EATAW election

Election logistics


The election will take place during the General Assembly since only members present at the assembly are ‘voting members’. Ballot papers will be distributed as you enter the room, and the voting will take place during the beginning of the meeting. Representatives of the organisers and the outgoing board will count and verify the election result. The result will then be announced towards the very end of the General Assembly.


Members standing for the board at EATAW2017


Here are details of candidates standing for election to the EATAW board this year



Tamer Osman –


TamarBeing an English language lecturer who is currently teaching writing skills and publishing an online course about Academic Writing with Eliademy has incited me to submit candidature as a board member at the disposal of EATAW.

I have spent much of my professional life traveling to many countries, exploring  cultures, acquiring languages, and unveiling diverse ideologies constituting peoples’ mentalities. This has helped me design writing skills courses with deep dimensions that enable students to express crucial issues freely while utilizing syntactic and semantic forms harmonizing withe the target topics of the writing assignments for over 20 years.

My EATAW membership has instigated me to visualize the classroom as a milieu to argue and release ideas by the students as constitutors of the classes, and to just be orchestrated by me. Gaining experience in this field means that vast shared knowledge and counterviews are targeted to enrich the students’ linguistic baggage, and indulge them into the English language culture, so that they attain impeccable writing competences. Standing for the election will grant me the opportunity to provide the writing competences seekers with the investigative strengths enabling them to observe and hypothesize writing issues with the aid of data at hand.


Erin Bethany Zimmerman –


P1020128I am a first-year assistant professor at the American University of Beirut and began directing the Writing Center and Writing in the Disciplines Program this semester. Though a new faculty member, I have taught university-level academic writing courses for 10 years, tutored in four writing centers, and consulted in the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Appalachian State University. I have led workshops and individual consultations with multidisciplinary faculty to enhance the integration of writing in their classes and have developed course curricula and assessment procedures. These experiences influence the work I currently do at AUB and inspire my teaching goals of helping students practice skills they can use across disciplines and in future communication situations.

My teaching and administrative work influences by research, demonstrated by the fact that I led a workshop on visual communication as a graduate student at the 2013 EATAW conference and am leading one this year on managing student collaboration. I am eager to join this Board because the EATAW conference is one that brings together a unique variety of writing instructors who strive to support each other in practical and meaningful ways, values that are important to me as an academic.

 José Brandão Carvalho –


JoséI was born in 1958. I work as Associate Professor (with Habilitation) at the University of Minho, in Portugal. I have been in Higher Education for almost 30 years, teaching several disciplines in the area of Language Education, including Portuguese Language (L1 and L2/FL) Didactics, Academic Writing and Research Methodologies.

My interest in Academic Writing emerged after I got my PhD in Portuguese Language Didactics in 1998, as a consequence of the recognition of the importance of writing as a learning tool. Although there is no tradition of teaching Academic Writing in Portuguese Higher Education in Portugal, since 2002 I have been teaching semester optional courses in this area, with good results and acceptance among students. I chose academic literacy as the topic of my Habilitation Exam in 2014.

I share a situated vision of academic literacy that, rather than teaching students the application of writing techniques, aims at promoting the appropriation of academic genres through meaningful practices in real contexts of language use.

Academic literacy is also one of my research interests and since 2005 I’ve been engaged in national and international projects focussed on different dimensions of this subject, such as the description of students’ literacy practices, the identification of students’ difficulties and the thesis writing process.

My first participation in EATAW activities took place in 2007 in Bochum, and since then I’ve participated in three other conferences (Coventry, 2009; Limerick, 2011; Budapest, 2013). I will also be in London 2017.

Due to its scope, I think EATAW is one of the most important associations in the field of academic literacy and its action has certainly provided major contributions to the development of Higher Education in Europe and beyond.


Djuddah A.J. Leijen –


DjuddahThe first EATAW conference I attended was in 2009 in Coventry. This conference propelled me to where I am today. Already a teacher of academic writing at the University of Tartu, Estonia, it was Christian Schunn’s keynote speech (about SWoRD web based peer review system) that directed my PhD research, which I completed last year (2016). Throughout the years, EATAW has always given me a boost of motivation filled with ideas for teaching writing at the University of Tartu. It has also been a brewing environment where I met likeminded researchers who acted as bridges from my small University of Tartu island to the community of writing.

As such, I’d like to stand for the election of the EATAW board, because I know that I can give back to EATAW what it has given me in 2009. I strongly believe that EATAW’s arms stretch out over many different disciplines, and one of my aims is to find ways how we can welcome other disciplines into our academic writing community. I still have much to learn about writing, and EATAW is a wonderful learning environment.



