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About Asao Inoue

I do research that investigates racism in writing assessments (e.g. writing programs, writing placement, etc.), which includes classroom writing assessments. About half of my work is theoretical, while the other half is empirical in nature. I've published articles and chapters on validity, classroom writing assessment, grading contracts, assessment as rhetoric, reflection practices, failure in writing assessments, among other things. In the past, I've paid close attention to the Hmong racial formation and their writing and reflection practices.
My teaching has always been very important to me. It is the place from which all my research springs. I enjoy teaching writing classes of all stripes, including first-year writing and writing in the major courses. My favorite courses to teach are the first year writing courses. The center of all my courses is the grading contract and our community-developed assessment processes and expectations.


Present Director of Writing Center, Director of University Writing, Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012-13 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication's Outstanding Book Award for an Edited Collection
  • 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship in Writing Program Administration
  • 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's Outstanding Book Award for a monograph


2005 PhD, Washington State University ‐ Rhetoric and Composition

Books (2)

Book Chapters (5)

Articles (3)

Podcasts (2)