Dr. Katherine Tirabassi
Dr. Tirabassi is an Associate Professor of English and Interim Director of the Center for Writing. She teaches creative nonfiction, professional writing, and first-year writing and coordinates the writing/publishing internship for English majors and writing minors and the training program for new Center for Writing tutors. She has published articles on archival research, composition pedagogy, writing center theory/practice, and sixteenth-century French writer and editor Marie de Gournay. Dr. Katherine E. Tirabassi earned her PhD at the University of New Hampshire, where she wrote her dissertation, "Revisiting the 'Current-Traditional Era': Innovations in Writing Instruction at the University of New Hampshire, 1940-1949, " which 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 on New England college and university campuses during the mid-1930s through the 1960s shaped ideas about the teaching of writing and created unique and fruitful connections among student writers among students, teachers, professional writers, editors and publishers.