Reinventing the University: EUI as Writing Initiative

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This article reports on the multi-year collaboration between the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) at the University of Illinois and the University's Rhetoric Program, a required first-year writing course. I argue that this collaboration was successful in large part because the goals of writing programmes in American higher education settings – teaching the process of research, inviting students to see themselves as producers of knowledge and fostering collaboration between peers – are highly consonant with principles of EUI. Indeed, my own history with EUI reflects the parallel commitment of Writing Studies and the methods and goals of EUI. I suggest that EUI can serve as a powerful model for universities if they seek to place undergraduate student research writing at the core of their mission.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalLearning and Teaching
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


  • ethnography
  • higher education
  • research
  • undergraduate writing
  • university


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