Asao Inoue

Assoc Dean & Professor
TEMPE Campus
Assoc Dean & Professor
TEMPE Campus
Affililate Faculty Member; Professor
TEMPE Campus


Asao B. Inoue is professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. His research focuses on antiracist and social justice theory and practices in writing assessments. He is the 2019 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and has been a past member of the CCCC Executive Committee, and the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment, race, and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in Research in the Teaching of English, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, "Race and Writing Assessment" (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. He also has published a co-edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity (2018), and a book, Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom (2019). All royalties for his newest book, Above the Well: An Antiracist Literacy Argument from a Boy of Color (2021) are donated to the Asao and Kelly Inoue Antiracist Teaching Endowment at their alma mater, Oregon State University. 


  • Ph.D. Washington State University
  • M.A. Oregon State University
  • B.A. Oregon State University 

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Research Interests

Antiracist writing assessment

social justice work in writing classrooms and the academy 

labor-based grading contracts 

composition theory and pedagogy 

compassion in the classroom

Understanding and addressing White language supremacy 


Books and Edited Collections

Inoue, Asao B. (2021). Above The Well: An Antiracist Literacy Argument from A Boy of Color. WAC Clearinghouse and Utah State University Press.

Inoue, Asao B. (2019). Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom. University Press of Colorado and WAC Clearinghouse.


Mya Poe, Inoue, Asao B., and Norbert Elliott (eds.). (2018) Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity. University Press of Colorado and WAC Clearinghouse. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2015). Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for A Socially Just Future. Fort Collins: Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse. Winner of the 2017 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph, and the 2015 CWPA Best  Book Award.


Inoue, Asao B., and Poe, Mya (editors). (2012). Race and Writing Assessment. New York: Peter Lang. Winner of the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection.


Journal Articles

Inoue, Asao B. (2019). “Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgements of Language.” Forthcoming in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 19.3.


Moore, Scott D., Sanchez, Rudolph J., Inoue, Asao B., Statham, Russel D., Zelezny, Lynnette, and Covino, William A. (2014). “Leveraging Technology to Alleviate Student Bottlenecks: The Self-Paced Online Tutorial – Writing (SPOT).” Journal of Continuing Higher Education 62.1, pp. 50-55. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2014). “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments.” Research in the Teaching of English 48.3, 330-352. Winner of the 2014 CWPA Award for Outstanding Scholarship on Writing Program Administration (received in 2016).


Inoue, Asao B. (2007). “Articulating Sophistic Rhetoric as a Validity Heuristic for Writing Assessment.” The Journal of Writing Assessment 3.1, pp. 31-54.


Inoue, Asao B. (2004). “Community-Based Assessment Pedagogy.” Assessing Writing 9.3, pp. 208-238. 


Inoue, Asao B. “CCCC Chair’s Address: How do We Language So People Stop Killing Each Other, Or What Do We Do About White Language Supremacy.” CCC 71.2 (Dec 2019). 


Inoue, Asao B. “Antiracist Writing Pedagogy: Racialized Places of Labor and Listening.” Reflections on Antiracist Pedagogies: An SWR Discussion, blog post for SWR book series. SWR/NCTE (18 Dec 2017). 


Inoue, Asao B. “Racism in Writing Programs and the CWPA.” Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 40.1 (Fall 2016). 


Inoue, Asao B. (2016). “Afterward: Narratives that Determine Writers and Social Justice Writing Center Work.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 14.1.


Inoue, Asao B. (2016). “The Complications of Berlin’s Original Call to Teach Writing as Citizenship,” blog post for SWR book series. SWR/ NCTE (6 Dec 2016). 


Inoue, Asao B. (2015). “The Living Scholarship of Composition Studies: A Case for Students-as-Scholarship,” response article to the CCCC statement on the Scholarship in Composition. College Composition and Communication 66.3, pp. 697-700. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2010). “Engaging with Assessment Technologies: Responding to Valuing Diversity as a WPA,” WPA: Writing Program Administration 33.3, pp. 134-138. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2009). “Self-Assessment As Programmatic Center: The First Year Writing Program and Its Assessment at Fresno State University.” Composition Forum 20, online journal (see reprint below in Book Chapters). 


Inoue, Asao B. (2008). “A Reply to Peter Elbow on ‘Community-Based Assessment Pedagogy.” Assessing Writing 12.3, pp. 228-233. 


Inoue, Asao B. (1999). “Teaching with Feeling: A Subjective Pedagogy.” Community College Humanities Review 20.2. pp. 136-57. 


