Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D.

J. Michael Rifenburg, PhD

Michael has a PhD in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Composition in Rhetoric from Auburn University. At both Auburn and Oklahoma, he worked closely with the athletics department and student-athletes and wrote about his experiences in his book The Embodied Playbook: Writing Practices of Student-Athletes (Utah State University Press, 2018). He currently studies U.S. Army writing instruction, specifically with ROTC curriculum, and has traveled to military colleges within the U.S. and in Poland to lead workshops on Army writing. He enjoys thinking through qualitative and mixed methods research projects, digging into choices of method and methodology, designing effective literature reviews, and building guiding research questions based on research design and literature review. He loves talking writing and helping writers think through the various rhetorical decisions they make as they write.

Languages: English



Pedagogical Perspectives on Cognition and Writing. Co-edited with Patricia Portanova and Duane Roen. Foreword by Susan Miller-Cochran. Afterword by Asao Inoue. Parlor Press. 2021.

The Embodied Playbook: Writing Practices of Student-Athletes. Utah State University Press, an imprint of the University Press of Colorado. 2018. Reviewed in College Composition and Communication, Reflective Teaching, Composition Forum, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and the Sports Literature Association.

Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing. Co-edited with Patricia Portanova and Duane Roen. Foreword by John R. Hayes. Afterword by Linda Flower. WAC Clearinghouse, Colorado State University Open Press, and University Press of Colorado. 2017. Total visitors: 87,661; Total downloads: 48,574 (as of September 2021).

Drilled to Write: Becoming a Cadet Writer at a Senior Military College. Utah State University Press, an imprint of the University Press of Colorado. (95,000 words). Forthcoming April 2022.


Undergraduate Research as a Future of English Studies. Co-edited with Kristine Johnson. Special issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Language, Literature, Composition, and Culture. Duke University Press. Expected publication January 2022.


With undergraduate students Zoë Phalen and Kellie Keeling. “

With Russell Teasley, Wendy Walker, and T.J. Gabriel. “Leadership Effectiveness in Military Settings: The Moderating Effects of Cynicism.” Organizational Development Journal. Forthcoming.

With Emily Pridgen. “Negotiating Informed Consent: A Students as Partners Perspective.” International Journal of Students as Partners 4.2 (2020).

Redesigning a Sustainable English Capstone through a Virtual Student-Faculty Partnership.” Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice. Forthcoming November 2021.

With Kristine Johnson. “Theorizing with Undergraduate Researchers.” Composition Studies 48.1 (2020): 119-120. Invited piece.

“Student-Athletes’ Metacognitive Strategy Knowledge.” Composition Forum 43 (Spring 2020).

“To Ensure Warfighting Function: Writing Inside a U.S. Army Brigade Headquarters.” Composition Studies 47.1 (2019): 117-135.

With Major Brian Forester. “First-year Cadets’ Conceptions of General Education Writing at a Senior Military College.” Teaching & Learning Inquiry. 6.1 (March 2018): 52-66.

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