Thomas Deans

Professor of English
University of Connecticut

Tom Deans is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where he leads efforts to promote writing across the curriculum and directs the University Writing Center, which has earned a CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. He has expertise in writing-intensive courses in the disciplines and writing center/WAC connections. At UConn he leads pedagogy workshops for faculty and teaching assistants and collaborates with departments from Art History to Mechanical Engineering on writing assessment. Recently he also launched a program to support doctoral students in biomedicine at UConn Health. He is founding co-editor of the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines, which includes volumes on anthropology, biology, engineering, music, nursing, political science, and sociology, and his research has appeared in venues ranging from College Composition and Communication to Across the Disciplines to The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has a longstanding interest in university/community partnerships, including how they can extend and enrich writing across the curriculum. He is the author of Writing Partnerships: Service-Learning in Composition and Writing and Community Engagement: A Service-Learning Rhetoric and Reader, as well as co-editor of Writing and Community Engagement: A Critical Sourcebook. Before coming to UConn, Tom was founding director of an interdisciplinary writing program at Haverford College, so he understands the dynamics of writing programs and faculty development at both small liberal arts colleges and large public universities.

Areas of Specialization

W/WI/Gen Ed/writing-in-the major requirements/pedagogy/support; faculty development in teaching writing across the disciplines; WAC/writing center connections; WID assessment; graduate writing support programming; WAC/WID/community engagement/community writing connection.

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