Bio of the Special Assistant to the Provost for WAC

Dr. Asao B. Inoue

Dr. Asao B. Inoue is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department. Formerly, he Co-Directed the First Year Writing Program and continues to be the program’s Assessment Coordinator. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. from Washington State University. He was awarded the 2012 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

His research and scholarship investigates racial formations in writing assessments, both programmatic and classroom-based. He has published articles on validity theory, First Year Writing program assessment, contract grading, as well as writing pedagogy. His recent co-edited collection (with Mya Poe, Penn State U), Race and Writing Assessment (Peter Lang Publishers) is the first collection that directly looks at racial formations in writing assessments and its scholarship, and won the Conference on College Composition and Communication's 2014 Outstanding Book Award. 

His manuscript that theorizes writing assessment as an environment that produces social formations, such as a racial, gender, and class formations, is under review with Utah State University Press.