Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Janet Swenson
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Research Interests:
English education; Critical Studies in Literacy & Pedagogy; Composition Theory, Research & Practice; Communities of Practice/Teacher Research/Networks

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Janet Swenson is an Associate Professor in WRAC and Associate Dean of Outreach and Community Engagement in the College of Arts and Letters. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher in Flint Community Schools. She has served as the (co)director of several national projects including Write for Your Life and Project Outreach, as well as such local projects as Red Cedar Writing Project and Project WRITE. Swenson has served on the Executive Committee of NCTE, Chair of the Conference on English Education, and Member of the National Writing Project Task Force. Her current research interests focus on improving the teaching and practice of writing in highly diverse K-12 classrooms.

Representative Work

Red Cedar Writing Project, MSU’s site of the National Writing Project, 1993 – present; a K-College collaboration focused on improving the teaching and practice of writing in academic and community settings; addressed in an annual 4-week Invitational Summer Institute, Continuity Programming for teachers who have attended the invitational (approximately 350 teachers), professional development for other ELA/literacy teachers through inservices and workshops, and youth camps (Spartan Writing Camps, Greenrock High School Writers Retreat), approximately $1,000,000 in funding since 1993