Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar



Mike Palmquist is Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University. Prior to returning to his role as a faculty member in the 2020-’21 academic year, Mike served for fourteen years in various university leadership roles, including founding director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), director of CSU Online (CSU’s Division of Continuing Education), and Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation. His scholarly interests include writing across the curriculum, the effects of computer and network technologies on writing instruction, and new approaches to scholarly publishing.

Mike's work has appeared in journals including College English, College Composition and Communication, ADE Bulletin, Computers and Composition, Kairos, Written Communication, Writing Program Administration, Marketing Education Review, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Social Forces, as well as in edited collections. Since 1992, he has coordinated the development of Writing@CSU ( Since 1997, he has served as founding editor and publisher of the WAC Clearinghouse (, a publishing collaborative that provides open-access to more than 125 scholarly books, several academic journals, and a wide range of instructional and professional resources.

Mike is the author of several books, including the textbooks In ConversationJoining the Conversation: Writing in College and BeyondThe Bedford Researcher, and Designing Writing, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's. He is co-author, with Kate Kiefer, Jake Hartvigsen, and Barbara Godlew, of Transitions: Teaching Writing in Computer-Supported and Traditional Classrooms, published in 1998 by Ablex, and co-author, with Don Zimmerman, of Writing with a Computer, published in 1999 by Allyn and Bacon.

Mike is a member-at-large of the executive board of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum, a trustee of the University Press of Colorado, and a member of the editorial boards of several journals. He served as chair of the National Council of Teachers of English College Section Steering Committee and as a member of the NCTE Executive Committee from 2009 to 2011. He served as chair of the NCTE College Section Steering Committee Working Group on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty, whose policy statement and recommendations were endorsed by the NCTE Executive Committee and published on the NCTE website in 2010.

In 2004, Mike was the recipient of the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field, awarded by Computers and Composition. In 2006, he was presented with the Outstanding Technology Innovator by the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication. He was named a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2000.


Selected Recent Publications

Palmquist, M. (2020). Learning Analytics in Writing Instruction: Implications for Writing Across the Curriculum. In Lesley Erin Bartlett, Sandra L. Tarabochia, Andrea R. Olinger, & Margaret J. Marshall (Eds.), Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Learning, and Writing Across the Curriculum: IWAC at 25 (pp. 53-70). The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Palmquist, M., and Barbara Wallraff. (2020). In Conversation, 2nd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.  (1st edition, 2018)

Palmquist, M. (2020). Joining the Conversation: A Guide for Writers, 4th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. (3rd edition, 2017; 2nd edition, 2015; 1st edition, 2010)

Palmquist, M. (2019). Directions in Writing Analytics: Some Suggestions. Journal of Writing Analytics, 3, 1-12.

Palmquist, M. (2019). Open or Closed: Observations on Open-Access Publishers. In John R. Gallagher and Danielle Nicolle Devoss (Eds.), Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition (pp. 199-205). Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.

Palmquist, M. (2018). The Bedford Researcher, 6th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. (5th edition, 2015; 4th edition, 2012; 3rd edition, 2009; 2nd edition, 2006; 1st edition, 2003)

Doe, Sue, and Mike Palmquist. (2014). An Evolving Discourse: The Shifting Uses of Position Statements on Contingent Faculty. ADE Bulletin 153 and ADFL Bulletin 42(3), 23-34. DOIs 10.1632/ade.153.23 and 10.1632/adfl.42.3.23.

Day, M., Delagrange, S. H., Palmquist, M., Pemberton, M. A., and Walker, J. R. (2013). What We Really Value: Redefining Scholarly Engagement in Tenure and Promotion Protocols. College Composition and Communication 65(1), 185-208.

Recent Keynote Addresses and Conference Presentations

Palmquist, M. “Are We There Yet? Models for Open-Access Publishing and Open Education Resources in Writing Studies.” 18th Annual Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies Landmark Lecture. San Diego State University, October 10, 2019.

“Using Writing to Improve Student Learning, Critical Thinking, and Professional Skills.” Singapore Institute of Technology Faculty Retreat 2019: Communication in the Professions. Singapore, May 3, 2019. Keynote address.

“Engaging with WAC: Linking Writing, Critical Thinking, and Student Engagement.” North Carolina State University Campus Writing and Speaking Program, March 28, 2019.

“Writing, Engagement, and Critical Thinking: Using Writing to Enhance Student Learning.” University of Georgia, February 13, 2019.

“Pragmatics, Possibilities, and Potential Ethical Pitfalls: The Promise and Perils of Learning Analytics Writ Large.” 7th International Conference on Writing Analytics, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, January 26, 2019. Featured Address.

“Writing Across the Curriculum: Futures.” Hong Kong Polytechnic University. December 5, 2018. Closing plenary session with Marty Townsend, Terry Myers Zawacki, and Julia Chen.

“WAC and Critical Thinking: Exploring Productive Relationships.” 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum. Hong Kong Polytechnic University. December 4, 2018. Opening Keynote.

“WAC and Critical Thinking: Enhancing Student Learning through Writing.” Valencia College Reading and Writing Conference 2017. Orlando, Florida. September 23, 2017. Keynote.

“The Power of Story: The Role of Narrative in Shaping and Interpreting Our Actions.” 6th American Midwest Confucius Institute Director Conference. Fort Collins, Colorado, September 3, 2016. Keynote.

“Thinking Back While Looking Forward: Lessons from IWAC 2016. Closing Plenary Session. 13th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 23-25, 2016. Plenary session.

“Town Hall: The Moral Imperative of Making Your Work Open Access, and How to Do It.” Closing Plenary Session. Presented at the Computers and Writing Conference, Pullman, Washington, May 18-22, 2016. Plenary session.

“Town Hall: Recovering Pasts for the Future.” Opening Plenary Session. Presented at the Computers and Writing Conference, Pullman, Washington, May 18-22, 2016. Plenary session.

“Principles for Online Teaching.” China-US Innovation Forum on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Anhui University. Hefei, Anhui Province, China, October 15, 2015. Keynote.


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