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Dr Keith Comer PhD (Oregon)

Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing/Writing Studies

School of English and Media Studies

I currently teach a range of face-to-face, flexible, and distance/online papers at Massey, currently including teaching Writing for the Public (139.244), The Publishing Project (139.340), Writing Creative Nonfiction (139.280), Gothic Literature (139.275), and the core BA paper Tu Kupu: Writing and Inquiry (230.111). Previously, I have taught in Sweden and the USA, led an academic development unit at another NZ university, and served as a faculty coordinator of instructional technology in the USA. My research interests include writing assessment, western American literature, travel writing, literature of place, the language and literature of war, and flexible and online pedagogy.

My background includes curricular design innovations involving peer mentoring programs in information technology and in information literacy for first year university students, and I have also developed graduate seminars in technology, literacy & pedagogy and in computers and language learning for secondary teachers. In addition to organizing Sweden’s first conference on writing instruction and computer use, I have served on the Computers and Composition journal’s editorial advisory board, am a founding member of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE), and also serve on the editorial board of Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE). I have supervised a range of postgraduate research projects, including work on student writing and peer review, website discourse analysis, memoirs by nurses in wartime, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, and computers and writing. I have supervised a range of postgraduate research projects, including work on student writing and peer review, website discourse analysis, memoirs by nurses in wartime, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, and computers and writing.

I currently teach a range of face-to-face, flexible, and distance/online papers at Massey, currently including teaching Writing for the Public (139.244), The Publishing Project (139.340), Writing Creative Nonfiction (139.280), Gothic Literature (139.275), and the core BA paper Tu Kupu: Writing and Inquiry (230.111). Previously, I have taught in Sweden and the USA, led an academic development unit at another NZ university, and served as a faculty coordinator of instructional technology in the USA. My research interests include writing assessment, western American literature, travel writing, literature of place, the language and literature of war, and flexible and online pedagogy.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: x83239; in NZ call 04 801 5799, extn. 83239; from abroad call +64 4 801 5799, extn. 83239
    Location: 4.47, Sir Geoffrey Peren(SGP) building
    Campus: Turitea Campus, Palmerston North

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (English) - University of Oregon (1992)
  • Master of Arts (English) - University of Oregon (1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) - University of Oregon (1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts (English) - University of Colorado (1982)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

academic writing; composition (writing); writing assessment; war literature; war poetry; nonfiction writing; American literature; Walt Whitman; Wilfred Owen; W.S. Merwin; Jim Harrison; professional writing; computer-assisted language learning (CALL); higher education; student engagement; postgraduate supervision

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503):
Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103):
Journalism and Professional Writing (190300):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): North American Literature (200506):
Professional Writing (190302): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Technical Writing (190303)

Keywords

academic writing; composition (writing); war literature; American literature; writing assessment; war poetry; nonfiction writing;  Walt Whitman; Wilfred Owen; W.S. Merwin; Jim Harrison; professional writing; computer-assisted language learning (CALL); flexible learning; higher education; student engagement; postgraduate supervision

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • August – November 2015 - Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
    Better Business Writing seminars and workshops for a range of staff (from administrators to engineers) with this government agency.
  • January – April 2012 - Tectra Ltd
    Consultant on the development of blended learning options for Christchurch-based Tectra Ltd.
  • November 2011 - Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon, USA
    Consultant on blended and distance learning initiatives with Eastern Oregon University.

Languages

  • Swedish
    Last used: 2012-2013
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

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