General Program Information | About the Directors
Meet the Campus Writing and Speaking Program Directors

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Chris M. Anson is University Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program. Before coming to NC State, Chris spent fifteen years at the University of Minnesota, where he directed the Composition Program from 1988-96 and was Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the State of Minnesota's Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to one faculty member among 3,000 in the University of Minnesota system. He has published widely in his field, including both scholarship and pedagogical applications, and has consulted or spoken at dozens of institutions across the United States and in 18 foreign countries. He has recently finished a new book on digital literacies with Richard Beach, Lee-Ann Breuch, and Thom Swiss, which is due to appear in the fall of 2008. [more details]

Deanna P. Dannels is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Graduate Teaching Assistant Development and Associate Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program. Deanna received her Ph.D. and MA from the University of Utah, where she was the recipient of a campus wide research grant for her cross-curricular work, as well a College of Humanities award for teaching excellence in the Humanities. At NC State, Dr. Dannels was the recipient of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for her extraordinary commitment to teaching, research and service. She was also the recipient of the Richard Felder Award for Outstanding Service in Support of Teaching and Learning—an award recognizing extraordinary faculty development support in her communication across the curriculum work. Her research explores theoretical and curricular protocols for designing, implementing and assessing oral communication within the disciplines. She has published widely in areas of instructional communication, composition, teaching and learning of orality, engineering education, business and technical communication, oral communication genres, and professional identity construction. [more details]