Bruce Erickson

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Contact Information

608 S. Wright
208 English
608 S Wright
M/C 718
Urbana, IL 61801


Based upon his work experience, Bruce conceives of writing as an action; that is to say, he privileges the activities of writing (over a writer's "final" product ) in the contexts of writing instruction. In sum, relative to learning how to write, the quality and nature of a text is a consequence of the writer doing.

Since the 1970s, Bruce has earned a living as a paramedic/firefighter, an accountant (local, regional, and corporate), an operations manager, a software-development supervisor, a general manager of a non-profit telecommunications company, a technical writer, and a consultant.

  • PhD, English Studies—Illinois State University
  • MA, Writing—Illinois State University
  • BS, Business Administration—Oregon State University

Research Interests

Conceptions of writing; writing in business and government; how teachers/students articulate what writing is, how it is done, who is involved, and why they are involved