Cary Moskovitz

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
Art Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708-0025
(919) 668-1615


My current research interests lie in two areas: (1) text recycling and (2) higher education writing pedagogy.

1. Text recycling (aka "self-plagiarism"): "Text-recycling” refers to a writer’s reusing excerpts from previously published writing, either verbatim or in a slightly altered form, in a new publication without attribution. This practice is more common and accepted than generally acknowledged, especially in the natural and medical sciences, where it is often tacitly expected. My research explores the ethical, practical, and legal issues of text recycling in scientific research and writing--in both professional and educational contexts.

2.Issues in higher education writing pedagogy: I am particularly interested in approaches to teaching writing that help students move beyond seeing writing as something one does to complete a school assignment to understanding writing as an intellectual and rhetorical activity. More broadly, I am interested in practical questions about how faculty who are not specifically trained in writing pedagogy can work productively with student writing. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University 1989

  • M.S., North Carolina State University 1987

  • B.S., North Carolina State University 1985