Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., 2006, English with concentration in Composition and Rhetoric
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
- ENG 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
- ENG 2760 Writing in Global Contexts
- ENG 7395 Genres in Action
- ENGW 3307 Advanced Writing in the Sciences
- ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Resume / CV
Mya Poe’s research focuses on how people become better writers, what we mean by “better” writing, and how to make the evaluation of writing fairer for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Her research on writing assessment has appeared in journals, including College Composition and Communication and the Journal of Writing Assessment. Her co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment, won the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Book of the Year. She has guest-edited a special issue of Research in the Teaching of English on diversity and international writing assessment, is currently guest-editing a special issue of College English on writing assessment and social justice, and is also co-editing a book collection entitled Writing Assessment and Social Justice.
Her research on writing development has been published in College Composition and Communication, The Journal of Business and Technical Communication, IEEE Professional Transactions, and Across the Disciplines as well as in various book collections. Her co-authored book Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies from MIT won the CCCC 2012 Advancement of Knowledge Award for the publication that most advances research in writing studies. As series co-editor of the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines, she works with faculty in the disciplines to develop accessible, savvy writing guides in subjects such as biology, engineering, nursing, political science, anthropology, and sociology.
Her current book project——a monograph entitled Intended Consequences: What Students and Statistics Can tell Us About Writing Assessment— is the first book to look at student writing development through the lens of writing assessment.
Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, MIT’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She is a board member of Assessing Writing, Research in the Teaching of English, and The WAC Journal and serves on the NCTE College Steering Committee.
Selected articles since 2013
- Poe, M. (2015). Affirming the range and value of composition research. Symposium on “Critical Retrospections on the 1987 CCCC Position Statement ‘Scholarship in Composition: Guidelines for Faculty, Deans, and Department Chairs.’” College Composition and Communication, 66(3), 506-511.
- Poe, M., Elliot, N., Cogan, J., & Nurudeen, T. (2014). The legal and the local: Using disparate impact analysis to understand the consequences of writing assessment. College Composition and Communication, 65(5), 588-611.
- Poe, M. (2014). Guest editor, Diversity and International Writing Assessment special issue. Research in the Teaching of English, 48(3), 269-361.
- Lerner, N. & Poe, M. (2014). Writing and becoming a scientist: A longitudinal, qualitative study of three science undergraduates. In M. J. Curry and D. I. Hanauer (Eds.) Language, Literacy, and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics. (pp. 43-64) John Benjamins Publishing Company.
- Poe, M. (2013). Re-framing race in teaching writing across the curriculum, Across the Disciplines, 10(3). Available at http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/race/poe.cfm. Special issue on Anti-Racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and Writing
- Poe, M. (2013). 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). Available at http://www.digitalwriting.org/dwae/01_poe.html
- 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.
Awards and Honors
- Inoue, A. & Poe, M, Eds. (2012). Race and writing assessment. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.Winner of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Outstanding Book Award
in the Edited Collection, 2014.Reviewed in College Composition and Communication (65.3, 2014); Assessing Writing (18, 2013);
The Journal of Writing Assessment (Jan. 2013); Teachers College Record (June 21, 2013).
- Poe, M., Lerner, N. & Craig, J. (2010). Learning to communicate in science and engineering: Case studies from MIT. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Winner of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Advancement of
Knowledge Award, 2012.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).
- Poe, M. (2013). Re-framing race in teaching writing across the curriculum, Across the Disciplines, 10(3). Available at http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/race/poe.cfm. Special issue on Anti-Racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and WritingVoted Best of the Independent Rhetoric & Composition Journals 2013
- The Consequences of Writing Assessment
- Urban Appalachia: Language, race, and self-reflexivity in writing assessment scholarship
- Fairness and writing assessment
- Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
- Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)