Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation, Professor of English, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar



Mike Palmquist is Associate Provost, Professor of English, and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, where he supports university-wide efforts to enhance learning and teaching in face-to-face, blended, and distance courses. His scholarly interests include writing across the curriculum, the effects of computer and network technologies on writing instruction, and new approaches to scholarly publishing.

His work has appeared in journals including College English, College Composition and Communication, ADE Bulletin, Computers and Composition, Written Communication, Writing Program Administration, Marketing Education Review, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Kairos, and Social Forces, as well as in edited collections. Since 1992, he has coordinated the development of Writing@CSU ( and its web-based learning environment, the Writing Studio. He is also founding editor of the WAC Clearinghouse (

Palmquist is the author of In Conversation (2018), Joining the Conversation: Writing in College and Beyond (third edition, 2017), The Bedford Researcher (sixth edition, 2018), Designing Writing (2005), The Bedford Bibliographer (a web-based citation tool released in 2006), the Bedford Research Room (a website for students and instructors), and the software program Research Assistant/HyperFolio for English, 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.

Palmquist 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 the 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, he 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.


Selected Recent Publications

Palmquist, M., and Barbara Wallraff. (2018). In Conversation. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Palmquist, M. (2018). The Bedford Researcher, 6th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Palmquist, M., and Barbara Wallraff. (2017). Joining the Conversation: A Guide and Handbook for Writers, 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

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.

Walker, Janice R., Kristine Blair, Douglas Eyman, Bill Hart-Davidson, Mike McLeodd, Jeff Grabill, Fred Kemp, Mike Palmquist, James P. Purdy, Madeleine Sorapure, Christine Tulley, and Victor J. Vitanza. (2011). Computers and Composition 20/20: A Conversation Piece, or What Some Very Smart People Have to Say about the Future. Computers and Composition 28(4), 327-346.

Palmquist, Mike. (2013). The Role of Metaphor in the Development of an Instructional Writing Environment. In George Pullman and Baotong Gu (Eds.), Designing Web-Based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms (pp. 51-67). Amityville, NY: Baywood.

Palmquist, Mike, Mullin, Joan, and Blalock, Glenn. (2012). The Role of Activity Analysis in Writing Research: Case Studies of Emerging Scholarly Communities. In Lee Nicholson and Mary P. Sheridan (Eds.), Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies (pp. 231-244). Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Recent Keynote Addresses and Conference Presentations

Palmquist, M. “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.

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

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

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

Palmquist, M. “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.

Palmquist, M. “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.

Palmquist, M. “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.

Palmquist, M. “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.

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

Palmquist, M. “Recruiting, Orienting, and Supporting Online Adjunct Faculty.” WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET 2015), Denver, November 11-13, 2015.

Palmquist, M. “Use Your Power Wisely: The Rhetoric of Upper-Level Administration.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, March 18–21, 2015.

Palmquist, M. “Digital Badges as Value Add for Degree Attainment: Institutional Perspectives.” UPCEA-ACE Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy, San Antonio, Texas, January 20-22, 2015.