Interdisciplinary Writing Program encourages continuous refinement and
improvement of writing skills to enhance students’ successful learning
experiences across the disciplines and to prepare them for a competitive job
|We pursue excellence in writing and communication in complex and diverse environments through working actively with NAU students and faculty across the disciplines.|
and research resources online and face-to-face for students and faculty.
and research, document design, and presentation skills workshops for students.
- Integrating writing into disciplinary curricula workshops for faculty and workshops on grading student writing
in conjunction with our Faculty
sessions through our University
- Engaging with the broader Flagstaff community through our Community
|We participate in university-wide efforts to align NAU's writing requirements with national standards and workplace needs by:|
- Revising the
junior-level writing requirements in collaboration with the Liberal
- Reviewing the integration of
writing in 100-400 level courses across the disciplines.
- Exploring opportunities for
creating a 200-level writing-focused transition course.
|We foster a passion for writing through our internship program. We encourage project-based learning where students:|
- Designing, researching, analyzing, and
implementing projects on NAU’s culture of writing.
- Creating data-driven projects to
increase awareness of the importance of written communication in students’
- Producing online projects that influence
and improve writing among their peers.
Who We Are
University Writing Commons Coordinator
Chase Edwards is the University Writing Commons Coordinator. Before moving to Flagstaff, she led mountaineering courses in the North Cascades of Washington and taught environmental science courses in southern California. She holds an MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University.
Interdisciplinary Writing Program Coordinator
Brian Marbury is the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program. He holds a BS in Political Science and a MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. His research interests focus on the political economy of food and agriculture in the United States, social movements, social change, and political theory.
Nancy G. Barrón
Interdisciplinary Writing Program Director
Dr. Nancy G. Barron is a professor in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies, Department of English. She is also the Director of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary writing, cross-cultural literacy, technical writing, scientific writing, rhetorics of identity and literacies, and the rhetorics of inclusivity and power.
Sibylle Gruber is a professor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on literacy studies, gender studies, rhetoric and cultures, digital literacy, writing theory and practice, rhetorical approaches to travel writing, and the rhetorics of sustainability.
Alana Kuhlman is an instructor in Rhetoric, Writing, and
Digital Media Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on how best to
teach interdisciplinary writing, how to integrate feedback on writing in the
professions, and how to provide effective writing instruction for multicultural
We are dedicated to the four pillars of communication success:
Writing, Research, Design, Presentation