Linda Adler-Kassner

University of California Santa Barbara

Topics: Putting equity into action through pedagogy; identifying and scaffolding disciplinary knowledge; writing and learning; metacognition (in the context of STEM/learning).

Availability: Summer 2021


Linda is the Faculty Director of CITRAL, and she is also a Professor of Writing Studies and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. She has been a writing teacher for almost 30 years, teaching undergraduate courses like first year writing (aka freshman composition) and writing and civic engagement and graduate courses on writing theory, practice, and assessment. In all of these roles, she works with faculty and students to study structures and practices associated with knowledge-making (like writing!), and to make those practices more accessible. I do all of this because I’m passionate about creating inclusive and equitable structures and activities for learners and teachers.  Lastly, she is author, co-author, or co-editor of 10 books and more than 55 articles and book chapters, including  Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies and (Re)Considering What We Know: Learning Thresholds in Writing, Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Read more here.


Relevant Published Work

February 2020

Adler-Kassner, Linda. “Designing for ‘More’: Writing’s Knowledge and Epistemologically Inclusive Teaching.” WAC Journal.


Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle, eds. (Re)Considering What We Know: Learning Thresholds in Writing, Composition, Literacy, and Rhetoric. University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press.

December 2017

Adler-Kassner, Linda. “Embracing Scrappiness: Troublesome Knowledge and Serendipity.” In Women’s Professional Lives in Rhetoric and Composition: Choice, Change, and Serendipity. Eds Elizabeth Flynn and Tiffany Bourelle. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, December 2017: 108-123.

July 2015

Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle, eds. Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies. Utah State University Press, July 2015. (Winner, Distinguished Contribution to the Discipline Award, Council of Writing Program Administrators).

May 2014

Adler-Kassner, Linda. “Liberal Learning, Professional Training, and Disciplinarity in the Age of Educational ‘Reform’: Remodeling General Education.” College English 76, 5 (May 2014): 436-457.

Updated 4/16/2021