Neil Baird

Dr. Neil Baird

Dr. Neil Baird

  • Position: Director
  • Phone: 419-372-7549
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  • Address: 215F East Hall

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: 04/09/2021 09:52PM