Associate Professor Lisa Emerson

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Associate Professor

School of English & Media Studies

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Room Building 9, Colombo Village, Turitea
Ph: 81997

Professional

Professional Biography

My scholarly work falls into two categories.

1. Science writing. My doctoral thesis focused on the integration of writing into the science curriculum in higher education, and this has led to a career teaching science writing (to undergraduate and graduate students) and researching scientists as writers. I was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship in 2012 to develop scholarly work on mathematicians and senior scienitsts as writers. I am currently investigating the beleifs, attitudes, experiences and development of scientists and mathematicians as writers.

2. Tertiary teaching. As an award winning teacher (including the Prime Minister's Supreme Teaching Award 2008), I focus the second strand of my research on the effective teaching of writing, and especially the transition of students in low decile schools into academic literacy. My teaching related research also investigates attitudes to plagiarism, New Zealand writing programmes, infomration literacy, learning advising, writing centres, peer tutoring, and the attitudes of tertiary teachers. I was awarded a TLRI grant in 2012 to integrate academic literacy into the senior curriculum of 5 low decile schools in the Palmerston North-Whanganui regions.

My primary interests are science writing, scientists as writers, academic writing, plagiarism, and transitions to academic literacy. As well as this, I have interests in New Zealand writing programmes, and learning advising in New Zealand. I have supervised PhD theses on Writing Centres in Malaysia, Integrating Information literacy into the tertiary curriculum, Supporting mature students into academic literacy, and Learning Advising within disciplines.

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Science writing

scientists as writers

mathamtics and writing

plagiarism

writing centre theory and practice

academic literacy

transitions to academic literacy

information literacy

mature students in higher education

learning advising in New Zealand

New zealand writing programmes

metaphors in tertiary teaching

integrating writing into the curriculum

writing in the disciplines

writing across the curriculum

Research Opportunities

  • Transitions to academic literacy  (1/1/2013) We are working on a project which aims to support students from low decile schools transition into academic literacy. This project is funded by the TLRI.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Communication Studies (200101):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204): Higher Education (130103):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105):
Other Education (139900): Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212): Technical, Further and Workplace Education (130108)

Keywords

Academic writing

Science writing

Scientists as writers

Writing in mathematics

Writing Centers

Academic writing

Plagiarism

Transitions to academic literacy

information literacy

learning advising in New Zealand

New Zealand writing programmes

metaphors in tertiary teaching

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Project Title: Developing the science writer

This project investigates scientist as writers. Most scientists spend most of their day writing and communicating with others, and scientific knowledge is developed through writing. But almost no research has been conducted which investigates scientists' beliefs, attitudes, experiences and development as writers. This project addresses this gap in the literature. I have conducted interviews with 135 scientists in four countries, from 16 research institutions. These scientists come from a range of scientific disciplines, and are at different stages of their careers - senior scientists, emerging scientists, and graduate science students. From these interviews, I am creating literacy narratives, which describe scientists' different experiences and views about writing. The book that emerges from this research provides valuable insights for scientists who wish to develop a deeper understanding of their own writing, and for writing teachers who need to understand the lived experiences of scientists as writers.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2012

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs

Journal

Emerson, L., & Mansvelt, J. (2014). 'If they're the customer, I'm the meat in the sandwich': An exploration of tertiary teachers' metaphorical constructions of teaching. Higher Education Research and Development. 33(3), 469-482
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L., Mansvelt, J.

Emerson, LE., & Mansvelt, J. (2014). Buckets and fire: metaphors in tertiary teaching. Studies in Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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Emerson, LE., & Pittaway, G. (2013). Scores from another ground. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs. 21(October 2013), 1-6 Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue21/content.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., & Feekery, A. (2013). Embedding information literacy and writing development into the disciplines. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs. 21(October 2013), 1-16 Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue21/content.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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Emerson, L., & MacKay, B. (2011). A comparison between paper-based and online learning in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology. 42(5), 727-735
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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MacKay, BR., Emerson, L., MacKay, MB., Funnell, KA., & Welsh, TE. (1999). Challenging the pedagogy of tertiary level horticulture. HortTechnology. 9(2), 272-276
[Journal article]Authored by: Emerson, L., MacKay, M.

