Kathleen A. O'Connor

Director of the Writing Project, Lecturer in Education

Teaching this semester

EDUC 2251. Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice

Kathleen O'Connor
Explores theories and methods of teaching writing, emphasizing collaborative learning, and peer tutoring. Examines relationships between the writing process and the written product, writing and learning, and language and communities. Investigates disciplinary writing conventions, influences of gender and culture on language and learning, and concerns of ESL and learning disabled writers. Students practice and reflect on revising, responding to others writing, and conducting conferences. Prepares students to serve as writing assistants for the Writing Project.

Kathleen has been teaching for many years--since serving as an undergraduate language teaching fellow in college. Throughout graduate school and for seven years at Bowdoin, she taught courses in German language and literature. Retaining her focus on language and teaching, she founded the Bowdoin Writing Project in 1994 and serves as its director. 


  • B.A., Dartmouth
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia