Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D.

Risa Gorelick, Ph.D.

Dr. Gorelick earned her Ph.D. in English/Rhetoric from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, her MA in English Composition/Rhetoric from Miami University of Ohio, and her BA with Honors in English from Goucher College. She has over 20 years experience as a college-level writing instructor and writing program/writing center administrator. She has a long background in mentoring graduate students and junior faculty with their research projects.

Dr. Gorelick’s background as a educator can be characterized as a combination of collaborative-based and community-based work. She has published 15+ articles/chapters in scholarly blind-reviewed journals and given 75+ conference presentations/workshops. Risa has taught college-level writing in Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Her specialties include honors, basic writing, and advanced exposition courses, tutor training, English Education, and creative nonfiction. In her administrative work, Risa provides innovative leadership and management of academic programs to foster a strong commitment to student learning outcomes and academic excellence.

Additionally, for 21 years, Risa has served as the Chair/Co-Chair of the annual Research Network Forum [RNF] of the Conference of College Composition and Communication [CCCC]. The RNF provides a platform for composition and rhetoric scholars to learn the latest research in the field and allow participants to share their current projects in small thematic roundtables between work-in-progress presenters, discussion leaders, and editors of journals and university presses. Through Research Network Forum, Risa has assisted hundreds of graduate students at various stages of their dissertations and theses as well as faculty with turning their works-in-progress into published works.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Articles

“Food For Thought: Argument Writing.” Who Speaks for Writing? Eds. Ethna Dempsey Lay and Jennifer Rich. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2012: 147-156.

“Gone With Two Flashes” (creative non-fiction) InsideHigherEd.com. 20 August 2007. Available on-line: http://insidehighered.com/views/2007/08/20/gorelick.

“Exploring the Community in Service-Learning Writing Courses: A Case Study.” Readerly/Writerly Texts: Essays on Literary, Composition, and Pedagogical Theory. 11.1/2 -12.1/2 Double Issue (2006): 69-88.

“Bayou Jews.” (creative non-fiction) The Louisiana Review 4(Fall/Winter 2004-2005): 155-159.

“Review: A Gumbo of Sorts: Co-Chair’s Reflection of the Research Network Forum.” Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing. 21 April 2004. Available on-line: http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/reviews/cccc2004/viewmessage.cfm?messageid=64.

“Service-Learning’s Flaw: What’s Community Got to Do with It?” ERIC, 2002. ED 464339.

“Broadening the Community: Service-Learning Connections to the Writing Classroom.” (Research Spotlight) Reflections on Community-Based Writing Instruction 1.1 (2000): 24.

Book Reviews

Elizabeth H. Boquet. Noise from the Writing Center. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2002. In WPA Journal. 28.1-2 (Fall 2004): 137-140.

Peter C. Herman, Editor. Day Late, Dollar Short: The Next Generation and the New Academy. Albany: SUNY P, 2000. In Prolepsis: The Tübingen Review of English Studies (March 2001). Available on-line: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/uni/nes/prolepsis/01_03_gor.html

Podcasts/E-Lectures

Gorelick, Risa P. and Lisa DeTora. “Research in Composition pushes the envelope…” Pearson asked selected participants in the Research Network Forum (RNF) of CCCC to talk about research in composition. Some took the opportunity to try to define what is distinctive about composition research; some discussed their own research; some offered tips for new instructors about the role of research in the tenure process. Gorelick and DeTora’s e-lecture focuses on “What is Research?: An Examination of Composition/Rhetoric Research as It Relates to English Studies.” Pearson Composition Professional Services. Available at http://www.pearsoncomppro.com/electures/index.php (Recorded 17 March 2010)

Gorelick, Risa P. “Focusing First-Year Composition on Food Writing.” Recorded a professional development lecture to use as a resource for both novice and experienced teachers of first-year composition. Pearson Composition Professional Services. Available at http://www.pearsoncomppro.com/electures/index.php (Recorded 12 March 2009)

“Fun with Food: Service-Learning Cookbook Writing Project.” Recorded a professional development lecture to use as a resource for both novice and experienced teachers of first-year composition. Pearson Composition Professional Services. Available at http://www.pearsoncomppro.com/electures/index.php (Recorded 12 March 2009)

“Writing ‘for’ the Community: Service-Learning Writing for Non-Profits.” Recorded a professional development lecture to use as a resource for both novice and experienced teachers of first-year composition. Pearson Composition Professional Services. Available at http://www.pearsoncomppro.com/electures/index.php (Recorded 12 March 2009)

In Press

Gorelick, Risa P. “The Missing Piece: Where is the Labor-Related Research at the Research Network Forum?” in Laramie in Recension: Labor Practices, the Statement, and the Future of Work in Composition Eds. Michael Pemberton, Dayna Goldstein, and Randall McClure. Parlor Press.

Presentations

“Gypsy Scholars and the Unintended Unpaid Sabbatical: The Risk of Conducting Research in a Publish or Perish World.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 2015.

“Open | [Source] Can of Worms: The Wyoming Resolution’s Failure to Impact the Research Network Forum.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014.

“Walking the Tightrope: The Wyoming Resolution’s Failure to Impact Composition/Rhetoric Research Networks.” Invited Presenter and Discussion Leader. Graduate Research Network, Computers & Writing. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD. June 2013.

“Researching as a Writing Teacher/Writing Program Administrator.” Invited Workshop Leader. WPA Metropolitan Affiliate Mini-Symposium. John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY. February 2013.

“(Wo)men’s Ways of RNF Knowing: 25 Years of Nurturing Research Mentorships.” Invited Panelist, Special Featured Session: “Celebrating 25 Years of the Research Network Forum: A Continuing Gateway for Research” with Charles Bazerman, Victor Vitanza, Ollie Oviedo, and Gina Merys. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.

“Tutoring Girls from the Hood: Gateways to Academic Success for Low Income, First-Generation Women Students.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.

“Impact of New Assessment of Tutoring Sessions.” Invited Panelist. PA/NJ College Reading & Learning Association, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, March 2012.

“Guidelines for Effective Argument Essay Writing,” Invited Speaker. TRIO-SSS Program, Passaic County Community College, Patterson, NJ, June 2011.

“Guidelines for Effective Study Skills.” Invited Speaker. TRIO-SSS Program, Passaic County Community College, Patterson, NJ, July 2011.

“Making a Case for Tenure & Promotion within/outside Rhetoric and Composition.” Invited Panelist. Half-Day Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 2011.

“Remixing, Revising, and Renewing Foodsumptions: The Art of Editing a Scholarly Collection on the Rhetoric of Food.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 2010.

“Argument Writing in a Fast Food Nation.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

“Conversations on Writing: Goals and Outcomes of College English.” Invited Panelist. Ramapo College of New Jersey All Day Faculty In-Service. Mahwah, NJ, January 2009.

“Food for Thought: Argument Writing.” Invited Panelist. “Who Owns Writing?” Revisited Conference, Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, October 2008.

“A Tourist in Our Own Backyard: Writing and Changing Realities through Service Learning and Student Teaching Engagements.” Invited Panelist.   Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.

“Theme-Based Composition Curriculum: ‘You Are What You Eat Workshop.’” Invited Panelist. NJ Writing Alliance, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ, April 2008.

“Teaching Writing: An Interactive Workshop.” Invited Speaker/Workshop Facilitator. English 101-102 Committee Workshop, Writing Program, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, October 2007.

“Better Coed than Dead? A Retrospective Look at the Turning Point in Goucher College History.” Invited Panelist. Goucher College, Towson, MD, April 2007.

“Eminent Domain, Gentrification, and Community Writing—Oh My: Service-Learning’s Attempt to Enter the Conversation in Long Branch, NJ.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

“Women Leaders of the Research Network Forum: An Historical Examination.”   Invited Co-Plenary Speaker with Dr. Catherine Smith. Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

“Teaching Teachers to Teach Writing:  A New Pedagogy for Elementary Education Majors Prior to Entering the Classroom.” Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

“WACing the Paper Load.” Invited Speaker.   Kean University’s Writing Institute. Union, NJ, March 2007.

“The Rhetoric of Rejection: What Rejection Letters Say about the Academic Job Market in English Studies.” Invited Panelist. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March 2006.

“CCCC Best Kept Secret: The Research Network Forum’s History.” Invited Panelist. Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March 2006.

“Research in Computers and Writing: Creating a New Book Series.”  Invited Panelist. Computers and Writing Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, June 2005.

“Charting New Directions: Research Networks in Composition and Rhetoric.” Invited Panelist. Computers and Writing Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, June 2005.

“Bayou Jews.” Invited Reader. Summer Jewish Festival, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, June 2005.

“A Celebration of Scholars: The Role of Research Forums to the Field of Composition/Rhetoric Scholarship.”   Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, March 2005.