About Doug

d-and-summer-snow-2015 I’ve been teaching college composition since 1997, spending the most time at the University of Utah (where I earned a ph.d. in Rhetoric & Composition in 2004), Utah Valley University , and (the past eight years) at Montana State University in Bozeman.

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Contact me at doug.downs@montana.edu

Along with developing writing majors at both UVU and MSU and directing the Writing Programs of both those institutions, my area of strongest focus is first-year composition pedagogy, particularly the writing-about-writing pedagogy I developed with Elizabeth Wardle in the mid-2000’s. This approach to writing instruction has become nationally popular and is supported by Wardle’s and my Writing About Writing textbook. I am also a strong proponent of undergraduate research, both on my own campus and nationally, and I currently serve as Editor of Young Scholars in Writing, the national peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research in rhetoric and writing studies.

Classes I most enjoy teaching at MSU include WRIT 205 Introduction to Writing Studies, WRIT 371 Digital Rhetorics and Multimodal Writing, WRIT 372 Science Writing, WRIT 374 Magazine Editing and Publishing, ENGL 450 Rhetoric and Composition, WRIT 494 Seminar in Research and Publication, ENGL 505 Teaching Composition, and ENGL 530 Writing Theory and Practice.