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Cary Moskovitz

Cary Moskovitz, Professor of the Practice and Director of Writing in the Disciplines

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Office Location:  Bivins Hall, Durham, NC 27708
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Writing 101.04, Academic writing Synopsis Bell dorm 113, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
  • Writing 101.66, Academic writing Synopsis Art 116, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1989
  • Masters of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 2003
  • M.S., North Carolina State University, 1987
  • B.S., North Carolina State University, 1985

Research Interests:
writing studies/composition, Writing in the Disciplines

Current projects:
The Duke Reader Project, student use of reader feedback, student writing in the science lab, audio feedback
My research is largely centered on issues in higher education writing pedagogy—particularly, though not exclusively, in the sciences. Because the vast majority of writing studies scholars have backgrounds in the humanities, STEM-oriented writing scholarship has been underdeveloped. Given my educational background in engineering and architecture, fields outside those typical for writing studies scholars, I am interested in the ways in which work in the field has neglected normative discursive practices, writing processes, and teaching contexts in many fields--especially the natural and mathematical sciences and empirical social science disciplines. I am also interested, more broadly, in practical questions about how faculty who are not specifically trained in writing pedagogy can work productively with student writing: How can instructors engage their students in intellectual tasks through writing and empower them to take on those tasks with the expertise, and thus the authority, needed to execute scholarly and professional discourse? What modes of feedback can effectively promote better student writing and encourage substantial, thoughtful revision while also being efficient and engaging for instructors?

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  • Moskovitz, C; Hall, S; Pemberton, M. "Common Misconceptions about Text Recycling in Scientific Writing."  American Institute of Biological Sciences, October, 2022. [doi]  [abs]
  • Moskovitz, C. "Text Recycling in Chemistry Research: The Need for Clear and Consistent Guidelines." International Ethics in Chemistry: Developing Common Values across Cultures. Edited by Schelble, SM; Elkins, K. American Chemical Society November, 2021.  [abs]
  • Anson, IG; Moskovitz, C. "Text recycling in STEM: A text-analytic study of recently published research articles.." Accountability in Research 28.6 (August, 2021): 349-371. [doi]  [abs]
  • Moskovitz, C. "There is no absolute expectation about text recycling.." Clinical Biochemistry 86 (December, 2020): 65-66. [doi]
  • Moskovitz, C; Hall, S. "Text Recycling in STEM Research: An Exploratory Investigation of Expert and Novice Beliefs and Attitudes." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 51.3 (March, 2020): 004728162091543-004728162091543. [doi]  [abs]

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