Kenneth Bruffee: Brief
Kenneth A. Bruffee is Professor of English and Director of the
Scholars Program and the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College, City
University of New York.
A graduate of Wesleyan University with a Ph.D. in English from
Northwestern University, he has taught at the University of New
Mexico, Northwestern University, the University of Virginia,
Columbia University, Cooper Union, and the University of
Pennsylvania. He directed a FIPSE-funded Institute in Peer
Tutoring and Collaborative Learning in 1979-82. He has held a
Broeklundian Professorship at Brooklyn College, 1991-94, and was a
Wolfe Institute Faculty Fellow, 1991-92.
Professor Bruffee's publications include:
- Elegiac Romance: Cultural Change and Loss of the Hero in
Modern Fiction (Ithaca: Cornell U P, 1983).
- A Short Course in Writing, 4th edition (New York:
Addison Wesley Longman, 1992).
- Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence
and the Authority of Knowledge, 2nd edition (Baltimore: Johns
Hopkins U P, 1990).
- Articles Modern English Quarterly,
Studies in English Literature, College English, Liberal
Education, Forum for Honors, and Change.
He was a member of the editorial advisory board of Liberal
Education, the journal of the Association of American Colleges.
Articles of his that have been anthologized include:
- "The Lesser Nightmare: Marlow's Lie in Heart of
Darkness," Modern Language Quarterly, 25 ).
- "Collaborative Learning: Some Practical Models" (College
English, 34 (1972).
- "Collaborative Learning and 'The Conversation of Mankind,'"
College English, 46 (1984).
- "Social Construction, Language, and the Authority of
Knowledge: A Bibliographical Essay" College English 48
- "Science in a Postmodern World," Change (fall 1992).
Professor Bruffee was keynote speaker at the Brown University
Conference on Peer Tutoring, 1984 and 1993; delivered the
University of Memphis Marcus Orr Higher Education Lecture on
"Changing Paradigms in College and University Teaching," 1996; was
the first Chair of the Modern Language Association Teaching of
Writing Division (1976); was the founding editor of WPA, the
journal of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators,
of which he was a co-founder; and has been a New York University
Faculty Resource Network Scholar in Residence, 1998-2000.
He has led colloquia on collaborative learning, liberal
education, and the authority of knowledge at Bard College, Brown
University, Bucknell University, University of Chicago, Colby
College, University of Colorado, Columbia University, University of
Delaware, Hobart-William Smith College, Lewis and Clark College,
Union College, University of Memphis, University of Minnesota, New
York University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the
U. S. Army War College (Carlisle), and at the Woodrow Wilson
Foundation Workshop on Interpreting the Humanities at Princeton
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