Anne Beaufort, Ph.D.

Beaufort, Anne

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: WCG 424
Phone: 253-692-4450
Schedule: Not teaching this quarter


  • Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, Stanford University, 1995.
  • M.A., American Studies-American Literature, Purdue University, 1971.
  • B.A., Education, Wheaton College, 1969.


Anne Beaufort earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Stanford University with a specialization in writing instruction. She joined the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UW Tacoma in 2006 as writing-across-the curriculum coordinator. Previously, she was an assistant professor at American University in Washington, DC. and an associate professor at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

She began her teaching career in Prince Georges County, Maryland as a Head Start teacher in 1969, but quickly discovered writing was her true love and also that the West Coast is a great place to live. In the years before returning to school for a doctorate, she taught high school and community college English, attended a Bay Area Writing Project Summer Institute at U.C. Berkeley, was a columnist for a weekly paper, and a corporate communications writer, editor, and trainer for ten years in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

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.


Motivation theory and the compulsory writing course; transfer of learning and reflective practices in writing pedagogy; visual thinking vs verbal thinking.


Creative nonfiction.

Selected Publications

  • "What Expert Writers Know and Do: Some Steps towards a Conceptual Model of Writing Expertise 2014 in Handbook in Writing and Text Production Eva-Maria Jacobs & Daniel Perrin, Eds. Berlin: De Mouton Gruyter.
  • The Matters of Key Knowledge Domains and Transfer of Learning in Outcomes Statement 2013 Writing Program Administration 36 (1) Fall/Winter pp.180-187.
  • College Writing and Beyond: Five Years Later 2013 Composition Forum 26 Fall
  • Life on the Bell-Shaped Curve Tahoma West V 16, Spring 2012".


  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Writing Program Administration Council

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for College Composition and Communication, Writing Program Administrators Journal, Journal of Business
  • Communication Consultant to Southern Oregon Writing Project

Honors and Awards

  • Invited speaker: University of Tennessee, University of Michigan, Portland State University