Edward M. White

Edward M. White

Edward M. White is a visiting scholar in English at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, San Bernardino, where he served prolonged periods as English department chair and coordinator of the upper-division university writing program. He has been coordinator of the state-wide CSU Writing Skills Improvement Program and for over a decade was director of the English Equivalency Examination program. On the national scene, he directed the consultant/evaluator service of WPA for fifteen years and in 1993 was elected to a second term on the executive committee of CCCC. His Teaching and Assessing Writing (1985) has been called “required reading” for the profession; a new edition in 1994 received an MLA Mina Shaughnessy award “for outstanding research.” He is author of more than one hundred articles and book chapters on literature and the teaching of writing, and has coauthored five English composition textbooks, most recently Inquiry (2004) and The Promise of America (2006). His Developing Successful College Writing Programs was published in 1989, and his latest book, with Norbert Elliot and Irvin Peckham, Very Like a Whale: The Assessment of  Writing Programs is being published in 2015. He is also coeditor of three essay collections for the  MLA and SIU presses. His work has recently been recognized by the publication of Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White (2012) and  by the 2011 Exemplar Award from the CCCC.

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