Neil Baird

Neil Baird

Associate Professor
East Hall 402

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. in English, University of Nevada, Reno, 2007
MA in English, Idaho State University, 2003
BA in Secondary Education, Idaho State University, 1999

Area: Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Research Interests: Writing transfer;  research methods, specifically the discourse-based interview; writing centers; writing in the disciplines; writing beyond the university; grant writing; writing experiences of first-generation students, student-veterans, student-athletes, and nontraditional students; value in games

Works in progress

Proposed multi-institutional, mixed methods research for the 2019-2021 Elon Research Seminar “Writing Beyond the University”; drafting anthology chapter examining writing transfer as negotiation for first-generation students; drafting anthology chapter examining the potential of games studies heuristics for writing center work; conducting meta-analysis of the discourse-based interview in writing studies

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

“The Writing Strategies of First Generation College Students: Negotiation as a Metaphor for Adaptive Transfer.” Co-Authored with Bradley Dilger. Beyond Fitting In: Rethinking First-Gen Writing and Literacy Education. Ed. Kelly Ritter. (Chapter accepted; Anthology expected 2020.)

“Dispositions in Natural Science Laboratories: The Roles of Individuals and Contexts in Writing Transfer.” Co-Authored with Bradley Dilger. Across the Disciplines. (Forthcoming, 2018.)

“Networked Research, Networked Ethics.” Co-Authored with Bradley Dilger. Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. Eds. Brian McNely and Jeff Rice. Parlor Press, 2018. 242-247.

“Metaphors for Writing Transfer in the Writing Lives and Teaching Practices of Faculty in the Disciplines.” Co-Authored with Bradley Dilger. WPA: Writing Program Administration. 41.1 (2017): 102-24.

“How Students Perceive Transitions: Dispositions and Transfer in Internships.” Co-Authored with Bradley Dilger. College Composition and Communication 68.4 (2017): 684-712.

“NextGen Students and Undergraduate Ethnography: The Challenges of Studying Communities Born Digital.” The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Eds. Randall McClure and James Purdy. Information Today, Inc., 2013. 273-292.


“Building Writing Courses and Consulting Frameworks Based on Principles of Transfer as Recontextualization.” WIU Summer Stipend, 2013. $3,500.

“Barriers to Writing Transfer: Writing in the Major at the ‘2+2’ University” with Bradley Dilger. CWPA Targeted Research Grant, 2012-2013. $2,958.

“Barriers to Writing Transfer: Writing in the Major at the ‘2+2’ University” with Bradley Dilger.  CCCC Research Initiative Grant, 2012-2014. $10,000.

“Writing Transfer: Ease, Negotiation, and Writing in the Major” with Bradley Dilger. WIU University Research Council, 2011–12. $7,800.

Updated: 11/29/2018 02:20PM