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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83239

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

Research Outputs

Journal

Sampson, KA., Johnston, L., Comer, K., & Brogt, E. (2016). Developing evidence for action on the postgraduate experience: an effective local instrument to move beyond benchmarking. Higher Education Research and Development. 35(2), 337-351
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Johnston, L., Sampson, KA., Comer, KV., & Brogt, E. (2016). Using doctoral experience survey data to support developments in postgraduate supervision and support. International Journal of Doctoral Studies. 11, 185-203
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Milke, M., Upton, C., Koorey, G., O'Sullivan, A., & Comer, KV. (2013). Improving the Writing of Engineering Students through Portfolios. Conference Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. 2013, Retrieved from https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/8074/view
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Brogt, E., & Comer, K. (2013). Interpreting differences between the United States and New Zealand university students' engagement scores as measured by the NSSE and AUSSE. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 38(6), 713-736
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV., Clement, J., Brogt, E., & Obel, C. (2013). Postgraduate writing for publication workshops: Preparation for the past or for the future?. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs. (Special Issue 21), 1-16 Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Sampson, K., & Comer, KV. (2011). Engineering Research Teams: The Role of Social Networks in the Formation of Research Skills for Postgraduate Students. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 5(1),
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Mulvey, B., Winskowski, C., & Comer, K. (2011). University accreditation developments in Japan: Matching or moving beyond the US process. Higher Education Policy. 24(4), 535-553
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Brogt, E., Sampson, K., Comer, KV., Turnbull, MH., & McIntosh, AR. (2011). Using Institutional Research Data on Tertiary Performance to Inform Departmental Advice to Secondary Students. Journal of Institutional Research. 16(2), 26-41
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV., Brogt, E., & Sampson, K. (2011). Marked for Success – Secondary School Performance and University Achievement in Biology. Journal of Institutional Research. 16(2), 42-53
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV. (2010). Review of Lisa Nakamura’s Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet. American Studies in Scandinavia. 42(1), 117-119Retreived from http://ej.lib.cbs.dk/index.php/assc/issue/view/553
[Book Review]Authored by: Comer, K.
Sampson, KA., & Comer, K. (2010). When the governmental tail wags the disciplinary dog: Some consequences of national funding policy on doctoral research in New Zealand. Higher Education Research and Development. 29(3), 275-289
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV. (2010). Moving Past the Bridges of Silence: W. S. Merwin’s The Second Four Books of Poems. Tohoku Studies in American Literature. 34, 5-16 Retrieved from http://iss.ndl.go.jp/books/R100000002-I000000030508-00?locale=en&ar=4e1f
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV. (2004). Venice: ‘We who are fluent find life is a foreign language". Rendezvous. 27(2), 123-131
[Journal article]Authored by: Comer, K.

Book

van der Meer, J., & Comer, KV. (2011). International students’ experiences of engagement: Opportunities for enhancement. In A. Radloff, & H. Coates (Eds.) Student Engagement in New Zealand's Universities. Australia/New Zealand: Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
[Chapter]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV., & Brogt, E. (2011). Student engagement in relation to their field of study. In A. Radloff, & H. Coates (Eds.) Student Engagement in New Zealand's Universities. (pp. 11 - 21). Australia/New Zealand: Australian Council for Educational Research
[Chapter]Authored by: Comer, K.
Comer, KV.(1996). Strange Meetings: Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen and Poetry of War. : Chartwell-Bratt Ltd., Kent, UK, and Lund University Press, Sweden
[Authored Book]Authored by: Comer, K.

Report

Comer, KV. (2009). Developing Valid and Reliable Rubrics for Writing Assessment: Research and Practice. Ako Aotearoa.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comer, K.

Conference

Comer, KV. (2017, March). Writers’ interactions with grammar and style checking applications: Not drowning but waving. Presented at 68th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs). Portland, Oregon, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comer, K.
Milke, M., Comer, KV., Koorey, G., & Carpenter, L. (2014). Meeting the Communication Skill Needs of Employers with Professional Portfolios. Proceedings of the 25th annual conference of the Australasian Association for engineering education (AAEE 2014). (pp. 1054 - 1064). Wellington, New Zealand: 25th annual conference of the Australasian Association for engineering education
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comer, K.
Bergman, B., & Comer, KV. (2013, January). Developing the Chalmers Writing Guide: Challenges in creating a guide relevant to the needs of master thesis students. Presented at KUL2013: Conference on Teaching and Learning. Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comer, K.
Milke, MW., Upton, C., Koorey, GF., O'Sullivan, AD., & Comer, K. (2013). Improving the writing of engineering students through portfolios. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comer, K.
Suddaby, GT.(2011, March). Blending in: exploring blended approaches to student engagement. .
[Conference]Authored by: Comer, K.

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

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Academic Services Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Academic Services Administrator - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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