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Kristen Di Gennaro

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

English - NYC

  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 1518


Kristen's research relates to the teaching and assessment of writing, with a particular focus on sociolinguistic aspects of writing. Kristen's empirical work examines the effectiveness (or not) of written corrective feedback in writing instruction and presumed differences between international and Generation 1.5 writers. Additional research interests include fairness in writing assessment, metacognitive approaches to teaching writing, and the interaction of language and gender. Kristen is currently the Director of Composition Studies.


EdD , Columbia University , New York , 2011
Applied Linguistics -- Writing Assessment

MA , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, PA , 1998

MA , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, PA , 1995
Italian Language and Literature

Awards and Honors

    2012 - Finalist, The Christopher Brumfit Thesis Award for Applied Linguistics
  • Pace University, 2006 - Outstanding Contribution Award
  • New York State TESOL Organization, 2004 - Teacher of the Year


Di Gennaro, K. K. Saying what they mean: Comparing international and U.S. resident second-language students' use of sociopragmatic features in writing. Writing & Pedagogy. Vol 7 (Issue 1)

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2013). From quantitative to qualitative: Writing descriptions of data from tables. ReadWriteThink. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/from-quantitative-qualitative-writing-31069.html

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2013, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). How different are they? A comparison of Generation 1.5 and international L2 learners' writing ability.. Assessing Writing. Vol 18 (Issue 2) , pages 154-171. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/assessing-writing/

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2012, September). The heterogeneous second-language population in US colleges and the impact on writing program design. Teaching English in the Two-Year College. Vol 40 (Issue 1) , pages 57-67. http://www.ncte.org/journals/tetyc

Kim, A. & Di Gennaro, K. K. (2012, August). Scoring behavior of native vs. non-native speaker raters of writing exams. Language Research. Vol 48 (Issue 2) , pages 319-342.

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2009, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Investigating differences in the writing performance of international and Generation 1.5 students. Language Testing. Vol 26 (Issue 4) , pages 533-559. http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201816

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2008, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Assessment of Generation 1.5 learners for placement into college writing courses. Journal of Basic Writing. Vol 27 (Issue 1) , pages 61-79.


Di Gennaro, K. K., Ekiert, M. & Choong, P. (2015, March). Applied Linguistics Winter Conference. 'We Are Very Interested in Your Study': Distinguishing Proper from Predatory Publishers. New York State TESOL , Teachers College, NYC

Di Gennaro, K. K. & Ekiert, M. (2014, March). Applied Linguistics Winter Conference. The impact of written corrective feedback on students' accuracy in writing. New York State TESOL, Teachers College, New York

Ekiert, M. & Di Gennaro, K. K. (2013, March). American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. English articles: Reconsidering the effectiveness of written corrective feedback. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX

Di Gennaro, K. K. & Markiewicz, A. (2013, March). Annual Conference of the New Jersey College English Association. Aligning assessment and instruction: Using writing placement responses to design course materials. NJCEA, South Orange, NJ

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2012, April). Language Testing Research Colloquium. Assessing the writing ability of diverse L2 populations: Comparing international L2 to Generation 1.5 learners. ILTA, Princeton, NJ

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2012, March). Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. Comparing the writing ability of Generation 1.5 and international L2 learners using many-facet Rasch measurement. Georgetown, Washington, DC

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research


  • American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • International Language Testing Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English


  • CAP Faculty Advisory Board [Committee Member]
  • Faculty Satisfaction Survey Committee [Committee Member]
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