Promoting RAD writing research at CCCC 2017

Michelle McMullin, Terrence Wang, Bradley Dilger and Shelley Staples are presenting “Promoting RAD writing research through inter-institutional collaboration” at CCCC. Here are the notes, slides, and references from our A10 presentation, (March 16, 2017).

In this presentation, we describe how research designed as inter-institutional from its inception has embedded attention to diverse research outcomes, the development of sustainable infrastructures, and the lifecycle model of scalable user-centered development. Our project brings the methods of corpus linguistics to rhetoric and composition, and vice-versa, creating a web-based archive for research and professional development. By embedding an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration from the start, we have developed a project that considers the strengths and contributions of each partner for an effective collaboration model that best serves the needs of all stakeholders.

Promoting RAD Writing Research conference handout (PDF).

Corpus resources:

AntConc, developed by Laurence Anthony.

British National Corpus (BNC), developed inter-institutionally and distributed by Oxford University Computing Services.

BYU Corpora, including COCA, the Corpus of Contemporary American English, developed primarily by BYU professor Mark Davies.

Lextutor (“Compleat Lexical Tutor”), developed primarily by Tom Cobb.

SketchEngine, developed primarily by Adam Kilgariff, now by Lexical Computing.

WordSmith Tools, developed by Mike Scott.

Repository Resources:

Collaborative Online Instructor Network (COIN).
Developed at Purdue by Kristin Seas Trader and Alexis Ramsey–Tobienne. Offline.

Outcome-Centered Electronic Library of Teaching Resources (OCELOT).
Developed at Virginia Tech by Jared Gibbs and others. Currently on hiatus.

Pedagogy Toolkit for English.
Developed by Alex Christie at University of Victoria.  

Digital Repository for Academic Writing (DRAW).
Developed at Iowa State by ISUComm Center for Communication Excellence.

Selected references

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Biber, Conrad, and Reppen, (1998) Corpus Linguistics: Investigating Language Structure and Use. Cambridge University Press.

Biber, D., & Conrad, S. (2009). Register, genre, and style. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Cushman, E. & Green, E. (2010)  Knowledge work with the Cherokee nation: Engaging publics in a praxis of new media. In J. M. Ackerman & D.J. Coogan (Eds.), The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-scholars and Civic Engagement (pp. 175-192). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

Cushman, E. (2002). Sustainable service learning programs. College Composition and Communication, 40-65.

DeVoss, D. N., Cushman, E., & Grabill, J. T. (2005). Infrastructure and composing: The when of new-media writing. College Composition and Communication, 57(1), 14–44. Retrieved from

Flower, L. (2008). Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement. SIU Press.

Grabill, J. T. & Hart-Davidson, W. (2011). Understanding and supporting knowledge work in schools, workplaces, and public life. In D. Starke-Meyerring, A. Paré, N. Artemeva, M. Horne, & L. Yousoubova (Eds.), Writing in knowledge societies (pp. 161–176). Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. Retrieved from

Hackos, J. (2002). Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery.

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Hyland, K. (1994). Hedging in academic writing and EAP textbooks. English for Specific Purposes, 13(3), 239–256.

Hyland, K. (2001). Humble servants of the discipline? Self-mention in research articles. English for Specific Purposes, 20(3), 207–226.

Hyland, K. (2002). Authority and invisibility: Authorial identity in academic writing. Journal of Pragmatics, 34(8), 1091–1112.

Hymes, D. H. (1974). Foundations in sociolinguistics: An ethnographic approach. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kelly-Riley, D., & Elliot, N. (2014). The WPA Outcomes Statement, validation, and the pursuit of localism. Assessing Writing, 21, 89-103.

Mathieu, P. (2005) Tactics of hope: The public turn in English Composition. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers.

McEnery, T., Xiao, R., & Tono, Y. (2006). Corpus-based language studies. New York: Routledge.

McGrath, L. (2011). Introduction: English studies in the digital age–The call to collaborate. L. McGrath (Ed.), Collaborative approaches to the digital in English studies (pp. 1–10). Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Norcia, M. (2008). Out of the Ivory Tower Endlessly Rocking: Collaborating across Disciplines and Professions to Promote Student Learning in the Digital Archive. Pedagogy 8(1): 91-114.

Porter, J. E., Sullivan, P., Blythe, S., Grabill, J. T., & Miles, L. (2000). Institutional critique: A rhetorical methodology for change. College Composition and Communication, 51(4), 610–642.

Quesenbery, W. (2004). Balancing the 5Es: Usability. Cutter IT Journal, 17(2), 4–11.

Reppen, R. (2010). Using corpora in the language classroom. New York, NY: Cambridge.

Silva, T. & Leki, I. (2004). Family matters: The influence of applied linguistics and composition studies on second language writing studies―past, present, and future. The Modern Language Journal, 88(1), 1–13.

Simmons, W. M. & Grabill, J. T. (2007). Toward a civic rhetoric for technologically and scientifically complex places: Invention, performance, and participation. College Composition and Communication, 58(3), 419–448.

Spinuzzi, C. (2013). Topsight: A guide to studying, diagnosing, and fixing information flow in organizations. Austin, TX: Createspace.

Star, S. L. (1999). The ethnography of infrastructure. American Behavioral Scientist, 43(3), 377–391.

Stoller, F., & Robinson, M. (2013). Chemistry journal articles: An interdisciplinary approach to move analysis with pedagogical aims. English for Specific Purposes, 32, 45–57.

Swales, J. (1990). Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

VanHaitsma, P. (2015).  New Pedagogical Engagements with Archives: Student Inquiry and Composing in Digital Spaces. College English, 78(1).


The Corpus & Repository of Writing, an inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary research project building a corpus of student writing articulated with a repository of pedagogical artifacts.

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