Christine M. Dawson is a writer, teacher educator, and writing researcher. She is on the leadership team for the Empire State Writing Project Network (representing the eight New York sites of the National Writing Project), and she teaches curriculum studies and literacy courses to preservice teachers at the college level. She holds an appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany (SUNY).
Christine earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University, and she holds an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Christine taught secondary English for 10 years, served as an English department coordinator for a middle/high school, and was a literacy coach. She has been awarded several teaching awards, including Michigan State University College of Education’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award and New Jersey’s Middlesex County Teacher of the Year Award.
Christine’s research interests focus on writing studies and pedagogies, teacher education, curriculum design, and the significance of teachers’ own writing on their beliefs and pedagogical practices. She is the author of the 2017 book The Teacher-Writer: Creating Writing Groups for Personal and Professional Growth, which was featured in an NWP Radio broadcast on the value of teacher-writers. She presents regularly at national and international conferences, and her scholarly writing has been published in English Journal and Research in the Teaching of English. She also had the opportunity to work with Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer on the National Study of Writing Instruction, and she is a coauthor with them of Writing Instruction That Works: Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classrooms (Teachers College Press, 2013). She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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