Donna Qualley

Professor, Academic Advisor: Writing Studies Minor


A writing studies specialist with expertise in literacy studies and theories and practices of teaching and learning, she regularly teaches a range of writing, literacy and rhetoric courses and courses in young adult literature. She has also taught courses in ethnographic inquiry, grounded theory methods, and fairy tales. She is the author of Turns of Thought: Teaching Composition as Reflexive Inquiry and co-editor and contributor to Pedagogy in the Age of Politics, a collection of essays about reading and writing (in) the academy. She has written essays on writing and learning transfer, critical reading, collaborative writing, the teaching of writing and reading, and writing program administration.

Research Interests

  • Writing Studies
  • Literacy Studies
  • Writing and Reading Pedagogies
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Qualitative Methods and Research Writing
  • Young Adult Literature