Carnegie Mellon University

Karen  Schnakenberg

Karen Rossi Schnakenberg

Teaching Professor Emeritus of English

Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall 259, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


My interests lie at the intersections of course and curriculum design, professional & technical writing, the history of writing instruction in higher education, pedagogy, and the teaching of writing. In research I have a long-standing interest in methods for communicating specialized information to non-expert audiences, particularly in situations where the non-expert needs to use the information to make decisions or to inform action. I'm also interested in how writing is conceptualized; how such conceptions influence individual practice, writing pedagogy, and professional practice; and the relationship between theory and practice in writing instruction.

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