Omar Yacoub

Omar Yacoub
Indiana University of Pennsylvania | IUP · Department of English

Doctor of Philosophy


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My name is Omar Yacoub and I am a Ph.D candidate in the Composition and Applied Linguistics program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I am also a writing center's Business Writing Coordinator and tutor. My research is primarily focused on students’ writing transfer and development within and across various disciplines. My teaching experience has evolved in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms and is currently developing in writing classrooms.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
  • Research Assistant
  • I am a Ph.D. candidate with a research focus on writing transfer and writing development. In addition, I work as a research assistant at Kathleen Jones White writing center at IUP.
August 2017 - May 2019
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Field of study
  • TESOL and Composition
August 2013 - May 2017
Ain Shams University
Field of study
  • English Literature Linguistics


Publications (6)
While writing is a critical part of the medical profession, longitudinal studies exploring the social apprenticeship and genre knowledge development of medical practitioners are almost non-existent. Through interviews and writing samples, this article traces a 10-year journey of one writer’s engagement with the Patient SOAP note, following his expe...
E-learning has been on the rise due to its unique functionality. Yet, little is known about the tensions English language (EL) teachers experience in an e-learning environment across contexts. This study specifically aimed to examine the extent to which EL teachers employ highly autonomous learning, vivid multimedia instruction, enhancing instructo...
First-Year Composition (FYC) courses are expected to prepare students to write in different rhetorical situations, which include teaching them genre knowledge and audience awareness. The WPA Outcomes Statement for FYC stresses genre knowledge and audience awareness as an essential element of rhetorical knowledge. Now, given the increased social med...
Multilingual Academic Writing is a bridge course entitled to prepare multilingual high school students, enrolled in a boarding school, to transition to college writing. This course design responds to a call by James (“Far transfer”) to “examine transfer of learning outcomes in a variety of ESL writing instruction settings” (80). This design of a br...
PARS in Practice: More Resources and Strategies for Online Writing Instructors is an extension of Personal, Accessible, Responsive, and Strategic: Resources and Strategies for Online Writing Instructors (2019) where Borgman and McArdle introduced the PARS approach to online instruction–– personal, accessible, responsive, and strategic. In this edit...
This review is primarily motivated by the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led many educational institutions to transition into online instruction. The significance of this book lies in the fact that while many writing courses are delivered online, significantly fewer writing instructors are experienced in online writing instructi...