Ann O Watters

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Office Phone:
1- 650- 342-3843
650- 342-3843

Office Location:
Sweet Hall, Third Floor, Stanford, CA 94305

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Dr. Ann Watters has taught English for 30 years, the last 25 at Stanford University in the English department and the first year writing program, now the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. In the writing program from 1988 to 1995 she served as director and associate director, co-teaching the graduate pedagogy workshops and supervising graduate teaching fellows; she also developed the computers and writing program and the community service writing project.

In addition to serving as a lecturer at Stanford, she is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, where she taught for twelve years in the School of Medicine, and she is a clinical psychologist in private practice (San Mateo, California). She has written several articles and has authored or co-edited 10 books, most recently Global Exchange: Reading and Writing in a World Context; and, with Joyce Moser, Creating America: Reading and Writing Arguments, now in its fourth edition. Most recently she wrote "Re-Centering Pedagogy in an Age of Narcissism" published in the Journal of General Education (Pennsylvania State Press).

She has also authored a number of software programs including a multi-media program, "The Art of Persuasion." In recent years her courses have included "The Science of Writing and the Writing of Science," "The Rhetoric of Psychological Warfare and Propaganda," and "Global Exchange: Reading and Writing in a World Context." Current courses focus on cross-cultural issues.

She is currently lecturer emerita and continues to teach full time; she will be teaching PWR 2 Autumn 2015 Monday and Wednesday afternoons. She can be reached via email,