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
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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