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The Composition Program at the University of Oregon teaches lower- and upper-division writing to over 7000 students per year across over 100 classrooms per term. Our foundational 100-level writing courses are required of all UO students, taught by award-winning teachers comprised of both graduate employees (GEs) who have completed an intensive year-long training and experienced instructors from writing-related fields. We produce our own single-topic course readers  and convene an annual conference to keep our new and experienced teachers updated in the field of Composition. Watch our teachers explain some of the key concepts of our courses, and read about some of the best papers to come out of our Composition classrooms.

October 27: Symposium on Antiracist Writing Assessment

Please join UO’s Composition Program on Friday, October 27, for a Symposium on Antiracist Writing Assessment (

This full day of events will bring together teachers of writing intensive courses, campus leaders in antiracism efforts, and other members of the UO community working toward curricular reform to consider different designs for inclusive writing assignments and learning environments.

The symposium features a writing assessment workshop led by Dr. Asao B. Inoue, whose award-winning social justice-focused work in Rhetoric and Composition engages the


Welcome Emily Simnitt as Associate Director of Composition!

Multilingual writing specialist and composition instructor, Emily Simnitt, has recently been promoted to Associate Director of Composition.

Emily Simnitt now oversees program development for the Composition Department, ensuring that all our writing classes are more inclusive for students with a diverse array of educational and linguistic backgrounds. Emily has extensive experience teaching college writing, and she specializes in empowering ELL students in becoming successful academic writers. Emily’s research interests include digital rhetoric, multilingual writing spaces, and first