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Kristen Di Gennaro

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and 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. Subjectively-Scored Formats. TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell.

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2016, September). Comparing international and US resident second language learners' performances in five domains of writing. Studies in Language Testing. Cambridge University Press.

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2016, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Searching for differences and discovering similarities: Why international and resident second language learners' grammatical errors cannot serve as a proxy for placement into writing courses. Assessing Writing. Vol 29 , pages 1-14.

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). The heterogeneous second-language population in US colleges and the impact on writing program design. Teaching Composition at the Two-Year College. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Di Gennaro, K. K. & Schultz, I. (2015, September). Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles. Read Write Think. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/style-shifting-examining-using-31158.html

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2015, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). What do 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, 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. (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. (2016, April). American Association for Applied Linguistics. Focused Written Corrective Feedback: What a Replication Study Reveals about Linguistic Target Mastery. Orlando, FL

Choong, K. & di Gennaro, K. (2016, April). New Jersey College English Association. Writing-about- Writing: A Solution to Composition's Long-Standing Content Problem. Seton Hall University, New Jersey

Brewer, M. & di Gennaro, K. (2016, April). New Jersey College English Association. 'Yes, but what is your field?': What Do Micro-Aggressions Have To Do With Composition?. Seton Hall University, New Jersey

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2016, March). English Department Faculty Forum. "But what do you do?". Pace University

Di Gennaro, K. K. (2016, February). English Department Composition Faculty Professional Development. Rubrics: Making the Invisible Visible. Pace University, Pace University

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

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


  • 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
  • Modern Language Association 2005


  • Academic Resources Committee [Committee Member]
  • Scholarly Research Committee [Committee Member]
  • CAP Faculty Advisory Board [Committee Member]
  • Faculty Satisfaction Survey Committee [Committee Member]
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