International Survey

The first International Survey was conducted from 2006 to 2009. We received responses from more than 330 institutions on six continents.

The survey is currently closed. To view the survey, please visit this link.

Results of the survey led to the publication in 2012 of the print and online book Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places (August 2012), available online at the WAC Clearinghouse and in print from Parlor Press. It includes profile essays on more than forty institutions in 28 countries on six continents. Co-editors of the project are Chris Thaiss (lead editor), Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha.

Ongoing Phases of the International Project: The international research continues through two venues, both administered by Assistant Professor Aparna Sinha of California State University, Maritime Campus. These venues are


The Journal of Writing Programs Worldwide ( is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes articles based on research, theory, and practice that contribute to an understanding of writing programs at universities around the world. The Journal of WPWW is one of the first transnational, translingual journals that aspires to understand teaching of writing done across languages, across disciplines, and across cultures.


To reach individual researchers who have been affiliated with this international research project, see the following:

Chris Thaiss - University of California, Davis

Aparna Sinha – California State University, Maritime Campus


Paula Carlino - National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, CONICET, University of Buenos Aires

Gerd Bräuer - University of Education in Freiburg, Germany

Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams - Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University

Please Contact Us

Please forward this information to anyone in any country whom you think might be interested. We would like to hear about any activities relevant to writing in disciplines, such as:

  • teacher/staff development or discussions with staff/faculty across disciplines
  • actual or contemplated courses, programs, centers, or writing-support services
  • individual teachers or small groups of teachers/staff who have made the improvement of student writing or the use of writing as a tool for learning an explicit priority in their disciplinary courses. 
  • Contact  Aparna Sinha: