Anna Knutson

Writing Coach

Anna Knutson holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan, and she has twelve years of experience supporting writers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. For the past three years she has served as an English professor and a writing program administrator at Duquesne University and East Tennessee State University. Before that, Anna researched and taught writing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico, and she coached writers from all disciplines as an undergraduate writing consultant at the University of Washington. Anna first entered higher education because she cares deeply about supporting writers from all walks of life as they encounter new writing challenges in their academic and professional careers. Anna is from Seattle, WA, and when she is not thinking about writing and learning, she is spending time with her chihuahua mix, Biscuit.


Languages:  English

Why I Love Coaching

Hi! My name is Anna. Since I recently finished my PhD, I am particularly passionate about supporting writers as they navigate the unique (and complex!) writing challenges presented by graduate school. As a researcher, I am captivated by methods; I’m trained as a qualitative researcher, and I am always eager to learn about new methods. Given my interdisciplinary training in English, Education, and Gender Studies, I love to coach writers from all disciplines and language backgrounds.

Selected Publications

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Gold, D., Garcia, M., Knutson, A.V. (2019). Going public in an age of digital anxiety: How students negotiate the topoi of online writing environments. Composition Forum, 41.

Gere, A.R., Knutson, A.V., Limlamai, N., McCarty, R., & Wilson, E. (2018). A tale of two prompts: New perspectives on writing-to-learn assignments. The WAC Journal, 29, 147-167.

Gere, A.R., Knutson, A.V., & McCarty, R. (2018). Rewriting disciplines: STEM students’ longitudinal approaches to writing in (and across) the disciplines. Across the Disciplines, 15(3).

Davila, B., Bourelle, T., Bourelle, A., & Knutson, A.V. (2017). Linguistic diversity in online writing classes. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 41(1), 60-81.

Gere, A.R., Hutton, E., Keating, B., Knutson, A.V., Silver, N.E., & Toth, C.M. (2017). Mutual adjustments: Learning from and responding to transfer student writers. College English, 79(4), 333-357.

Bourelle, A., Bourelle, T., Knutson, A.V., & Spong, S. (2016). Sites of multimodal literacy: Comparing student learning in online and face-to-face environments. Computers and Composition, 39, 55-70.

Bourelle, T., Bourelle, A., Spong, S., Knutson, A.V., Howland-Davis, E., & Kubasek, N. (2015). Reflections in online writing instruction: Pathways to professional development. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 20(1).

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