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Karen Rowan

Karen Rowan



Office Phone(909) 537-3854
Office LocationUH-301.32


PhD SUNY-Albany BA Guilford College


Graduate Courses

Perspectives on Research (Eng 609)
Contemporary Composition and Discourse Theory (Eng 612)
Writing Center Studies (Eng 630)
Writers in Process: Investigating the Development of Writing Abilities (Eng 613)
Language Politics in Composition: From Policies to Pedagogies (Eng 613)
Sites of Praxis: Writing Centers as Communities of Practice (Eng 657)

Undergraduate Courses

First-Year Composition (Eng 105A-106A)
Expository Writing (Eng 306)
Writing in the Public Sphere (Eng 240)
Issues in Literacy and Writing Studies (Eng 329)
Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice (Eng 330)


Composition Studies, Writing Center Studies

Research and Teaching Interests

My scholarly, pedagogical, and professional interests include writing program assessment; writing center theory and practice; the intersections of language, literacy, and education; empirical research in composition studies; and mentorship in graduate education. My diverse interests are inspired by (but not focused on) my experiences as a student, teacher, and administrator and are, in turn, reflected in both my scholarly work and teaching in a variety of ways. My current research draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate CSUSB’s Directed Self-Placement program. My previous project, Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change (Utah State UP, 2011), which I co-edited and contributed to, was awarded the Outstanding Book Award by the International Writing Centers Association.

Selected Publications

Invited: “Researcher Reflection.” Strategies for Writing Center Research, by Jackie Grutsch McKinney. (Volume in progress).

Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2011. Co-edited with Laura Greenfield.

“Beyond the ‘Week 12 Approach’: Towards a Critical Pedagogy for Anti-Racist Tutor Education.” Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2011. 124-149. With Laura Greenfield.

“All the Best Intentions: Graduate Student Administrative Professional Development in Practice.” Writing Center Journal 29.1 (2009): 11-48.

Selected Presentations

“‘I get to take classes that I think I can do, not what a test thinks I can do:’ Agency, Assessment, and the Work of DSP.” Conference on Writing Program Administration Conference. Normal, IL. July 2014.

“Antiracist Pedagogies across the Disciplines.” Faculty Development Workshop. Metropolitan State University of Denver. With Laura Greenfield. Denver, CO. May 2014.

“From Tutor Training to Tutor Education: Making a Sea Change in Writing Center Discourse and Practice.” With Laura Greenfield. International Writing Centers Association. Baltimore, MD. November 2010.

“False Starts: On Becoming a Qualitative Researcher.” Keynote Address (Invited). Qualitative Research Network. Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. March 2009.