Associate 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
- ENGW 3307 Advanced Scientific Writing
- ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
- ENG 7395 Genres and Identities in Action
- ENG 7395 What is Good Writing?
Resume / CV
Mya Poe’s research focuses on the complex factors that constitute the assessment of writing and the development of academic writing expertise. She is particularly interested in ways that classroom and program instruction and assessment can be used to advance opportunity for linguistically and culturally diverse writers. Poe’s articles have appeared in College Composition and Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, the Journal of Writing Assessment, and Across the Disciplines. She has guest edited two special journal issues—a 2014 issue of Research in the Teaching of English on diversity and international writing assessment and a 2016 issue of College English on writing assessment and social justice. As a series editor of the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines, Poe and her co-editor work with faculty in the disciplines to develop accessible, savvy writing guides that detail the rhetorical expertise that novices in the field need to learn. Poe’s 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. Her co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment, won the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Book of the Year. Her most recent projects include Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity, a co-edited collection dedicated to historical and programmatic perspectives on writing assessment and justice, and Intended Consequences: Stories and Statistics of Writing Assessment, an empirical study of student writing development through the lens of writing assessment.
Poe’s teaching excellence has been recognized with the Northeastern University Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015. She is a board member of the Journal of Writing Analytics, Assessing Writing, Research in the Teaching of English, and The WAC Journal.
Selected articles since 2013
- Poe, M. & Inoue, A. B. (2016). Social justice and writing assessment: An idea whose time has come. [Guest editor introduction to special issue on writing assessment and social justice]. College English, 79(2), 115-122.
- Poe, M. & Cogan, J. (2016). Civil rights and writing assessment: Using the disparate impact approach as a fairness methodology to determine social impact. Journal of Writing Assessment, 9(1).
- 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). The consequences of writing assessment. [Guest editor introduction to special issue on diversity and international writing assessment]. Research in the Teaching of English, 48(3), 271-275.
- 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. Reprinted in (2016) V. Young and F. Condon (Eds.), Performing anti-racist pedagogy in rhetoric, writing, and communication. (pp. 87-105). Boulder, CO: WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado.
- 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
- Teaching Excellence Award, Northeastern University, 2015-2016.
- Outstanding Teaching Award, Northeastern University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2015-2016.
- Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Received for Race and Writing Assessment, 2014.
- Best of the Independent Rhetoric & Composition Journals 2013. Received for “Re-Framing Race in Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum,” published in Across the Disciplines, 10(3).
- Advancement of Knowledge Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Received for Learning to communicate in science and engineering: Case studies from MIT, 2012.
- “Writing in the disciplines.” In Kelly-Riley, D. & Elliot, N. Improving outcomes across disciplines: Fairness, evidence-Based assessment, and writing.
- “What is fair writing assessment?”
- “Lessons from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights: A review of cases from 2008-2017.”
- 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)