Erin Adamson has been with the GWP since Spring 2009 and specializes in teaching GS 750: Introduction to Graduate Writing and GS 710: Thesis/Dissertation Tutorials. Her professional experience as a news reporter and editor and as an academic writer in graduate school – and a love of reading about everything, from Geology to Latin American Studies – make her an enthusiastic ethnographer of good writing across disciplines. She is excited to help students develop their innate gifts and academic passions into writing that shines in their disciplines and speaks to their life experiences. Erin’s experiences living and attending University in Costa Rica, travelling widely in Central America and the Caribbean, teaching English conversation classes at the AEC, and now living in a bilingual family, make her especially attuned to the writing challenges that international graduate students face. She believes GWP classes, which are typically evenly split between international and domestic graduate students in a wide range of disciplines, provide an amazing training ground for students to develop their writing. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies, and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas.
Her scholarly interests lie in better understanding how faculty teach graduate students about what rhetoric and good writing looks like in their fields, and how graduate students experience the process of writing. In particular, her current research examines writing in the sciences, and how science students learn to be science writers through the mentoring of their advisors and other scientists. She is also exploring how graduate students approach the task of organizing their writing when they are grounded in cultures that value oral narrative that is reflexive and holistic, rather than grounded in dominant U.S. culture that values direct and linear presentation of ideas.