Dan Fraizer, PhD
Dan Fraizer, PhD, has been teaching writing courses and directing writing support activities at Springfield College since 1995. For 10 years, he directed the Writing Center, training and supporting student tutors who worked one-on-one with all students at the College. He also introduced Writing Studio to the College, a nationally recognized alternative to basic or remedial writing courses. He has led many Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives at the College that have included writing workshops and writing policy changes.
Fraizer has long been interested in the political and social uses of writing as they affect people in their communities and the way writing is taught at the college level. His research on writing textbooks and alternatives to textbooks has appeared in The Writing Instructor, Michigan Academician, Teaching English in the Two Year College, and The Politics of Writing in the Two-Year College. His service learning requirements in his Springfield College writing courses led to publications in The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and The Literacy Connection. His critique of the Massachusetts Tests of Educational Licensure (MTEL) appeared in The Journal of Writing Assessment. Fraizer assigned his students to research and write about topics related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and wrote about the results in “Writing About War: Assigning and Assessing a Moving Target,” which appeared in the online journal Composition Forum in January 2009. His most recent publication, “First Steps Beyond First Year: Coaching Transfer After FYC,” reports on a study of student perceptions of what they learn in first year composition and what they bring with them from those courses into the writing they do as sophomores. He concludes that strategies based in reflection and cross-disciplinary analysis help students to transfer writing skills more easily and effectively. This article appeared in the spring 2010 issue of the journal Writing Program Administration.