Dawn Atkinson directs the Writing Program at Montana Technological University in Butte, Montana, and serves as interim head of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department. She earned B.A. degrees in English and History from the University of Montana (UM), an M.A. degree in Journalism from UM, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University in England. Prior to teaching writing courses at Montana Technological University, she taught on the English for Academic Purposes Programme at Lancaster University and in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Taichung Healthcare and Management University (now Asia University) in Taiwan. Her research interests include textbook development, writing expertise, and the reading and notetaking practices used by university students. All views presented are those of the author.