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Norbert  Elliot

Norbert Elliot

Norbert Elliot
Research Professor


Office: CPR 310
Phone: 813/974-3663
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A specialist in writing assessment, Norbert Elliot is Research Professor at the University of South Florida. He is presently on the editorial boards of Assessing WritingIEEE Transactions in Professional CommunicationResearch in the Teaching of English, and WPA: Journal of Writing Assessment. With Edward M. White and Irvin Peckham, he is author, most recently, of Very Like a Whale: The Assessment of Writing Programs (Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2015), winner for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific CommunicationAward for Excellence in Program Assessment Research.

He currently serves as the program evaluator for NSF Award 1544239, “Collaborative Research: The Role of Instructor and Peer Feedback in Improving the Cognitive, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Competencies of Student Writers in STEM Courses” ($677,811 from 2015-2018). This study focuses on teacher and peer interactions and writing quality and improvement in the context of undergraduate STEM courses. The project maps the development of three competency domains (cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal) by researching the effects of teacher and peer response on writing improvement and knowledge adaptation in STEM courses. His present research on automated writing evaluation is funded, in part, by IES R305A160115, “Exploring Writing Achievement and Its Role in Success at 4-Year Postsecondary Institutions” ($1,387,363 from 2016-2021). Using both secondary and primary data, we examine interactions among factors of writing achievement and explore how these factors relate to college retention and completion. Here we use a theoretical model of writing that assumes that multiple skills contribute to writing achievement including writing-domain knowledge (e.g., grammar, organization), domain-general knowledge (e.g., critical thinking), and intrapersonal factors (e.g., motivation). Research on ethics and writing assessment is funded, in part, by the Conference on College Composition and Communication under funding for “Federal Grant Programs and Corollary Institutional Review Board Protocols: An Analysis of Reciprocity in Policy Determination, Implementation, and Impact on Writing Studies Research” ($9,723 from 2016-2018). This research initiative focuses on 45 CFR 46, a public policy that informs Institutional Review Boards and the ways that writing studies researchers approach human subjects research.