American Univesity of Beirut

Erin Zimmerman

​Erin Zimmerman, Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. (Iowa State University) 

Erin Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department and is Director of the Writing Center and Writing in the Disciplines Program.

Her research has two main goals: to discover how various disciplines value communication similarly and differently, and to identify how instructors can aid students’ transfer of learning across disciplines and contexts. With those goals in mind, her dissertation project specifically examined how visual communication is used and valued in the disciplines of the biological sciences and composition. These interactions are useful for helping instructors locate instances to better inform students how visual and written communication are used in various ways and for different purposes both within their own discipline and across disciplines.

 Intrinsically connected with that research is her work with the Writing Center and Writing in the Disciplines Program, which centers on developing understanding of writing and the instruction of writing in all classes and disciplinary contexts across AUB. In the Writing Center, Erin collaborates with instructor, graduate, and undergraduate tutors in their training to offer mentoring services to all writers at AUB. Through this work, the tutors learn to be good audience members for writers, with the objective of helping them become better writers, and through that process of hopefully helping them improve each individual piece of writing. In the Writing in the Disciplines Program, Erin works with departments and individual instructors across the entire university to help them find ways to better integrate and manage writing in their courses; create and re-certify the General Education Writing in the Discipline courses; and develop methods for assessing student writing and writing courses.

Courses she has taught include: 

English 300  Writing in the Disciplines
English 263  Tutoring Writing
English 229  History of the English Language
Communication Skills courses 


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