Gary Dorher


Dr. Gary Dohrer, Professor of English


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

Gary Dohrer, Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Office:  Elizabeth Hall 462 

Phone:  801.626.7318