The Internationalization of US Writing Programs

edited by Shirley K Rose and Irwin Weiser

“[A] valuable contribution to writing program administration scholarship, the field of writing studies, and other related fields such as second language writing, TESOL, and applied linguistics.”

—Tanita Saenkhum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“[A] very timely and important book for the field of rhetoric and composition.”

Jennifer Wingard, University of Houston

"This text is a welcomed addition to our field—for WPAs, instructors, and graduate students—as we seek to make writing programs more inclusive to non-native English speakers and to understand how students learn to compose in English on the global stage."
Composition Studies

The Internationalization of US Writing Programs illuminates the role writing programs and WPAs play in defining goals, curriculum, placement, assessment, faculty development, and instruction for international student populations. The volume offers multiple theoretical approaches to the work of writing programs and illustrates a wide range of well-planned writing program–based empirical research projects.

As of 2016, over 425,000 international students were enrolled as undergraduates in US colleges and universities, part of a decade-long trend of increasing numbers of international students coming to the United States for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Writing program administrators and writing teachers across the country are beginning to recognize this changing demographic as a useful catalyst for change in writing programs, which are tasked with preparing all students, regardless of initial level of English proficiency, for academic and professional writing.

The Internationalization of US Writing Programs is the first collection to focus specifically on this crucial aspect of the roles and responsibilities of WPAs, who are leading efforts to provide all students on their campuses, regardless of nationality or first language, with competencies in writing that will serve them in the academy and beyond.

Contributors: Jonathan Benda, Michael Dedek, Christiane Donahue, Chris W. Gallagher, Kristi Girdharry, Tarez Samra Graban, Jennifer E. Haan, Paula Harrington, Yu-Kyung Kang, Neal Lerner, David S. Martins, Paul Kei Matsuda, Heidi A. McKee, Libby Miles, Susan Miller-Cochran, Matt Noonan, Katherine Daily O’Meara, Carolina Pelaez-Morales, Stacey Sheriff, Gail Shuck, Christine M. Tardy, Stanley Van Horn, Daniel Wilber, Margaret Willard-Traub


The publication of this book is supported in part by Purdue University's Office of Research and Partnerships and Department of English.


Shirley K Rose is professor of English at Arizona State University, where she is director of ASU Writing Programs. She has served as director of composition at Purdue, director of graduate assistants at Eastern Michigan University, director of composition faculty development at San Diego State University, and graduate adviser for SDSU’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, where she was a founding faculty member. She is the director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.

Irwin Weiser is professor of English at Purdue University. He has served as department head, director of composition, and director of developmental writing and most recently as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He is active in the Council of Writing Program Administrators, including serving several terms on the editorial board of WPA: The Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and a term on the executive board.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-675-5
  • Ebook Price: $27.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $14.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-676-2
  • Publication Month: April
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Pages: 284
  • Illustrations: 1 black and white photograph
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Shirley K Rose and Irwin Weiser
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-675-5