Feb. 22, 2011
Three professors in Morningside College’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric have received a research grant from the Council for Writing Program Administration (CWPA) to conduct a study on knowledge transfer in writing.
Professors Leslie Werden, David Elder and Jeremy Schnieder will use the $1,500 grant to help conduct a study on what writing skills are transferred from freshman to senior years in college and beyond. The research project will follow a cohort of students over four years at Morningside and gather data on what writing skills students bring to college, which skills they transfer from class to class and which skills they have upon graduation. The professors created a pilot program to test the idea this spring and plan to launch the full project in August 2011.
The grant awarded to Morningside College was one of only six awarded this year by CWPA. The Morningside professors expect to present preliminary findings from their research at the CWPA national conference in the summer of 2012.
Werden joined the Morningside faculty in 2006 and has a doctorate in English from the University of North Dakota. Elder, who joined the Morningside faculty in 2010, is a doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition at Texas Christian University. Schnieder, who also came to Morningside in 2010, has a doctorate in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University.
CWPA is a national association of writing professionals with interests in developing and directing writing programs.