|Dept:||Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
- Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, Stanford University, 1995.
Dr. Beaufort has published two ethnographic studies of writers in university and workplace settings, Writing in the Real World: Making the Transition from School to Work (1999, Teachers College Press) and College Writing and Beyond: A New Framework for University Writing Instruction (2007, Utah State University Press). The first book, winner of the NCTE 2001 best book in science/technical communications, examines writers' learning processes in moving from academic to workplace writing and theorizes the nature of writing expertise. The second book, an in depth analysis of all dimensions of a writer's progress from freshman through senior years of college and in his first professional job, documents the need for revised paradigms for university writing instruction.
Her current research interests include investigating ways traditional and new visual media can enhance development of writing skills, and investigating writing protocols for improving physical and mental health.