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Neil P. Baird

Assistant Professor
Director, University Writing Center
Writing Studies
Ph.D. in English | University of Nevada, Reno

Email np-baird@wiu.edu
Office 213 Simpkins Hall: 309-255-7103
Office hours M,Th 1-2, W 3:30-5:30 (SP14)
Web page www.wiu.edu/uwc

Dr. Neil Baird’s current research examines how students learn to write in their majors.  He is specifically interested in barriers to disciplinary enculturation.  His ongoing ethnographic and case study research explores the role the body plays in the writing of collegiate football players, how perceptions of ownership influence thesis writing group discourse at the MA level, and barriers to transfer in 300-/400-level writing courses.  His research also investigates how advances in computer technology and social networking are transforming rhetorical theory and qualitative research methodologies. 

Dr. Baird continues this research at Western Illinois University, where he teaches writing studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and directs the University Writing Center.

Dissertation:

"The Embodied Literacies of Collegiate Football Players"

Recent Publications:

"NextGen Students and Undergraduate Ethnography: The Challenges of Studying Communities Born Digital." The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Eds. James P. Purdy and Randall McClure. [Forthcoming; Information Today, Inc.]

"Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorials as Image Events: Exorcising the Specter of Vietnam" Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 6.2 (2009): http://enculturation.gmu.edu/6.2/baird.