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Melinda Knight

Professor and Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, English

BA, Cornell University
MA, New York University
PhD, New York University
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Specializations include American Studies and writing within and across the disciplines. I am especially interested in studying the intersections of class, gender, identity, and race in American literature, manifestations of aestheticism and decadence, the impact of urbanization on cultural products, and representations of the American West--particularly in the period from the 1890s to WW II. I am also working on several grant-funded projects that engage community literacy, and as director of the Center for Writing Excellence I aim to promote of culture of writing to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community.

Office Hours


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In person, Bohn 552
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online--email for appointment or Zoom link; other times by arrangement

Professional Experience

  • , Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. (1974 - 1976)
  • , Oppenheimer & Co. (1973 - 1974)
  • Investment Research, Goldman Sachs & Co. (1976 - 1978)
  • Clinical Instructor and Director of Writing Assessment, New York University, Stern School of Business (1983 - 1992)
  • Professorial Lecturer/Area Coordinator of Management Comunication, University of Rochester, Simon Business School (1996 - 2004)
  • Associate Professor of English and Director of Expository Writing Program, University of San Francisco (1992 - 1995)
  • Professor of Writing, American Studies, and Strategie Management and Public Policy, George Washington University (2004 - 2008)


  • Other, . (July 2011 - Present). Programs for the following clients: Alexander and Alexander *Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York *Book-of-the-Month Club *Cancer Care *Condé Nast Publications *Edward S. Gordon & Co *Houghton Mifflin Co. *Nestlé Foods Corporation *New York Stock Exchange
  • Academic, . (July 2011 - Present). Program review and evaluation for the following institutions: *Zayed University, Dubai, U.A.E. *U.S. Coast Guard *U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs *Council for Aid to Education *Graduate Management Admission Council *Educational Testing Service *Westchester University of Pennsylvania *Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs *New York University Law School

Honors & Awards

  • CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, Conference on College Composition and Communciation (March 2014)

Refereed Published Articles

  • M. Knight (2014). “A Bird’s Eye View of Writing Centers: Institutional Infrastructure, Scope and Programmatic Issues, Reported Practices” (co-authored with Emily Isaacs), WPA: Writing Program Administration, 37, no. 2 (2014).. Council of Writing Program Adminstrarors

Books & Chapters

  • M. Knight (2013). “Assessing the Impact of the Outcomes Statement” (co-authored with Emily Esaacs). In The WPA Outcomes Statement: A Decade Later, eds. Nicholas Behm, Gregory Glau, and Duane Roen. New York: Parlor Press, 2013.. Parlor Prews