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Paul A Prior

Professor Emeritus


Paul Prior is a Professor in English and the Center for Writing Studies. Working with cultural-historical activity theory, actor-network theory, and dialogic semiotics, he has explored connections among writing, talk, embodied action, learning, and disciplinarity.

Research Interests

Writing Studies, Literate Activity, Dialogic Theory, Semiotic Practice, Applied Linguistics, Genre, CHAT and ANT.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, English

Highlighted Publications

Prior, P. A. (1998). Writing/Disciplinarity: A Sociohistoric Account of Literate Activity in the Academy. (Rhetoric, Knowledge, and Society). Routledge.

Bazerman, C., & Prior, P. (Eds.) (2003). What writing does and how it does it: An introduction to analyzing texts and textual practices. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Prior, P. A., & Hengst, J. A. (Eds.) (2010). Exploring Semiotic Remediation as Discourse Practice. Palgrave Macmillan.

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Recent Publications

Ware, R., Mericle, M. E., Prior, P., Gallagher, J., Popovics, J. S., Elliott, C. M., Cooper, L., & Zilles, J. (2022). Promoting pedagogical change around writing: Observations of discursive turbulence. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Gallagher, J., Turnipseed, N., Yoritomo, J. Y., Elliott, C. M., Cooper, S. L., Popovics, J. S., Prior, P. A., & Zilles, J. (2020). A collaborative longitudinal design for supporting writing pedagogies of STEM faculty. Technical Communication Quarterly, 29(4), 411-426.

Kovanen, B., Ware, R., Mericle, M., Turnipseed, N., Patrick Coleman, J., Elliott, C. M., Popovics, J. S., Lance Cooper, S., Gallagher, J. R., Prior, P., & Zilles, J. L. (2020). Implementing writing-as-process in engineering education. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2020-June, Article 829.

Prior, P., & Smith, A. (2020). Editorial: Writing across: Tracing transliteracies as becoming across time, space, and settings. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 24, Article 100246.

Prior, P. A., & Smith, A. (Eds.) (2020). Special section on Writing Across. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 24.

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