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Geoffrey Middlebrook

Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Director of the Writing Center

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-6488
Office: JEF 150


Biographical Sketch

Geoffrey Middlebrook is a Teaching Professor in the Dornsife College Writing Program and Director of USC’s Writing Center. He joined the University of Southern California in 2002, where he has established himself as an authority on writing in digital environments. Professor Middlebrook currently serves as Chair of the General Education Subcommittee of the University Committee on Curriculum, Co-Chair of the Committee on Information Services, and Co-Chair of the Educational Technology Advisory Committee. Since coming to USC Dr. Middlebrook has received a Curricular Enhancement Jumpstart Grant, Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Grant, Teaching with Technology Grant, Learning Environments Grant, Faculty Development Grant, Provost’s Prize for Teaching with Technology, and Advanced Writing Teaching Award. On campus, Dr. Middlebrook has been a member of the Technology-Enhanced Learning Panel, E-Portfolio Community of Practice, Learning Environments Task Force, Critical Thinking and Writing Panel, Strategic Planning Committee’s Subcommittee on Academic Culture and Faculty Profile, Blackboard Advisory Committee, Committee to Select Recipients of the Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching, General Education Review Committee, Committee to Select Recipients of the Course Continuity in a Crisis Grant, Learning Management System Evaluation Task Force, New Media Consortium Campus Leader Board, Dornsife College Technology Services Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Senate Technology Task Force, and Dornsife College NTT Promotion Committee. Off campus, Dr. Middlebrook was active on the Reinvention Center Assessment Network’s E-Portfolios, Rubrics, and Tools Working Group, was a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Committee on Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction, and a referee for the journal Composition Studies. Along with delivering frequent presentations and training sessions on campus and nationally, Professor Middlebrook has published in the journals Kairos and Computers and Composition Online, his chapter “Showcase Hybridity: The Role of Blogfolios” appeared in the recent book ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios, and his chapter “Synchronous and Asynchronous Modalities” will appear in the book Foundational Practices in Online Writing Instruction. Dr. Middlebrook is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, and in that role participates in the conversation on means of teaching and modes of learning that are student centered, technologically enhanced, and sensitive to the career objectives of undergraduates and graduates alike.



Ph.D. , University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1995
M.A. , University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1989
B.A. , University of Colorado at Boulder, 1987

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Director, The Writing Center, University of Southern California, 07/01/2014-  
Teaching Professor, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 05/2014-  
Associate Teaching Professor, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 08/2008-05/2014  
Senior Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 08/2005-07/2008  
Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 08/2002-07/2005  
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