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  • Melissa Ianetta
    Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair of Writing and Rhetoric
    Director, University Writing Center
    University of Delaware
    Department of English
    023 Memorial Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-2989


    Melissa Ianetta received her BA and MA from Bridgewater State College (1995, 1998) and her PhD from Ohio State University (2002). Her research focuses in writing studies with a specialization in research methods and undergraduate research. With Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University), she is the author of The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research (Oxford University Press 2016; 2nd ed. forthcoming 2018). Her essays have appeared in journals such as College Composition and Communication, College English, PMLA and Rhetoric Review. She co-edited Writing Center Journal (2008-2013) and serves as editor of College English (2017-2022).

    She led the department’s composition program (2005-2014) and has directed the University Writing Centers since 2005. As a teacher, she has focused on writing and pedagogy by offering undergraduate classes in first year writing and peer tutor pedagogy and graduate classes in empirical research methods and writing program administration. She is beginning a new book project on the intellectual work of peer tutors in writing and with Kelly Ritter (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) she is editing the forthcoming Landmark Essays in Writing Program Administration.


Research Projects 


  • The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research
    Ianetta, Melissa; Lauren Fitzgerald
    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

    ​Distinctive features

    • Includes scholarship authored by undergraduate tutor-researchers
    • Provides extensive references to and bibliographic citations of the scholarship of the field
    • Offers references to research that supports and challenges disciplinary common knowledge
    • Contains assignments designed to support discussion, writing, and inquiry
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