Since childhood, Duane Roen has been interested in how people learn to write. Since his days as an undergraduate, he has been interested in how teachers can help students learn to write. His research interests have evolved throughout his career, and he is now most interested in collaborative writing, audience, portfolio assessment, family history writing, and professional development for graduate students. He loves to make connections among disciplines, which means that he can draw on many fields in his scholarship—rhetorical theory, composition theory, literary theory, linguistics, psychology, sociology, feminism, anthropology. Because his interest in collaborative writing is more than an abstraction, he has co-authored most of his 300 or so books, chapters, journal articles and conference papers. Collaborating with students is especially exciting for him.
Duane has enjoyed teaching in-person and online courses at ASU. He especially enjoys first-year writing courses. Several years ago he worked with colleagues to redesign the online delivery of first-year composition via ASU's Global Freshman Academy/Earned Admission.
Duane is a professor of English and coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.