Amanda French –


Amanda french photo 2016I have worked in higher, further, adult education and the voluntary sector in the  UK for 30 years. Working  in partnerships across a wide range of settings and agencies including schools, community centres voluntary and community groups, as well as colleges and universities I have  taught students English, Basic Literacy, Education Studies  and Early Years Education.  I have also trained teachers, tutors and support workers from a variety of organisations, including probation, employment services and the voluntary/ community sector to work with service users and students in learning development and support.   I am currently Head of Professional Development, Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University’s School of Education.  In addition to my doctorate and post-doctoral work on academic writing practices and development, my other research interests include child-led research, social justice in education and creative critical pedagogy and methodologies. Over the last ten years, I have worked with international partners in Europe on a range of projects and initiatives and I have been Secretary of the EATAW Board for the last year.  I remain committed, through my involvement with EATAW,  to continuing to foster and develop transnational links around academic writing and development  for educational professionals  and students alike.


Kärt Rummel –


KärtI would like to stand for election to EATAW Board again as I am still interested in contributing to the growth of EATAW. While my formal association with EATAW is quite recent with the membership established only in 2013, it was in 2006 at a conference in Estonia with John Harbord that I received information about EATAW. By today, I have gained significant knowledge of the background and practices of EATAW. Hosting the 8th biennial conference of EATAW in Estonia in 2015 at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) was indeed a rich learning experience. The management duties of EATAW 2015 provided me with a valuable experience of collaboration and enabled me to communicate with many of the EATAW members, some of the most skilful and knowledgeable people in the academia, who all share my understanding of the importance of teaching academic writing.

My interest in academic writing was initiated by the British Council Pan-Baltic Advanced Writing Project (Prof Ron White and Clare Furneaux, University of Reading) in 1995, followed by a Pan-Baltic International Conference of Academic Writing at TUT in 1996. My doctoral dissertation “Creating Coherent Texts in English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice” (2010) from Tartu University was a logical succession to my Master’s Thesis “How to Write Reader-Friendly Texts: Common Problems in the English Academic Writing of Estonian Writers” (2005). My research interests lie in applied linguistics, academic literacy studies, L2/L1 academic writing, text and discourse, discourse analysis, contrastive rhetoric, among others. I have been a member of CSW (Communication Skills Workshop Special Interest Group) based at the University of Helsinki since 1996 and Chair twice (2006-2008/2013-2015). I am an affiliate member of LIHERG (Language in Higher Education Research Group), Queen Mary, University of London. I have more than 30 years of working experience in tertiary education both in academic and administrative positions, in 1994-2001 as Head of English Department and since June 2014 as Head of the Language Centre of TUT. In all these roles, I have gained considerable administrative and professional experience that I would like to share with colleagues in EATAW.

I believe that my academic background and knowledge of best practices of tertiary education in the region should give me a good platform to represent the interests and concerns of academic professionals involved with writing and thus contribute to the growth of EATAW. I will be very much honoured to provide EATAW with my knowledge, skills and expertise and commit my effort and time to support the association for another two years if elected.

[Kärt has explained to the Board why she is unable to attend the conference in 2017 but she will attend the board meeting on June 21 if elected]


Magnus Gustafsson –


MagnusMy background is one of running the Division for Language and Communication at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and promoting EATAW concerns in our educational environment. Our work with multiple and progressively arranged integrated communication-oriented interventions for engineering education is one that I have tried to share with EATAW colleagues at the EATAW conferences since 2005. My other interests of EATAW-relevance include:

  • Peer learning and assessment as critical components in higher education
  • Disciplinary discourse ability as fundamental to learning
  • Educational development work for sequences of interventions
  • Faculty courses that promote greater awareness of writing studies research and its impact among colleagues

I have been a board member since 2009 and I first joined EATAW in 2005. I have found the association an important one and working on the board is a very rewarding honour that I have learnt from these eight years.  Our work since 2015 has focused on the publication record for the journal for the association, maintaining the website, and listening to the EATAW listserv. We have also tried to support the organizing committee for EATAW2017 where needed of course.

Should I be elected to stay on the board I would like to focus on supporting the incoming Chair and try to find ways for EATAW to work more actively in supporting members. As an association, we have not managed to connect the various regional activities across EATAW in the past few years and that seems a loss of good potential.  I would also like to continue working with the journal and support the JoAW editor. A more daunting issue is that of trying to address the challenges facing teachers of academic writing today as far adapting to rapidly changing and increasingly more demanding higher education conditions with new technologies and communication activities.


 Stuart Wrigley –


StuartAs an experienced teacher of academic writing, and having had a close association with EATAW over the last few years as a frequent attender, presenter and, more recently, as part of the Organising Committee for this year’s conference, I feel that I am ideally placed to stand as member of the EATAW Board.

My role on the Organising Committee for this year’s EATAW has involved developing and shaping the conference’s theme, selecting and then liaising with keynote speakers, and reviewing submissions of prospective presenters.

I see as my strengths a knowledge and understanding of academic writing scholarship and pedagogy,  in recognition of which I was recently made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I feel I could bring this scholarly knowledge to the Board, as well as my experience organising this year’s conference.

I have produced and continue to produce research in the form of conference papers for associations such as EATAW, BALEAP and WDHE. I wrote an article on plagiarism and handwriting for The Conversation, a British newspaper for academics, and have recently had an article accepted for publication in Active Learning in Higher Education, a leading pedagogical journal.