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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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?

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