Book

Emerson, LE. (2012). Developing a “kiwi” Writing Centre at Massey University, New Zealand. In C. Thaiss, G. Brauer, P. Carlino, L. Ganobcsik-Williams, & A. Sinha (Eds.) Writing Programes Worldwide: Profiles of Academic writing in Many Places. (pp. 313 - 323). : The WAC Clearing House and Parlor Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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Emerson, LE. (2011). The life cycle of the scientific writer. In New Directions in International Writing Research. : Parlor Press and Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE. (2011). I am a writer: Unlocking fear and releasing possibility in the classroom. In I. Hay (Ed.) Inspiring Academics: Learning with the World's Great University Teachers. (pp. 127 - 134). Maidenhead, UK: McGraw Hill (Open University Press)
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., & Clerehan, R. (2009). Writing program administration outside the North American context. In D. Strickland, & J. Gunner (Eds.) The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse. (pp. 166 - 174). Portsmouth NH, United States: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE. (2008). Plagiarism, a Turnitin trial, and an experience of cultural disorientation. In C. Eisner, & M. Vicinus (Eds.) Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age. (pp. 183 - 194). Ann Arbor MI, United States: The University of Michigan Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Gray, FE., Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR. (2008). Oral communication competencies in the science classroom and the scientific workplace. In CL. Petroselli (Ed.) Science Education Issues and Developments. (pp. 223 - 238). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.

Emerson, ., L, ., Hampton, ., & Eds, J. (Eds.) (2005). Writing Guidelines for Science and Applied Science Students. Southbank, VIC: Thomson/Dunmore Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, L. (Ed.) (2005). Writing guidelines for business students. Southbank, VIC: Thomson/Dunmore Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Ed, LE. (Ed.) (2005). Writing guidelines for social science students. Southbank, VIC: Thomson/Dunmore Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., & Hampton, JG. (Eds.) (2005). Writing guidelines for science and applied science students. Southbank, VIC: Thomson/Dunmore Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., MacKay, BR., Funnell, KA., & MacKay, MB. (2003). Writing in a New Zealand tertiary context: WAC and action research. In SQ. Ed (Ed.) Language and learning across the disciplines. (pp. 110 - 132). Chicago, IL: Illinois Institue of Technology
[Chapter]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, L., & Eds, BT. (Eds.) (2003). Hot ink 2: writing by Massey university's 2003 creative writing students. Wellington, NZ: Steele Roberts Aotearoa
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, L., & Eds, BT. (Eds.) (2002). Hot ink: Writing by Massey university's creative writing students. Wellington, NZ: Steele Roberts Aotearoa
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, L. (Ed.) (2000). Writing guidelines for business students. Palmerston North: The Dunmore Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Emerson, L.

Conference

Emerson, LE., Fry, P., & Skyrme, G. (2013). “Like-minded people, all going through the same thing”: A voluntary study group for mature students in their first semesters at university. Create & Collaborate: Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugral Conference 2012. (pp. 70 - 82). : Inaugural Conference of the Foundation and Bridging Educators New
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., & Feekery, A. (2011). Promoting information literacy development by assessing the research process in first-year tertiary assessments.. In M. Hodis, & S. Kaiser (Eds.) http://www.victoria.ac.nz/education/pdf/jhc-symposium/Assessment-Learner-Outcomes-2011-Symposium-Proceedings.pdf. (pp. 111 - 126). Wellington: Assessment and Learner Outcomes
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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Emerson, LE.The Lifecycle of the Sientific Writer: Investigating How Scientists Become Writers of Science. . George Mason University, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, USA
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., Rowan, L., & Stace-Davies, M.(2008). Mapping the writing process. . Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Emerson, L., Rowan, L., Stace-Davies, M.
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Emerson, LE. (2009). Reading and Writing science: The advanced science writing class. 2008 TWN Conference Proceedings. (pp. 1 - 19). : From Here to There (2008 TWN Conference)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.
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Emerson, LE., & MacKay, B.Online vs paper-based formative assessment in the writing classroom. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Gray, FE., Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR. (2008). ''Talking the talk'' industry and student perspectives on oral communication in science education. In J. Tebbutt (Ed.) Communications, Civics, Industry: 2007 Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. (pp. 1 - 11).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.
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Gray, FE., Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR. (2007). Talking the talk: Industry and student perspectives on oral communication in science education. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference. (pp. 1 - 11).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Gray, FE., Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR.(2007). 'Talking the talk': Industry and students perspectives on oral communication in science education. . Melbourne, VIC
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.
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Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2007). Challenges of adult literacy teaching: Views of training providers and their students. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 105 - 118). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.

Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Murray, N. (2007). Learning from and with the community: Creating methodology in the adult literacy and employment project. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 68 - 79). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Coloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.
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Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., & Comrie, M. (2007). Cogitating on our roles as collaborators in participatory action research community-based projects. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 213 - 223). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.
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Bee Hoon, T., & Emerson, LE. (2007). "Where are we going wrong?": Investigating the English written skills needs of undergraduate students in Malaysia. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 199 - 211). Palmerston North: Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.Edited by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.
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MacKay, M., & Emerson, L. (2007). A model for using writing-to-learn strategies in a landscape management course. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloqiuum 2006. (pp. 148 - 158). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Colloqium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L., MacKay, M.Edited by: Emerson, L.
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MacKay, BR., Emerson, LE., & Rees, MT. (2005). Plagiarism in the science classroom: Misunderstandings and models. 2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference. Vol. 2 (pp. 1 - 12).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L., Rees, M.

Gray, FE., Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR. (2004). What does an employer want? Research into the 'market' for writing skills. In DW. Ed (Ed.) Writing for a Change: Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. (pp. 183 - 189). Wellington, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L., Gray, F.

MacKay, MB., Emerson, L., Funnell, KA., & MacKay, BR. (2005). Journal writing as a tool for learning in landscape management and horticultural science. Acta Horticulturae. Vol. 672 (pp. 233 - 239).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Tan, BH., & Emerson, LE. (2002). Tutoring ESL writers on-line. In . Kinshuk, R. Lewis, K. Akahori, R. Kemp, T. Okamoto, L. Henderson, . . . C-HL. Eds (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers in Education. Vol. 1 (pp. 209 - 210). Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE., & MacKay, BR. (2002). People matter too: Creating and maintaining an online community of writers. In AK. Ed (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th Biennial TWN Colloquium. (pp. 101 - 108). Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Emerson, LE. (2002). "Why don't you measure anything?" Should writing teachers be considering a more quantitative approach to integrating writing programmes?. In AK. Ed0 (Ed.) 5th Biennial Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. (pp. 109 - 116). Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

MacKay, BR., & Emerson, LE. (2000). Web-based assessment of writing skills. In H. Cooper, & SC. Eds (Eds.) Fourth International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference. (pp. 171 - 182). Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Emerson, L.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

My teaching areas are very varied. I teach science writing and sceince communication, academic writing, and writing centre theory and practice. I have taught academic writing in all disciplines (business, education, social sciences, sciewnce and technology).

Papers Coordinated

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Martin McMorrow - PhD
    How can constructing the role of a writing consultant embedded in a disciplinary programme help to clarify, develop and define the perceived expertise of a learning advisor within a New Zealand tertiary context?
  • Prue Fry - PhD
    Does a study group targeting mature students, with content informed by approaches to writing and sociocultural theory, help these students in their transitions to academic writing?

Completed Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Angela Feekery- PhD
    Conversation and Change: Integrating Information Literacy to Support Learning in the New Zealand Tertiary Context
  • 2007 - Bee Tan- PhD
    On-line Writing Laboratories and their application to ASEAN countries

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