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Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing

MN bridgeInterdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) is the research program within the Center for Writing. ISW supports research into the ways in which writing can foster learning in and across the disciplines.

What do we mean by “interdisciplinary”?

The history of the ISW program involves changing and varied engagements with questions of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. For this reason, here we take a moment to explain what “interdisciplinary” means for us now. Central to ISW is the idea that the practice of researching writing is not just for English or Writing Studies scholars. Accordingly, in our grants, events, and consultations, we encourage research in all disciplines, from Nursing to Computer Science to Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies. The ISW program speaks to a recognition that the research of writing finds its way into many disciplines, and can be relevant across disciplines.

Become involved

The ISW program funds research that spans theory and practice; creates connections throughout the University community by promoting discussion on the study and teaching of writing; and highlights national and international opportunities for presentation and publication on writing in and across disciplines.

Research grants

The Center’s Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing program offers grants to support the research of University of Minnesota scholars and teachers into writing and literacy. The application process involves two parts; the first part, submitting a letter of intent, must be completed by Monday, February 3, 2020.

Research consultations

Whether or not you intend to apply for an ISW research grant, program director Katie Levin (she/her/hers) welcomes the opportunity to talk with you about your ideas for research involving teaching with and learning through writing. Contact Katie at 612.624.7720 or


ISW Research Colloquium

Friday, November 8, 2019
135 Nicholson Hall

Join a disciplinarily diverse group of University of Minnesota faculty and staff for the ISW Writing Research Colloquium, an annual presentation and discussion of recent research projects funded by the Center for Writing's Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) grants:

Teacher Conceptualizations and Implementation of Genre-Based Writing Pedagogy
Kate Paesani, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Exploring Relevant Writing Instruction for Asian International Students: The Case of Korean International Students
Jungyeol Park, Curriculum & Instruction

Lunch will be provided to the first 20 registrants. Register here!

Other conference and publication opportunities

Calendar of Calls for Papers/Proposals

From Traci Gardner, a calendar of CFPs in rhetoric, composition, technology, and technical writing. Includes instructions for how to add this resource to your own Google calendar.

Writing Research Across Borders V

March 11–14, 2020
Xi'an International Studies University, Xi'an, China

International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2020

June 3–6, 2020
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado



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Katie Levin
10 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 612.624.7720