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Biography <p>I am a Professor&nbsp;of English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. I am currently Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded research project on writing in professional social work<em>Writing in professional social work practice in a&nbsp;changing communicative landscape&nbsp;2015-2017&nbsp;</em>(ES/MOO8703/1).</p><p>With David Poveda (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) I am co-editor of the journal<em>Linguistics and Education</em><a href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/linguistics-and-education/" rel="nofollow">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/linguistics-and-education/</a>and with Mary Jane Curry (University of Rochester, USA) co-convenor&nbsp;of an AILA (<em>Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliqu&eacute;e</em>) research network:<em>Academic Publishing and Presenting in a Global Context.</em><a href="http://www.aila.info/networks/ren.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.aila.info/networks/ren.html</a></p><p>My main research area is writing. I have been researching writing for some&nbsp;20&nbsp;years from a perspective that can be summarized as<strong><em>the politics of access, location, production and participation</em></strong>. I&rsquo;m committed to using ethnography as an overarching&nbsp;research methodology and have an ongoing interest in developing&lsquo;text oriented ethnographic approaches&rsquo;, using a range of methods.&nbsp;&nbsp;I have four main areas of interest:</p><p><strong>1. STUDENT WRITING IN HIGHER EDUCATION.</strong>My research in academic writing developed out of a concern to explore the writing experiences and practices of&lsquo;non traditional students&rsquo; in UK higher education - students from social groups historically excluded from higher education- motivated&nbsp;in part&nbsp;by my own experince as a&#39;first generation&#39; university participant. I&rsquo;m interested in exploring which particular rhetorical and semiotic practices are valued in higher education and why, and in considering opportunities for extending the range of practices that can be used for meaning and knowledge making.</p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. (2001)<em>Student writing: access, regulation, desire</em>. London: Routledge.</p><p>Lillis, T. and Scott, M. (2008) (eds) Special Issue of<em>Journal of Applied Linguistics. New Directions in Academic Literacies</em>. 4.1.</p><p>Lillis, T. (2011) Legitimising dialogue as textual and ideological goal in academic writing for assessment and publication,<em>Arts and Humanities in Higher Education</em>. 10, 4: 401-432.</p><h3>Lillis, T., Harrington, K., Lea, M. and Mitchell, S. (eds) (2015)<em>Working with academic literacies: Case studies towards transformative practice</em>. Parlor Press.<strong>This is an open access book available here</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://wac.colostate.edu/books/lillis/" rel="nofollow">http://wac.colostate.edu/books/lillis/</a>.&nbsp;</h3><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. A</strong><strong>CADEMIC WRITING FOR PUBLICATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT.</strong>With Mary Jane Curry, (University of Rochester, US)&nbsp;I have been involved in a 10 year study of the writing for publication practices and experiences of&nbsp;scholars working outside of the&lsquo;Anglophone centre&rsquo; (Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal). I have also worked with Ann Hewings (Open University) and Dimitra Vladimirou (Hellenic American University) on building and analyzing a corpus of articles published in English medium&lsquo;national&rsquo; journals. For details of the project see<a href="http://creet.open.ac.uk/projects/paw/">http://creet.open.ac.uk/projects/paw/</a></p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. and Curry, M.J. (2010)<em>Academic writing in a global context.</em>London: Routledge.</p><p>Lillis, T., Hewings, A., Vladimirou, D. and Curry, M.J. (2010) The geolinguistics of English as an Academic Lingua Franca: citation practices across English medium national and English medium international journals.<em>International Journal of Applied Linguistics,</em>20,1: 111.135.</p><p>Lillis, T. ( 2012) Economies of signs in writing for academic publication: the case of English Medium&ldquo;National&rdquo; Journals.<em>Journal of Advanced Composition</em>.32.3-4&nbsp;: 695-722</p><h3><em><strong>We have&nbsp;also&nbsp;published a book aimed at informing scholars&#39; choices, decisions and practices about their academic writing for publication...</strong></em></h3><p>Curry, M.J. and Lillis, T. (2014)<strong>A scholars&rsquo; guide to getting published in English. Critical choices and practical strategies.</strong>Bristol: Multilingual Matters.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. WRITING IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION AND PRACTICE.</strong>With Lucy Rai (Health and Social Care, Open University, UK), I&nbsp; worked on several research projects seeking to&nbsp;document&nbsp;the writing carried out in everyday social work practice&nbsp;and to explore the implications of our findings for university based pedagogy and professional training.