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Carolyn Boiarsky
Professor of English

Areas of Specialization:

Professional Writing
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Magazine Feature Writing
News Writing
Developing Public Information Programs
Writing & Designing Newsletters, Brochures, Flyers

Composition Pedagogy
Writing Process
Evaluation of Student Texts

Courses Taught:

Magazine Journalism
Review Writing
Report Writing for Engineers
Seminar in Writing Pedagogy
Evaluation of Student Texts
Teaching Writing K-16
(Northwest Indiana Writing Project Summer Institute)


Carolyn Boiarsky has a long history as an educator, scholar and writer. She is Professor of English in the Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue University Calumet (PUC) where she is on the faculty of the Professional Writing Program and serves as Founder and Director of the Northwest Indiana Writing Project.


Involved with education since 1965, she has been associated with the National Writing Project since 1978, first as Director of the Georgia State University/Southeast Center for the Teaching of Writing and, since 1995, as the Director of the Purdue University Calumet/Northwest Indiana Writing Project. She was also the Coordinator of the Education Task Force for the 1970 White House Conference on Youth.

Dr. Boiarsky began her teaching career at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Before coming to PUC, she taught at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. In 2001 she traveled to Lithuania to teach news writing at Vytautus Magnus University in Kaunas.


The author of two books on composition pedagogy, The Art of Workplace English and Academic Literacy in the English Classroom, both published by Boynton/Cook, Dr. Boiarsky has also published numerous articles on teaching writing. These include articles in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, Elementary Principal, the English Journal, and English Education.

Dr. Boiarsky has also published widely in the field of technical communication. The 1998 winner of the Frank R. Smith Article of the Year Award for her article in Technical Communication, the journal of the Society of Technical Communicators (STC), she was named an Associate Fellow of STC in 2004. She has also authored two books on technical writing, Technical Communication: Contexts, Audiences, and Communities, and Writings from the Workplace, both published by Allyn and Bacon. Published in numerous business and technical communication journals, she has written on the rhetorical problems associated with communication in relation to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster and to the shuttle Challenger and Columbia accidents. Other articles have been concerned with teaching documentation writing, conducting needs assessments, and teaching writing to international engineering students.


Dr. Boiarsky began her career as a Statehouse Correspondent for United Press International (UPI) in Charleston, West Virginia. Shortly after that, she became one of the first female TV news reporters in the country when she joined WCHS-TV.

Eventually she began publishing feature articles as a free lance writer in such magazines as the New Republic, the Progressive, and the Atlanta Constitution and Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday supplement magazines.

Writing in a wide range of media on diverse topics, Dr. Boiarsky has written curriculum materials for Kiplinger and Scholastic as well as for the Los Angeles and Pasadena School Systems’ educational television stations. She began working with computerized animation as far back as 1970 when she produced an animated film depicting a model of program evaluation developed by the UCLA Center for the Study of Research in Educational Evaluation. In various positions in public information, she has developed and written newsletters, brochures, and flyers, and produced and written multimedia presentations and documentary films.


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