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David MacKinnon

Assistant Director, Writing Program and Center; Instructor

Phone: (904) 620-2273
Office: Writing Center (Building 4, Room 2501)


Faculty Bio

Areas of Expertise

First-year Writing

Distance- and Hybrid-learning Pedagogies 
Writing Program Administration
Professional development


Doctorate of Education, Education Leadership

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
(Expected) May 2020
Dissertation Topic: Writing Program Administration and Faculty Development Effects on Confidence in and Perceptions of Pedagogical Ability

Master of Arts, English
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
May 2008
Thesis: "From Sovereign to Self: Placing the Politics of Prose for Aphra Behn"

Bachelor of Arts, English
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
April 2005



University QEP Co-Director

UNF Writing Program & Center
Jacksonville, FL

  • Report directly to the Writing Advisory Council and will be the leads on the action items
  • Charged with coordinating and effecting the action items listed in the 2019-20 QEP under the purview of the Writing Advisory Council
  • Develop and promote a collaborative community of engaged faculty, students, and staff
  • Coordinate faculty writing and assessment instruction
  • Communicate updates and news to the university community
  • Coordinate the assessment of first-year and program-specific writing samples
  • Monitor the QEP budget judiciously
  • Report on the progress of the Quality Enhancement Plan to the university population
  • Other necessary duties as assigned.

Instructor, Assistant Director
UNF Writing Program & Center
Jacksonville, FL

  • Assist Writing Program Director to coordinate program initiatives, including budgetary planning, faculty outreach coordination, and common clerical processes
  • Develop and pilot large in-person and online first-year writing courses
  • Grow writing center traffic through engaging faculty and academic programs to advertise writing program and center offerings
  • Assist Quality Enhancement Plan Director (QEP) to integrate QEP efforts into writing program
  • Support graduate assistants to develop pedagogies and practices and to support writing program curriculum
  • Support part-time faculty to adapt curriculum to their interests and abilities to support students in writing program courses
  • Design and assess program curricula for first-year, technical, and professional writing course sequences

Instructor, Coordinator
UNF Writing Program & Center
Jacksonville, FL

  • Developed and implemented first-year writing curriculum redesign
  • Developed comprehensive Writing Program online-learning model for General Education writing courses
  • Developed and conducted discipline-specific writing courses such as Writing for Engineers and Professional Communications for Advertising
  • Developed and conducted online-learning writing instruction for technical writing and first-year composition courses
  • Trained and coordinated graduate students to facilitate online writing courses and general tutoring
  • Developed university writing placement exam for incoming first-year students
  • Designed and offered first-year and technical/professional communication writing courses
  • Trained part-time faculty in common course syllabi and materials
  • Assisted Writing Program Director to develop and implement writing program initiatives, as outreach to professional colleges and coordinating with College of Arts & Sciences administration to pilot a university writing center


Adjunct Instructor
UNF Department of English
Jacksonville, FL

  • Instructed first-year writing courses, to include Freshman Composition, Introduction to Literature, Style and Grammar, Technical Writing, and Writing for Engineers
  • Consulted with UNF’s Engineering program as part of Writing Program outreach and provided writing seminars to Senior Engineering Design students
  • Developed ENC 2127 - Style and Grammar course and materials for Writing Program
  • Developed Writing Program rubrics to assess and document student writing skills