<strong></strong></p><h3><em><strong>In October 2015 a newly ESRC funded&nbsp;research project on writing in social work started. The research team are Theresa Lillis, Maria Leedham and Alsion Twiner. Lucy Rai is chair of the advisory panel.</strong></em></h3><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. and Rai, L. (2011) A case study of a research based collaboration around writing in social work<em>, Across the Disciplines</em>ISSN: 1554-8244. Available at:<a href="http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/clil/lillis-rai.cfm" rel="nofollow">http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/clil/lillis-rai.cfm</a></p><p>Lillis,&nbsp;T. and Rai, L. ( 2012) Quelle relation entre l&rsquo;&eacute;crit acad&eacute;mique et l&rsquo;&eacute;crit professionnel? Une&eacute;tude de cas dans le domaine du travail social.<em>Pratiques.</em>153/154.</p><p><strong>4. WRITING WITH OLD AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR POPULAR POLITICAL ACTIVITY IN THE 21C.</strong>This is a recent research focus of mine which grew out of my interest in the range of writings being used in political demonstrations in Spain 2011&lt;&lt;15-M&gt;&gt; including banners, Facebook, flipcharts, notebooks, texting, leaflets.</p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. (2013).<em>The sociolinguistics of writing.</em>Edinburgh: EUP.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Description <p>I am a Professor&nbsp;of English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. I am currently Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded research project on writing in professional social work<em>Writing in professional social work practice in a&nbsp;changing communicative landscape&nbsp;2015-2017&nbsp;</em>(ES/MOO8703/1).</p><p>With David Poveda (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) I am co-editor of the journal<em>Linguistics and Education</em><a href="http://www.journals.elsevier.com/linguistics-and-education/" rel="nofollow">http://www.journals.elsevier.com/linguistics-and-education/</a>and with Mary Jane Curry (University of Rochester, USA) co-convenor&nbsp;of an AILA (<em>Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliqu&eacute;e</em>) research network:<em>Academic Publishing and Presenting in a Global Context.</em><a href="http://www.aila.info/networks/ren.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.aila.info/networks/ren.html</a></p><p>My main research area is writing. I have been researching writing for some&nbsp;20&nbsp;years from a perspective that can be summarized as<strong><em>the politics of access, location, production and participation</em></strong>. I&rsquo;m committed to using ethnography as an overarching&nbsp;research methodology and have an ongoing interest in developing&lsquo;text oriented ethnographic approaches&rsquo;, using a range of methods.&nbsp;&nbsp;I have four main areas of interest:</p><p><strong>1. STUDENT WRITING IN HIGHER EDUCATION.</strong>My research in academic writing developed out of a concern to explore the writing experiences and practices of&lsquo;non traditional students&rsquo; in UK higher education - students from social groups historically excluded from higher education- motivated&nbsp;in part&nbsp;by my own experince as a&#39;first generation&#39; university participant. I&rsquo;m interested in exploring which particular rhetorical and semiotic practices are valued in higher education and why, and in considering opportunities for extending the range of practices that can be used for meaning and knowledge making.</p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. (2001)<em>Student writing: access, regulation, desire</em>. London: Routledge.</p><p>Lillis, T. and Scott, M. (2008) (eds) Special Issue of<em>Journal of Applied Linguistics. New Directions in Academic Literacies</em>. 4.1.</p><p>Lillis, T. (2011) Legitimising dialogue as textual and ideological goal in academic writing for assessment and publication,<em>Arts and Humanities in Higher Education</em>. 10, 4: 401-432.</p><h3>Lillis, T., Harrington, K., Lea, M. and Mitchell, S. (eds) (2015)<em>Working with academic literacies: Case studies towards transformative practice</em>. Parlor Press.<strong>This is an open access book available here</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://wac.colostate.edu/books/lillis/" rel="nofollow">http://wac.colostate.edu/books/lillis/</a>.&nbsp;</h3><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. A</strong><strong>CADEMIC WRITING FOR PUBLICATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT.</strong>With Mary Jane Curry, (University of Rochester, US)&nbsp;I have been involved in a 10 year study of the writing for publication practices and experiences of&nbsp;scholars working outside of the&lsquo;Anglophone centre&rsquo; (Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal). I have also worked with Ann Hewings (Open University) and Dimitra Vladimirou (Hellenic American University) on building and analyzing a corpus of articles published in English medium&lsquo;national&rsquo; journals. For details of the project see<a href="http://creet.open.ac.uk/projects/paw/">http://creet.open.ac.uk/projects/paw/</a></p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. and Curry, M.J. (2010)<em>Academic writing in a global context.</em>London: Routledge.