Biography

Peter Adams taught—primarily writing courses—at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) for thirty-six years before retiring in 2014.

His professional experience includes tenures with the editorial board of the Journal of Basic Writing, the executive board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and chairing the Conference on Basic Writing (CBW).

From 2007 until 2014, he directed the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) at CCBC, which he designed to improve success rates for students placed in developmental writing courses. In 2012, ALP was the focus of a major study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia, a study whose “results suggest that ALP students are more likely than similar non-ALP students to pass English 101 and to take and pass English 102.”

Professor Adams has spoken widely about ALP and about developmental education more broadly. He has consulted regularly for Complete College America and for the Education Commission of the States. In addition, he has addressed state-wide gatherings of developmental educators in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Hawai’i, Utah, and West Virginia. ALP has been adopted at more than 300 colleges across the country. Adams has consulted with more than 200 schools as they planned to implement ALP and conducted professional development for faculty at most of those schools.

Professor Adams is the author of The Hub: A Place for Reading and Writing (Bedford Books), the first textbook designed specifically for ALP and other co-requisite writing courses.