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Annual Jack & Ruth Gribben English Lectureship Series Presents: Chris Thaiss
October 4, 2013

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CHRIS THAISS is Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program (UWP) of the University of California at Davis. The first permanent director of the independent UWP (2006-11), he teaches undergraduate courses in writing in disciplines and professions; he teaches graduate courses in writing studies pedagogy, theory, and research and in writing program administration. Active in the development of cross-curricular writing in colleges and universities since 1978, Thaiss coordinates the International Network of WAC Programs (INWAC) and works with teachers in the elementary, middle, and high schools through sites of the National Writing Project. Beginning in Fall 2012, he directs the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and chairs the interdisciplinary PhD designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition studies.

Books he has written or edited include Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life (with Terry Myers Zawacki; Heinemann, 2006)); The Harcourt Brace Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum; WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing-across-the-Curriculum Programs (with Susan McLeod, Eric Miraglia, and Margot Soven); Writing to Learn: Essays and Reflections; Speaking and Writing, K-12 (with Charles Suhor); Language Across the Curriculum in the Elementary Grades; two textbooks for English composition classes, Write to the Limit and A Sense of Value; and three writing texts (Pearson publishers) for specific disciplines: Writing about Theatre (with Rick Davis), Writing for Law Enforcement (with John Hess); and Writing for Psychology (with James Sanford). He has contributed chapters to many anthologies and publishes articles frequently in refereed journals.

His principal current research project is the International WAC/WID Mapping Project, which involves surveys and interviews of writing program developers in the U.S. and Canada and in countries around the world. His most recent book, Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places (with Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha; Parlor Press and the WAC Clearinghouse, 2012) derives from this research.


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