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Dr. Ann M Penrose

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Director, Graduate Programs


Nancy Penrose specializes in Rhetoric and Composition. She teaches undergraduate courses in rhetoric and scientific writing and graduate seminars in composition theory and pedagogy, empirical research methods, and writing in the research sciences. Research interests include writing pedagogy and program administration; cognitive processes in writing and reading, and socialization in disciplinary communities. Her work has appeared in Research in the Teaching of English, College Composition and Communication, Writing Program Administration, and Written Communication.  She and Steven B. Katz co-authored Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (Longman 2010).


  • PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie-Mellon University, 1987
  • M.A. in English from Georgetown University, 1980
  • B.A. in English from Franklin & Marshall College, 1977