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

CCE STEM Standard: An Investigation of Text Recycling in Scientific Research awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Professional Readers for STEM Student Writers awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Moskovitz, C, and Smith-Lovin, L. Writing in Sociology: A Brief Guide. Ed. T Deans and M Poe. Oxford University Press, November 2016. (Textbook)

Moskovitz, C. "Introducing Students to College Writing: Moving beyond Humanities-Centered Practices." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 11.1 (January 1, 2011): 211-218. Full Text

Moskovitz, C. "Volunteer expert readers for STEM student writers." Across the Disciplines 11.2 (December 22, 2014).

Wood, KA, Moskovitz, C, and Valiga, TM. "Audio feedback for student writing in online nursing courses: exploring student and instructor reactions." J Nurs Educ 50.9 (September 2011): 540-543. Full Text

Moskovitz, C, and Kellogg, D. "Inquiry-based writing in the laboratory course (Science (919))." Science 333.6039 (July 8, 2011): 158-. Full Text

Cary Moskovitz, . "The Duke Reader Project: Engaging the University Community in Undergraduate Writing Instruction." Liberal Education 94.3/4 (July 2011): 48-53. (Academic Article)

Moskovitz, C, and Kellogg, D. "Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course." SCIENCE 332.6032 (May 20, 2011): 919-920. Full Text

Moskovitz, C, and Kellogg, D. "Science education. Inquiry-based writing in the laboratory course." Science 332.6032 (May 20, 2011): 919-920. Full Text

Reynolds, J, Smith, R, Moskovitz, C, and Sayle, A. "BioTAP: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Scientific Writing and Evaluating Undergraduate Theses." BIOSCIENCE 59.10 (November 2009): 896-903. Full Text


Wahls, RA, Vess, RJ, and Moskovitz, CA. "An experimental investigation of apex fence flaps on delta wings." January 1, 1985.

Moskovitz, C. "The Laboratory Report as a Rhetorical Act (plenary talk)." 2015 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year. July 22, 2015 - July 24, 2015. College Park, MD.

Moskovitz, C. "Self-Plagiarism, Text Recycling, and Science Education." BioScience 66.1 (January 1, 2016): 5-6. Full Text

Moskovitz, C. "Plagiarism or text recycling? It depends on the context." OUPblog (December 24, 2015). (Blog)

Moskovitz, C, and Kellogg, D. "Lab Course Goals: Science or Writing? Response." SCIENCE 333.6042 (July 29, 2011): 524-524.

Moskovitz, C, and Kellogg, D. "Inquiry-based writing in the laboratory course (vol 332, pg 922, 2011)." SCIENCE 333.6039 (July 8, 2011): 158-158.

Moskovitz, C. "Reader Experts Help Students Bring the Write Stuff." The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 2011).