Jennifer Ahern Dodson

Jennifer Ahern Dodson

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
115 Art Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708-0425
(919) 660-4393


Jennifer Ahern-Dodson's research centers on the role that community plays in shaping attitudes toward writing, fostering self-authorship, and cultivating learning spaces that promote rigor, creativity, critical reflection, and civic engagement. She has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives focused on public scholarship at Duke, leads faculty learning communities that explore pedagogical innovations in writing and undergraduate research, and teaches digital storytelling and student activism. She founded the Faculty Write Program and is the Associate Director for the Duke Language, Arts + Media Program. Since 2002 she has co-created Durham-based storytelling projects with students and community members. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Florida State University 2001

Dufour, M., and J. Ahern Dodson. “Good Writers Always Follow My Rules.” Bad Ideas about Writing, edited by C. Ball and D. Loewe, 2017.

Ahern Dodson, J. “Composing a life in the academy: Connecting intellectual, personal, and activist commitments.Rewriting Success: Constructing Careers and Institutional Change in Rhetoric and Composition., edited by C. Leverenz et al., Parlour, 2013.

Ahern Dodson, J. “Enhancing the learning in service-learning composition classes: Fostering critical reflection with students, faculty, and community partners.” Service-Learning in the Composition Classroom, edited by S. Garza, 2012.

Ahern-Dodson, J., et al. “Beyond the numbers: understanding how a diversity mentoring program welcomes students into a scientific community.” Ecosphere, vol. 11, no. 2, Feb. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1002/ecs2.3025. Full Text

Ahern Dodson, J., and D. Reisinger. “Moving beyond corrective feedback: (Re)engaging with student writing in L2 through audio response.Journal of Response to Writing, vol. 3, no. 1, 2017, pp. 129–52.

Ahern-Dodson, J., and D. K. Comer. “Multidisciplinarity and the Tablet: A Study of Writing Practices.” Writing Across the Curriculum, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 63–82.

Ahern Dodson, Jennifer. “What faculty writers need.” Inside Higher Education, 31 Oct. 2016.

Ahern Dodson, J. “Teach the Moment.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, vol. 48, no. 6, 2016.

Ahern Dodson, Jennifer. “The Role of Community in Working with Faculty Writers: Response to 'The Supplementary Clerk'.".” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, vol. 2, no. 11, 2013, pp. 1–6.