- Dr. Zigmond's research continues to examine various aspects of how cognition affects composition. An innovative component of her work is exploring what is required in college writing to meet the demands of professional and on-the-job writing. To this end, she continues research in assignment design that promotes authentic writing in life after college. In particular, her overarching research questions are, to what degree do adults transfer their writing skills to their writing in professional settings and what are the most critical writing skills needed to write successfully on the job? The results of this research informs her modifications in undergraduate writing curricula.