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

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?

audio feedback, college writing, Composition, feedback, Plagiarism, Professional ethics, Reader Project, Research--Moral and ethical aspects, Rhetoric, Science, science labs, Text Recycling, Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, writing assignments, Writing in the Disciplines
Current projects:
The Duke Reader Project
student use of reader feedback
student writing in the science lab
audio feedback
Recent Publications
  1. Moskovitz, C, Beyond “See Figure 1”: A Heuristic for Writing About Figures and Tables, Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 52 no. 3 (February, 2023), pp. 67-74, NSTA [abs].
  2. Moskovitz, C; Hall, S; Pemberton, M, Common Misconceptions about Text Recycling in Scientific Writing, Bioscience (October, 2022), American Institute of Biological Sciences [doi[abs].
  3. Moskovitz, C, Text Recycling in Chemistry Research: The Need for Clear and Consistent Guidelines, in International Ethics in Chemistry: Developing Common Values across Cultures, edited by Schelble, SM; Elkins, K (November, 2021), American Chemical Society [abs].
  4. Anson, IG; Moskovitz, C, Text recycling in STEM: A text-analytic study of recently published research articles., Accountability in Research, vol. 28 no. 6 (August, 2021), pp. 349-371 [doi[abs].
  5. Moskovitz, C, There is no absolute expectation about text recycling., Clinical Biochemistry, vol. 86 (December, 2020), pp. 65-66 [doi].