In a newly endowed position, associate professor of philosophy Rory Smead will lead a new program that will weave together the humanities and non-humanities as part of Northeastern students’ education. ..
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Ph.D., 2006, English with concentration in Composition and Rhetoric
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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