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13th Annual John M. Burns Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Dr. Peter Elbow
Using Writing, Not Teaching Writing

Named in honor of Professor John M. Burns for his support of the teaching mission at Texas Tech University, the conference will feature renowned scholar of writing pedagogy, Dr. Peter Elbow. Dr. Elbow is a Professor of English Emeritus at UMass Amherst. He directed the Writing Program there--and earlier at SUNY Stony Brook. He also taught at M.I.T., Franconia College, and Evergreen State College. The National Council of Teachers awarded Dr. Elbow with the James Squire Award "for his transforming influence and lasting intellectual contribution" to the profession. The Conference on College Composition and Communication gave him the Exemplar Award for "representing the highest ideals of scholarship, teaching, and service."

Session Description: Teachers in all disciplines can give an enormous boost to students' skill in writing if they find as many occasions as possible to use writing in ways that focus on learning the subject matter of the course. The goal is for students not to feel they are being taught writing--and for teachers not to feel as though they are teaching writing. In Dr. Elbow’s talk and workshop, he will demonstrate and illustrate many ways in which we can get students to use writing entirely in the interests of learning the subject matter of the course.

Please visit to enroll. The conference will be held in Room 151 of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (first floor, library). There will be a morning session from 10:30 to 12:00, lunch provided from 12:00 to 1:00 and an afternoon session from 1:00 to 2:30. Please feel free to join us for either the morning or afternoon session or both! We request your registration so that we may plan refreshments accordingly. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Kimberly Leigh at or (806) 834-2399.

Kimberly Leigh


Teaching Learning and Prof Dev Ctr

Event Information
Time: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Event Date: 9/19/2014

Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center- Room 151