Dr. Katherine Tirabassi
Dr. Tirabassi is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing. She teaches creative nonfiction, professional writing, the training program for new Center for Writing tutors, and she coordinates the writing/publishing internship for English majors and writing minors. She has published articles on archival research, composition pedagogy, writing center theory/practice, and sixteenth-century French writer and editor Marie de Gournay, and she has co-written a book on civic engagement with Dr. Darrell Hucks and Dr. Tanya Sturtz. Dr. Tirabassi earned her PhD at the University of New Hampshire in 2007. Her dissertation, "Revisiting the 'Current-Traditional Era': Innovations in Writing Instruction at the University of New Hampshire, 1940-1949, " received the 2008 College Composition and Communication Conference James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award. She is working on a book that extends her dissertation research, discussing how extracurricular writing efforts at New England colleges and universities during the mid-1930s through the early 1960s shaped ideas about the teaching of writing and created unique and fruitful connections among student writers, teachers, professional writers, editors and publishers.