The Academic Writing Program, along with the Professional Writing Program and the Writing Center, has been awarded the 2016-2017 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence recognizing its use of best practices and its commitment to diversity.


March 6, 2018
4:30 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1100 Cambridge Community CenterKate Starbird, assistant professor at University of Washington and expert on informatics, will share how alternative narratives of crisis information spread, creating confusion and clouding judgment.
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
November 19, 2014
On Nov. 24th, join PEN/Faulkner for In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora, featuring Okey Ndibe, Taiye Selasi, and Chinelo Okparanta. Tickets $15. 
November 5, 2014
How to Write a Literature Review – November 13, 2014; 10 am-12 pm OR 1 pm-3 pm, Mathematics Building 1403A
October 2, 2014
School of Music Music Scholars Lecture Seriespresents Sean Williams The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington "Irish-Speaking Regions as a Locus of Musical Exile" Leah Smith Lecture Hall (room 2200, School of Music, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)
October 2, 2014
Jonathan AuerbachWeapons of Democracy: How Social Reformers Became Propagandists for World War IThursday, November 13, 4:00 pmUlrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
April 25, 2014
UMD has officially joined the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC) as a part of its broader integration with the Big Ten. Nearly every member institution offers a department or program in linguistics or speech-language pathology. We have invited a speaker from each CIC institution to speak to what extent can theoretical research inform experimental practice, and vice versa? In particular, we have invited speakers from two major focuses of CIC language science research: prosody and language acquisition. This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.
April 1, 2014
Thursday April 3, 4:00-5:30 PMMcKeldin Library, Room 6137Special Events Room  
March 13, 2014
ACCESS2ALUMNI Tuesday, April 8 4:00 p.m. Riggs Alumni Center Keynote speaker will be John Kelly '84, columnist for the Washington Post! Since 2004, "John Kelly's Washington" has been shining the light on Washington's less-famous side, celebrating its citizens, bemoaning its irritations and ferreting out quirky bits of local history. Come to A2A this year to hear from John on how his English degree helped him succeed in his professional life. Read more about John here:


July 25, 2018
Ray will teach AP Language & Composition students at Bowie High School (Prince George's County, Maryland) about Renaissance Commonplace books so that they may create and maintain their own.
May 21, 2018
Tom Earles was elected to the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association. He also presented "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring" at MAWCA's 2018 conference at Rowan University.
May 21, 2018
Oliver Brearey will present papers at two writing studies conferences this summer. These papers include "The New Deal and the Gold Mountain," which he will present at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition and Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia on 25 May, and "Threshold Concepts in Job-Search Training Programs," which he will be presenting on invitation at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, which will take place on 13-16 June at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
May 21, 2018
At the 2018 CCCC in Kansas City, I organized a workshop title "Corpus Approaches to Teaching and Studying Writing," sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing Standing Group, and I co-led, with Michael Israel, a workshop session on constructing and performing preliminary analysis of a corpus of written text, using UMD's "Interpolations" first year writing journal, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Writing (MICUSP), and the academic subcorpus of the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA-A).
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
February 2, 2018
Oliver Brearey presented "Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women's Job-Finding Work in Outplacement" on the Association for Business Communication panel at the 133rd Modern Language Association Annual Convention in New York on 4 January 2018.
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
October 10, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate Danielle Griffin presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH on Oct. 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "'Considering the greatness of our number': The Collective Authorship of Women Servants in Seventeenth Century English Petitions
July 11, 2017
The English Department is pleased announce that six professional track faculty have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  Please take a moment to note the impressive accomplishments of our colleagues, and continue reading to learn more about each faculy member. 
June 21, 2017
Lyra Hilliard presented “When you’re having fun time flys:” The Art and Craft of Integrating Multiple Learning Spaces, Multiple Web 2.0 Tools, and Multiple Modes of Writing in the Blended Composition Class" at this year's Computers and Writing conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

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