Gary Dorher

Dr. Gary Dohrer, Professor of English

Office:  Elizabeth Hall 462
Phone:  801-626-7318


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, August, 1989       
Master of Arts, Saint Louis University, May 1979
Bachelor of Arts, Wichita State University, May 1974

Professional Experience:

  • Director, Wasatch Range Writing Project, Ogden, Utah 2007- present
  • Department Chair, Weber State University Department of English, Ogden, Utah 2000-2006
  • Professor of English, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah 1989-present
  • English Department Chair, Wichita High School Metro, Wichita, Kansas 1983-1985
  • English Teacher, Wichita High School Metro Wichita, Kansas 1979-1985
  • English Teacher, Wichita High School East, Wichita, Kansas 1976-1979
  • English Teacher, Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita, Kansas 1974-1976

Professional Service:

  • Utah Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (UCTE) 1989-present
  • Member of Executive Committee, UCTE 1994-2007
  • Comm. Member, Language and Learning Across the Curriculum, NCTE 1995-1996
  • Vice President of the UCTE/LA Chair of the Annual Conference 1999-2000
  • President of the UCTE/LA 2000-2001 
  • Treasurer of UCTE/LA 2001-2004 
  • Member of the Utah Writing Project Steering Committee 2003-2006
  • Founding Director of the Wasatch Range Writing Project 2007-present 
  • Member of the National Writing Project 2007-present
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Board for Tanner Humanities Center, U of U 2010-2012 
  • Director of Judges, QUEST 2010-2011 
  • Facilities Chair, QUEST 2012

Selected University Service:

  • Arts and Humanities Representative on Faculty Senate 1991-1995 2000-2003
  • Chair, Appointment, Promotion, Academic Freedom and Tenure Comm. 1994-1997
  • Member, Executive Committee of Faculty Senate 2001-2003
  • Vice Chair, Faculty Senate 2001-2002
  • Chair, Faculty Senate 2002-2003
  • Member of the University Presidential Search Committee 2002
  • Chair, Weber State University P-16 Area Alliance Writing Subcommittee 2011-
  • Member Master of Arts Steering Committee 2006-2009 2011-present

Community Service:

  • Member Weber-Davis Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors  2005-2007
  • Co-founded and facilitated community writing workshop for veterans  2007-2009
  • Member Weber County Library System Board of Trustees 2002-2010
  • Chair Weber County Library System Board of Trustees 2007-2010


  • Helped develop curriculum for M.A., English Licensure Track ongoing
  • Developed curriculum, Wasatch Range Writing Project summer workshops ongoing
  • Co-founded and facilitated Faculty Writing Initiative, an Interdisciplinary
  • Writing initiative for faculty at WSU 2010-2012
  • Developed and presented two-year professional development project
  • Bear River High School to improve teaching of writing across the curriculum 2010-2012
  • Planned and implemented year-long series of professional development workshops at Judge Memorial High School 2011-2012
  • Planned and implemented year-long series of professional development workshops at Polk Elementary, Ogden School District 2011-2012
  • Planned and implemented a series of four professional development
  • Workshops with Science and Social Studies teachers from
  • Weber School District 2011-2012
  • Teach English/Language Arts Methods courses at Weber State University
  • Teach Introductory College Writing courses at Weber State University  ongoing 

Selected Professional Activities:

  • Presented “Developing Site Leadership,” National Writing Project Annual Conference, New York City 2007
  • Presented  “Developing Project Site Identity,” National Writing Project Annual Conference, San Antonio  2008
  • Presented “Writing to Teach Content Knowledge,” Annual Adjunct Faculty retreat 2012
  • Presented “Challenges to Huckleberry Finn,” Weber Reads Weber County Library System program.  2012


  • Hemingway Faculty Development Award 1991
  • Exemplary Project in Teacher Education Award Utah Association of Teacher Educators 1992
  • Weber State University Exemplary Collaboration Award 1992
  • Weber State University Faculty Collaboration Award 2005
  • H. Aldous Dixon Award: For distinguished service as a member of the WSU faculty and staff meeting the needs of students and achieving career excellence 2007
  • Weber State University Faculty Collaborative Award 2009
  • Utah Council of Teachers of English, Bill and Carol Strong
  • English Teacher of the year award for excellence in teaching, service and professionalism 2012