Book Chapters

Inoue, Asao B. (2019). “Afterword: Who Is Served, and Gets Served, in WPA Work?” In Staci Perryman-Clark and Collin Craig (eds.), Black Perspectives on Blackness in Writing Program Administration: From the Margins to the Center. Urbana: Studies in Writing And Rhetoric/NCTE, in review. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2019). “Becoming in the New World.” Norbert Elliot and Alice Horning, eds. Talking Back: Senior Scholars Deliberate the Past, Present, and Future of Writing Studies. University Press of Colorado. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2019). “Embrace the Opposition.” John Gallagher and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition. University of Colorado / Utah State University Press.


Inoue, Asao B. (2017). “Writing Assessment as the Conditions for Translingual Approaches: An Argument for Fairer Assessments.” In Bruce Horner and Laura Tetreault (Eds.), Crossing Divides: Exploring Translingual Writing Pedagogies and Programs. Logan: Utah State University Press. Collection is the winner of the 2018 MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Book Award.


Inoue, Asao B. (2017). “What Does the Field of Writing Assessment Need? Or, How Asian and Asian American Rhetoric Can Help Writing Assessments Work Better.” In Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and Hyoejin Yoon (eds.), Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the CCCC AAAC. Anderson, SC: New City Community Press/Parlor Press.


Inoue, Asao B. (2016). “Forward: On Antiracist Agendas.” In Frankie Condon & Vershawn A. Young (Eds.), Performing Antiracist Pedagogy. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press. pp. xi-xx. 


Inoue, Asao B., and Richmond, Tyler. (2016). “Theorizing the Reflection Practices of Hmong College Students: Is 'Reflection' A Racialized Discourse?” co-written with Tyler Richmond. In Kathleen Blake Yancey (Ed.), A Rhetoric of Reflection. Logan: Utah State University Press. pp. 125-145. 


Inoue, Asao B., and Scott, Tony. (2015). “Threshold Concept: Assessing Writing Shapes Contexts and Writing.” In Elizabeth Wardle and Linda Adler-Kasner (Eds.), Naming What We Know: Writing at the Threshold. Logan: Utah State University Press. pp. 29-31.


Inoue, Asao B. (2015). “Self-Assessment as Programmatic Center: The First Year Writing Program and Its Assessment at California State University, Fresno” (reprint with coda). In Mary Jo Reiff, Anis Bawarshi, Michelle Ballif, and Christian Weisser (Eds.), Ecologies of Writing Programs: Profiles of Writing Programs in Context. Anderson: Parlor Press. pp. 252-281. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2014). “A Grade-less Writing Course that Focuses on Labor and Assessing.” In Deborah Teague and Ronald Lunsford (Eds.), First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice. Lauer Series (Series Eds. Jenny Bay and Thomas Rickert). Anderson: Parlor Press. pp. 71-110. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2012). “Racial Formations in Two Writing Assessments: Revisiting White and Thomas’ Findings on the English Placement Test After Thirty Years,” co-written with Mya Poe. In Norbert Elliot and Les Perelman (Eds.), Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White. New York: Hampton Press. pp. 343-361.


Inoue, Asao B. (2012). “Racial Methodologies for Composition Studies: Reflecting on Theories of Race in Writing Assessment Research.” In Lee Nickoson and Mary P. Sheridan (Eds.), Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Southern Illinois University Press. pp. 125-39. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2012). “Grading Contracts: Assessing Their Effectiveness on Different Racial Formations.” In Asao B. Inoue and Mya Poe (Eds.), Race and Writing Assessment, (peer-reviewed through the press). New York: Peter Lang. pp. 79-94.


Inoue, Asao B. (2011). “Structuring Code Meshing into Educational Policy,” response Chapter on Policies for Code Meshing. In Vershawn Ashanti Young and Aja Martinez (Eds.), Code Meshing as World English: Policy, Pedagogy, Performance. Urbana: NCTE Press. pp. 95-98.


Inoue, Asao B. (2010). “Teaching the Rhetoric of Writing Assessment.” In Joseph Harris, John Miles, and Charles Paine (Eds.), Teaching With Student Texts. Logan: Utah State University Press. pp. 46-57. 


Inoue, Asao B. (2009). “The Technology Of Writing Assessment And Racial Validity.” In Christopher S. Schreiner (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Assessment Technologies, Methods, and Applications in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. pp. 97-120. 


Inoue, Asao B. (1999). “Mending Babel’s Walls.” In Stephen Tchudi (Ed.), Halcyon Series: Volume 21, Community in the American West. Reno: University of Nevada Press. pp. 3-28.


Spring 2021
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ENG 368 Art of the Personal Essay
Fall 2020
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ENG 494 Special Topics
ENG 509 Studies in Narrative Writing
Spring 2020
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ENG 598 Special Topics

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