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KATHLEEN BLAKE YANCEY, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor, focuses her research on composition studies generally; on students' transfer of writing knowledge and practice; on creative non-fiction; on cultural studies of everyday writing; on writing assessment, especially print and electronic portfolios; and on the intersections of culture, literacy and technologies.
In addition to co-founding the journal Assessing Writing and co-editing it for seven years, she has authored, edited, or co-edited twelve scholarly books and two textbooks as well as over 90 articles and book chapters. Her latest volume is the co-authored Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing, which demonstrates the efficacy of a new writing curriculum, Teaching for Transfer (TFT), and articulates a new theory of prior knowledge located in theories of assemblage, remix, and critical incidents. Her edited collections Electronic Portfolios 2.0 and Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon were released recently as well; Delivering College Composition received the Best Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators. She is also immediate past Editor of College Composition and Communication (CCC), the flagship journal in composition and rhetoric.
She has served as president or chair of several scholarly organizations: the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); the NCTE College Section and the College Forum; the Council of Writing Program Administrators; and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA). She serves on the National Board for Miami University's Howe Center for Writing Excellence, and on the Executive Committee for the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) as well as on editorial boards for several journals, including for Kairos and Computers and Composition. Earlier boards she has served on include the Steering Committee of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Steering Committee for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE project focused on electronic portfolios.
With Barbara Cambridge and Darren Cambridge, she leads the Inter/National Coalition on Electronic Portfolio Research (ncepr.org). Now in its tenth year, this coalition includes over 60 institutional partners from around the world. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Florida State Graduate Mentor Award, the Donald Murray Writing Prize, and the Purdue University Distinguished Woman Scholar Award.
Her current research includes three major projects: an edited collection, The Rhetoric of Reflection; a co-edited collection, Assembling Composition; and a book project, The Way We Were: A Cultural History of Vernacular Writing in the 20th Century United States.
- Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing, (co-authored with with Liane Robertson and Kara Taczak: 2014)
- Electronic Portfolios 2.0 (edited collection: 2009)
- Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon (edited collection: 2006)
- Teachers Writing Groups: Collaborative Inquiry and Reflection for Professional Growth (co-edited collection:2006)
- Teaching Literature as Reflective Practice (2004)
- Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty and Institutional Learning (co-edited collection: 2001)
- Self-Assessment and Development in Writing: A Collaborative Inquiry (co-edited
- Reflection in the Writing Classroom (1998)
- Assessing Writing across the Curriculum: Diverse Methods and Practices
(co-edited collection: 1997)
- Situating Portfolios: Four Perspectives (co-edited collection: 1997)
- Voices on Voice: Perspectives, Definitions, Inquiry. (edited collection: 1994)
- Portfolios in the Writing Classroom: An Introduction (edited collection:1992)
- "Attempting the Impossible: Designing a First-Year Composition Course." In Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ron Lunsford, eds., First-year Composition: From Theory to Practice. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2014.
- "Notes toward the Role of Materiality in Composing, Reviewing, and Assessing Multimodal Texts," with Matt Davis. Computers and Composition 31 (Spring 2014): 13-28.
- A Rhetoric of Reflection, an edited collection for Utah State University Press.
- "Object Lessons," with Doug Hesse and Nancy Sommers.
- Assembling Composition, a co-edited collection with Stephen McElroy
- "Writing, Transfer, and ePortfolios: A Possible Trifecta in Supporting Student Learning." In Jessie Moore and Randy Bass, eds. Understanding Writing Transfer and its Implications for Higher Education.
- "A Close Reading of a 1906 San Francisco Scrapbook: Three Concurrent Accounts; Material Form; and Remix Textuality." In Graeme Farnell, ed., The Photograph and the Collection. London, UK: Museum ETC.
- "Evocative Objects: Reflections on Teaching, Learning, and Living in Between." College English, March 2012. With Doug Hesse and Nancy Sommers. WINNER OF THE 2013 DONALD MURRAY AWARD
- The Way We Were: A Cultural History of Vernacular Writing in the 20th Century United States
ELECTED NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
- Second Vice-President, First Vice-President, President, and Past President, SAMLA: 2011-2014.
- Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Past President, National Council of Teachers of English: 2007-2009.
- Assistant Chair, Associate Chair, Chair, and Past Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication: 2001-2005.
- Vice President, President, and Past President, Council of Writing Program Administrators: 1999-2005.
- Chair, College Forum, National Council of Teachers of English: 1998-2001.
- Chair, College Section, National Council of Teachers of English: 1998-2001.