Mark Blaauw-Hara has a PhD in Rhetoric and Textual Studies from Old Dominion University, a Master's in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor's in English Education from Michigan State University. He is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, at the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, where he teaches ISP100: Writing for University and Beyond and UTM110: Rhetorics of Resistance.
Mark is the Treasurer of the Canadian Writing Centres Association and a Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. His first book, From Military to Academy: The Writing and Learning Transitions of Student-Veterans, was nominated for a College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award. His second book, Understanding Writing Program Administrator Readiness and Renewal, co-edited with Joe Janangelo, is due in 2023. His writing has also appeared in a wide variety of journals and edited collections, and he has presented at a number of professional conferences.
Mark's research interests focus on how to support student success and enrich learning in college writing courses. Currently, he is interested in threshold concepts, transfer theory, and antiracist pedagogy. Most of all, Mark loves working with student writers, helping them to define and reach their educational goals. In his spare time, Mark loves to play music, and has performed in a number of bands, playing guitar, drums, or bass. Mark also loves to hike, camp, and mountain bike—and he loves to be on or in the water!