</p><p>Lillis, T., Hewings, A., Vladimirou, D. and Curry, M.J. (2010) The geolinguistics of English as an Academic Lingua Franca: citation practices across English medium national and English medium international journals.<em>International Journal of Applied Linguistics,</em>20,1: 111.135.</p><p>Lillis, T. ( 2012) Economies of signs in writing for academic publication: the case of English Medium&ldquo;National&rdquo; Journals.<em>Journal of Advanced Composition</em>.32.3-4&nbsp;: 695-722</p><h3><em><strong>We have&nbsp;also&nbsp;published a book aimed at informing scholars&#39; choices, decisions and practices about their academic writing for publication...</strong></em></h3><p>Curry, M.J. and Lillis, T. (2014)<strong>A scholars&rsquo; guide to getting published in English. Critical choices and practical strategies.</strong>Bristol: Multilingual Matters.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. WRITING IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION AND PRACTICE.</strong>With Lucy Rai (Health and Social Care, Open University, UK), I&nbsp; worked on several research projects seeking to&nbsp;document&nbsp;the writing carried out in everyday social work practice&nbsp;and to explore the implications of our findings for university based pedagogy and professional training.<strong></strong></p><h3><em><strong>In October 2015 a newly ESRC funded&nbsp;research project on writing in social work started. The research team are Theresa Lillis, Maria Leedham and Alsion Twiner. Lucy Rai is chair of the advisory panel.</strong></em></h3><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. and Rai, L. (2011) A case study of a research based collaboration around writing in social work<em>, Across the Disciplines</em>ISSN: 1554-8244. Available at:<a href="http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/clil/lillis-rai.cfm" rel="nofollow">http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/clil/lillis-rai.cfm</a></p><p>Lillis,&nbsp;T. and Rai, L. ( 2012) Quelle relation entre l&rsquo;&eacute;crit acad&eacute;mique et l&rsquo;&eacute;crit professionnel? Une&eacute;tude de cas dans le domaine du travail social.<em>Pratiques.</em>153/154.</p><p><strong>4. WRITING WITH OLD AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR POPULAR POLITICAL ACTIVITY IN THE 21C.</strong>This is a recent research focus of mine which grew out of my interest in the range of writings being used in political demonstrations in Spain 2011&lt;&lt;15-M&gt;&gt; including banners, Facebook, flipcharts, notebooks, texting, leaflets.</p><p><em>Some related publications</em>:</p><p>Lillis, T. (2013).<em>The sociolinguistics of writing.</em>Edinburgh: EUP.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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Research overview <p><strong>Funded Research Projects&nbsp;</strong></p><p>October 2015&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Economic and Social Research Council (ES/MOO803/1).&pound;270,000. Principal Investigator.&nbsp;<em>Writing in professional social work practice in a&nbsp; changing communicative landscape</em>.</p><p>June 2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC RES-063-27-0263)&pound;228,296.61.Research Fellowship<strong>.</strong><em>The sociolinguistics of writing in a global context</em>. (End of Award Report, April 2012)</p><p>March 2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Action research Project with North East Derbyshire (NED) Adult Services&pound;2000&nbsp;<em>Case notes in social work practice.</em>(With Lucy Rai, HSC).</p><p>March 2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PBPL/CETL funding of pilot project.&pound;6000.<em>Getting it write/right: Professional writing in social work</em>. ( With Lucy Rai, HSC).</p><p>January 2007&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC RES-00022-2234)&pound;98,796. Principal Investigator.<em>Trajectories of knowledge production: English medium academic writing for national, transnational and international contexts.</em>Final report/outcomes awarded&lsquo;Outstanding&rsquo; by ESRC.</p><p>April 2006&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; British Academy.&pound;800. Travel grants to Hungary and Slovakia for project field work.</p><p>April 2004&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; British Academy. (SG38601)&pound;4,863. Principal Investigator. Small grant.<em>The impact of&lsquo;literacy brokers&rsquo; on the production of academic texts in a global context.</em></p><p>January 2004&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;British Academy.&pound;800. Travel grants to Hungary and Slovakia for project field work.</p><p>October 2002&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Economic and Social Research Council(ESRC RES-000-22-0098):&pound;40,677 Principal investigator.<em>Professional academic writing in a global context</em>(sites in Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal).</p><p>August 2002&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;British Academy<em>.</em>&pound;800. Travel grants to Hungary and Slovakia for project field work.</p><p>March 2001&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Open University Research Development Fund:&pound;22,196.&lsquo;Professional academic writing in a global context&rsquo; project (with M. J. Curry).</p>
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