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Area of academic expertise - outline

My current research explores disciplinary literacy practices in higher education classrooms. Specifically, I research reading, writing, and thinking practices in different disciplines and how to make those practices explicit in the higher education classroom. I am particularly interested in how we can teach undergraduate and graduate students to approach disciplinary expertise by demystifying challenging disciplinary literacy processes in the classroom.

Current research activities

I am currently working on the connections between academic illiteracy and impostor phenomenon in graduate education. I'm also exploring the ways in which we can bring literacy practices in the social sciences to the undergraduate classroom. 

Desired research direction

I'm wanting to pursue mixed methods study across disciplines to determine how best to bring disciplinary literacy pedagogy to classrooms. I'm always seeking to collaborate with disciplinary experts across all fields (social science, physical science, arts, etc.) on innovative pedagogies to help demystify challenging concepts for undergraduate and graduate students.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Much of my expertise relates to implementing disciplinary reading and writing practices directly in the classroom. This could include assignment and module design and general pedagogic approaches to keeping students engaged in their chosen area of study. I love to brainstorm with other academics on ways to help students fall in love with their disciplines. 


  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • disciplinary literacy
  • reading and writing pedagogy
  • Curriculum design
  • assignment design

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Research Output 2012 2019


“How do you know that works?”: a mixed methods approach to writing program assessment

Lannin, A., Cisco, J., Philbrook, J. & Philbrook, M., 2017, In : WPA: Writing Program Administration. 40, 2, p. 52-76

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

writing instruction

Activities 2006 2018

Academic Writing Demystified

Jonathan Cisco (Speaker)
15 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

How to Write the Literature Review: A Practical Approach to Not Going Insane

Jonathan Cisco (Speaker)
19 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Creating real-world assessments with real-world value

Jonathan Cisco (Speaker)
19 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Multifaceted Approach to Literacy Instruction in STEM Fields

Jonathan Cisco (Speaker)
Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk