Rachel Rodriguez

  • Director of the Writing Center

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Dr. Rachel Rodriguez earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville in 2021, her MA in English from the University of Maine, and her BA in English and Spanish from McDaniel College. She comes to Washington College with experience administering the writing centers at the University of Louisville and Chesapeake College. Her research interests include writing centers, composition pedagogy, translingualism, language difference, and basic writing. She has taught composition, basic writing, rhetoric, literature, business writing, and SAT test prep.

“Engaging the Quiet Student: Digital Backchanneling in the Composition Classroom.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 48, no. 3, 2021, pp. 354-62.  
“The Unique Affordances of Plainness in George Eliot’s Silas Marner and Middlemarch.” George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, vol. 72, no. 1, 2020, pp. 34-54.
“Translingual Approaches to Writing and Its Instruction.” Co-authored with Bruce Horner, Emily Yuko Cousins, Jaclyn Hilberg, N. Claire Jackson, and Alex Way. WPA-CompPile Research Bibliography, No. 28, 2019.   

National Presentations:
“Questioning Our Reification of ‘Standards’ in the Writing Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Virtual, April 7, 2021. 
“Sustaining Community Literacy Efforts through a Rhetoric of Respect.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Virtual, October 29, 2020.
“The Impact of the ‘Traveling Tutor’ Program on Campus Outreach and Tutor Development.” International Writing Centers Association. Columbus, OH, October 18, 2019. 
“Watching Our Words: A Corpus Analysis of Translingual Metaphors.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA, March 16th, 2019.
“Using the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing as a Tool to Inform First-Year Composition Pedagogy and Ensure College-Readiness in Secondary Schools.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, March 23, 2012.