Mya Poe

Mya Poe

Assistant Professor of English
education Ph.D., 2006, Composition and Rhetoric
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Mailing address 405 HO
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

Mya Poe is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on writing assessment, diversity, and writing in the disciplines. She is co-author of Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies From MIT, which won the CCCC 2012 Advancement of Knowledge Award for the publication that most advances research in writing studies. She is also co-editor of Race and Writing Assessment and co-editor of the Oxford Short Guides to Writing in the Disciplines series. She is currently working on a book entitled The Consequences of Writing Assessment about the effects of writing assessment on diverse students and guest editing a special issue of Research in the Teaching of English on international writing assessment and diversity.

Selected Publications

Lerner, N. & Poe, M. (forthcoming). Writing and becoming a scientist: A longitudinal, qualitative study of three science undergraduates. In M. Curry and D. Hanauer (Eds.) Applied linguistics and literacies for STEM: Founding concepts, methodologies and research projects. John Benjamins Publishing Company. *invited

Poe, M. & Scott, M. (forthcoming). Writing, lifelong learning and social mobility. In E. Jakobs and D. Perrin (Eds.) Handbook of Writing and Text Production. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. *invited

Poe, M. (forthcoming). Fairness and race in digital writing assessment. In D. DeVoss and H. McKee (Eds.) Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. Logan, UT: Utah State UP (Computers and Composition Digital Press). *invited

Poe, M. (2013). Research on multilingual writers in the disciplines: The case of biomedical engineering. In S. Canagarajah (Ed.) Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms(pp. 170-181). London: Routledge. *invited

Poe, M. (2013). Re-framing race in teaching writing across the curriculum, Across the Disciplines10(3). Available at
(Special issue on Anti-Racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and Writing

Inoue, A. & Poe, M, Eds. (2012). Race and writing assessment. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Reviewed in Assessing Writing (18, 2013, pgs. 239-240); The Journal of Writing Assessment (Jan. 2013); Teachers College Record (June 21, 2013).

Inoue, A. & Poe, M. (2012). Racial formations in two writing assessments: Revisiting White and Thomas’ findings on the English Placement Test after thirty years. In N. Elliott and L. Perelman (Eds.) Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White. (pp. 343-361). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. *invited

Poe, M., Lerner, N. & Craig, J. (2010). Learning to communicate in science and engineering: Case studies from MIT. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Reviewed in Across the Disciplines (Nov. 2010); Writing Lab Newsletter (Sept. 2010); Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (Summer 2010); Choice “Outstanding Title” (48-0830: 2010).


Selected Honors & Awards

Advancement of Knowledge Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Received for Learning to communicate in science and engineering: Case studies from MIT, 2012.
One award presented annually for the empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances writing studies.