distinguished Professor and Director, Western Massachusetts Writing Project

I have been at UMass since 1986. My primary areas of scholarly interest are writing across the curriculum, student development as writers, qualitative research methodologies, and writing assessment. My teaching reflects these interests, including graduate seminars on Research on Writing, Genre Theory, and Academic Discourses and Writing. At the undergraduate level I frequently teach our first year writing course and an upper level course for prospective teachers of writing. I am proud to have been awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in 1999.

My interests are reflected by the titles of my book publications. Two earlier books include Writing, Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (MLA 1992), co-edited with Charles Moran, and Persons in Process: Four Stories of Writing and Personal Development in College (NCTE 2000), with Marcia Curtis. This book received the National Council of Teachers of English 2002 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research. More recently, Charles Moran and have published an edited collection, Genre across the Curriculum (Utah State UP, 2005) that examines how genre theory informs instruction in classes in various disciplines, and with Kevin Hodgson, Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2009).

I directed our Undergraduate Writing Program from 1990-96 and was Department Chair from 2000-2006. Since 2007, I have been Site Director of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, a National Writing Project site..