Paul Anderson

Professor of English, Emeritus
Former Director, Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence


Ph.D., University of Washington, 1975

B.A., Lehigh University

Research Interests

Technical and scientific communication

Writing across the curriculum

Research methods and methodology

Research ethics


Selected Publications

  • Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1987; second edition 1991; third edition 1995; fourth edition 1999; fifth edition 2003; sixth edition 2007.
  • “Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Research in Composition Studies,” College Composition and Communication 55 (2004): 479-484. [An official policy of the Conference on College Composition Communication that I co-authored with a committee of distinguished researchers, which I chaired.]
  • “The Three-Part Program for Preparing TAs to Lead Professional Communication Courses at Miami University (Ohio).” In Preparing College Teachers of Writing: Histories, Theories, Programs, and Practices. Edited by Betty Pytlik and Sarah Liggett. New York: Oxford, 2002. Co-authored with Todd DeLucca and Lisa Rosenberger.
  • “Simple Gifts: Ethical Issues in Person-Based Composition Research.” College Composition and Communication 49 (1998): 63-89. Anthologized in Trends and Issues in Postsecondary English Studies. Edited by National Council of Teachers of English. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1999, pp.102-132.

Work in Progress

Dr. Anderson is currently researching various ways to increase the positive impact of writing across the curriculum programs.