Dr. Lauren Rosenberg
I am an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing. My training is in Composition and Rhetoric with specializations in community literacy, feminist rhetorics and methodologies, and writing program administration. I teach courses in composition theory and pedagogy, critical and community literacy studies, feminist theories and methodologies, qualitative research methods, lifespan longitudinal studies, and writing program administration. I also mentor new and seasoned teachers of writing.
Stories, and the ways that people represent their experiences, in their own words, have always mattered to me. In my book, The Desire for Literacy, I concentrated on the ways that adult learners restoried their lived experiences when they became writers, and how they turned their writing toward making social changes in their communities. Currently, in my research with populations of adult learners, I am taking a lifespan development of writing approach as I look longitudinally at how ordinary people relate to writing. Threaded through all my scholarship is a commitment to examining and advocating for equity through community engagement and public activism. From my experiences in areas of public activism, I have learned to encourage students to always look beyond the confines of the university so that they might understand how their writing can serve multiple purposes, such as problem solving, reflection, and interrogation of power relations. The same feminist imperative that informs my research—of listening intensively for more honest critical “action in cross-boundary exchange” (Jacqueline Jones Royster)—also shapes my teaching and administrative practices.
I serve on the advisory board of the Coalition for Community Writing, the editorial board of Community Literacy Journal, and the Writing Through the Lifespan Collaboration. At New Mexico State University, I was a member of the Institutional Review Board. Prior to my appointment at UTEP, I was Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Writing Program Administrator, and Associate Department Head at NMSU (2016-2019). From 2006-2016, I was Associate Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University where I also coordinated the first-year writing program.
PhD Rhetoric & Composition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2006)
MFA Creative Writing (fiction), New York University, New York, NY (1997)
BA Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1986)
The Desire for Literacy: Writing in The Lives of Adult Learners. Urbana: CCCC/NCTE Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (SWR) series, 2015.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Revisiting Participants After Publication: Continuing Writing Partnerships.” Approaches to Lifespan Writing Research: Steps Toward an Actionable Coherence. Eds. Ryan Dippre and Talinn Philips. The WAC Clearinghouse, Colorado State University Press, & the University Press of Colorado (forthcoming Jul. 2020).
“Community Listening: A Community Writing Praxis.” Jenn Fishman and Lauren Rosenberg. Introduction to “Community Writing as Community Listening: A Special Issue to Celebrate the Second Biennial Conference on Community Writing.” Community Literacy Journal. Eds. Jenn Fishman and Lauren Rosenberg. 13.1 Fall 2018.
“’Still Learning’: One Couple’s Literacy Development in Older Adulthood.” Literacy in Composition Studies. Special Issue on “Composing a Further Life,” Eds. Lauren Bowen and Susanne Rumsey. 6.2 Nov. 2018.
“Listening to Research as a Feminist Ethos of Representation.” Lauren Rosenberg and Emma Howes. Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis. Eds. Kristine Blair and Lee Nickoson. Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse / Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2018.
“Navigating Difficulty in Classroom-Community Outreach Projects.” Community Literacy Journal. 11.2 Spring 2017.
“When Fantasy Themes Collide: Implementing a Public Liberal Arts Mission in Changing Times.” Rita Malenczyk and Lauren Rosenberg. A Critical Look at Institutional Mission: A Guide for Writing Program Administrators. Ed. Joseph Janangelo. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2016.
“Adult Nonliteracy: A Silent Epidemic.” Media Planet/USA Today, Education and Career News special supplement on adult literacy. December 4, 2015.
“No One Wants to Go There: Resilience, Denial, and Possibilities for Queering the Writing Classroom.” DiGrazia, Jennifer and Lauren Rosenberg. Eds. Elizabeth Flynn, Patricia Sotirin, and Ann Brady. Feminist Rhetorical Resilience. Logan: Utah State UP, 2012.
“Dialogic for ‘Their Own Ends’: Increasing the Pedagogical Independence of Peer Tutors in the Writing Center and the First-Year Writing Classroom.” Malenczyk, Rita and Lauren Rosenberg. Writing Lab Newsletter. Nov/Dec 2011.
“Retelling Culture Through the Construction of Alternative Literacy Narratives: A Study of Adults Acquiring New Literacies.” Reflections: Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning. 9.3 Summer 2010.
“A Conversation About Literacy Narratives and Social Power.” Rosenberg, Lauren and Kirk Branch. Reflections: Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning. 9.3 Summer 2010.
“’You Have to Knock at the Door for the Door Get Open”: The Construction of Alternative Literacy Narratives by New Adult Writers.” Community Literacy Journal. 2.2 Spring 2008.
Hudspeth Hall 311