Carl Whithaus, Ph.D.

Carl Whithaus, Ph.D.

carl whithaus

Position Title
Director, Professor

  • University Writing Program
116 Voorhies Hall


Carl Whithaus is a Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the University Writing Program (UWP) at the University of California, Davis. His research areas include the impact of information technology on literacy practices, writing assessment, and writing in the sciences and engineering. His three books include Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), Writing Across Distances and Disciplines: Research and Pedagogy in Distributed Learning(Routledge, 2008) and Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and High-Stakes Testing (Erlbaum, 2005).

He has served on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Planning Committee for 2011-2019 Writing Standards Framework, the editorial board for Kairos, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI) Committee (2007-10). He has taught courses ranging from first-year writing to graduate-level classes in traditional, hybrid, and distance learning environments.  His articles have appeared in Technical Communication QuarterlyKairosAssessing Writing, and The Journal of Basic Writing. In January 2015, he began serving as co-editor for the Journal of Writing Assessment.

His current research projects include: integrating emerging writing technologies into the language arts curriculum (k-12), examining the relationships among claims and evidence in the writing of professional biologists and environmental scientists, and exploring potential modifications to microblogs to leverage knowledge produced "swarming" content/users.

Carl earned his Ph.D. at the City University of New York (CUNY); he has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology, Old Dominion University, and the University of California, Davis.