Biography

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard is an associate professor in the Department of English at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on literacy studies, language diversity, and research methods.

Professor Lorimer Leonard’s book Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy has received a 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)  as well as an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The book was recently reviewed in the spring 2019 issue of Peitho.

The book’s beautiful cover image is a sculpture entitled “Inside Home” from artist Nora Valdez, whose compelling work on the immigrant experience can be found in Western Massachusetts and all over the world.

Lorimer Leonard also has published in Written CommunicationCollege EnglishWPA: Writing Program Administration, and Research in the Teaching of English. In 2017, Professor Lorimer Leonard received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst.

The best way to contact her is by email at rlorimer@english.umass.edu.

 

CV

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018–present
    • Faculty Affiliate in Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012–2018
  • Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2012–2016
  • Lecturer, English Department, San Francisco State University, 2007
  • English Instructor, Universidad Tecnica de Machala, Instituto de Idiomas, Machala, Ecuador, 2005–2006

EDUCATION

  • PhD in English, program in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2012
  • MA in English, concentration in Composition, San Francisco State University, May 2005
  • BA in English, University of Southern California, May 2002

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Articles and Essays

  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Managing Writing on the Move.” Mobility Work in Composition. Ed. Bruce Horner. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press (forthcoming).
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Literate Resources and the Value of Language.” Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Bruce Horner, Brice Nordquist, and Susan Ryan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2017: 161-171.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca and Rebecca Nowacek. “Transfer and Translingualism.College English 78.3 (2016): 258-264.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Writing through Bureaucracy: Migrant Correspondence and Managed Mobility.” Written Communication 32.1 (2015): 87-113.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Multilingual Writing as Rhetorical Attunement.” College English 76.3 (2014): 227-247.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Traveling Literacies: Multilingual Writing on the Move.” Research in the Teaching of English 48.1 (2013): 13-39.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Writing across Languages: Developing Rhetorical Attunement by Negotiating Difference.” Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms. Ed. A. Suresh Canagarajah. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013. 162-169.
  • Lorimer, Rebecca. “The Rhetorical Potential of Translation.” Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy. Eds. Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn. Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press, 2011. 210-216.

Edited Special Issue

Reviews and Blog Posts

FELLOWSHIPS and GRANTS

External

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Scholar for “The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands” with Roger Waldinger, June–July 2015
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication Research Initiative Grant for “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers” 2014
  • Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Chancellor’s Opportunity Dissertation Fellowship, 2011–2012

Internal

  • Team Lead, Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grant “Linguistic Diversity at UMass,” UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development, 2019-2020
  • UMass Amherst Humanities and Fine Arts Research Grant, 2019–2020
  • Faculty Fellow, UMass Amherst Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, 2017–2018
  • UMass Amherst Internationalization Grant, 2015–2016
  • Fellow, UMass Amherst Interdisciplinary Studies Institute on “Value” 2014–2015
  • UMass Amherst institutional nomination for 2014 NEH Summer Grant, September 2013
  • UMass Amherst Faculty Presentation Funds: awarded annually 2012–2018
  • UMass Amherst Flex Grant for Teaching/Faculty Development: awarded annually 2013–2018
  • Massachusetts Society of Professors Research Support Funds: awarded annually 2013–2018
  • HEX (Humanities Exposed) Grant, UW-Madison, spring 2009, for “The Writing Food Project”

AWARDS and HONORS

External

  • CCCC Outstanding Book Award for Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy, 2019
  • Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention for Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy, 2018
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Researcher Award, recipient, 2014
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication Chair’s Memorial Scholarship, recipient, 2011

Internal

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts, recipient 2017
  • Future Faculty Partner, UW-Madison Teaching Academy, recipient, spring 2010
  • Early Excellence in Teaching Award, UW-Madison English Department, recipient, spring 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UW-Madison (campus-wide) nominee, fall 2008
  • Joyce Melville Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing, UW-Madison English Department, recipient for “The Rhetorical Potential of Translation”, 2008

KEYNOTES and INVITED TALKS

  • Keynote speaker, “The Complexity of Institutional Language Surveys” Second Language Writing Standing Group Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, March 2019
  • Invited workshop leader, “Threshold Concepts and Transfer of Knowledge” 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH, June 2018
  • Invited speaker, “Researching Writing on the Move: Literacy Relays” Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, March 2018
  • Invited speaker, “What Multilingual Writers Know and Need” Queens College Writing Program, New York, April 2017
  • Keynote speaker, “Managing Writing on the Move” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, October 2016

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Conference on Community Writing, Philadelphia, “How Community Writing Does the Work of the Writing Studies Major” October 2019
  • American Educational Researchers Association, Toronto,“Centering Marginalized Voices: Emergent and Experienced Bilinguals as Writers ‘in the Struggle’”, Discussant, April 2019
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, “The Rules of the Road: Performing Mobile Literacies On and Off Campus” March 2019
  • Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, “Learning to Drive: Navigating Immigrant Literacies with a Critical Service Learning Project” October 2018
  • Modern Language Association, New York, “Writing Security, Writing Insecurity” Presidential theme session, January 2018
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, “Gifts, Heritage, Habit: How Literacies Move among Writers” April 2017
  • Writing Research Across Borders, Bogota, “Mobility in Writing Studies: Theoretical and Empirical Studies in How Writing Moves” February 2017
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, “Acting Strategically with Multilingual Writers: Results from a Cross-institutional Research Study” April 2016
  • International Writing Centers Association Conference, Pittsburgh, “Evolving with Multilingual Writers” October 2015
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, “Centering Language Diversity: Innovations in Literacy Research” and “The Job, not Just the Job Market: Preparing for Professional Life in Composition & Rhetoric” March 2015
  • Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, “After the Border? Rethinking the Rhetorical Exigencies of Border Writers” May 2014
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, “Opening Spaces for Multilingual Students: Creating Pathways for Transition” March 2014
  • Writing Research Across Borders, Paris, “The Socio-Materialist Turn in Writing Studies: Tracing Immigrant Letter Writing” February 2014
  • Northeast Writing Centers Association, University of New Hampshire, “Multilingual Transfer and Writing Centers” April 2013
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, “Multilingual Literacy Practices and Implicit Language Policy” March 2013
  • Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, “Multilingual Capital and Shifting Values in Linguistic Markets: Literate Resources” October 2012
  • International Writing Centers Conference, San Diego, “Transfer Theory and Writing Center Research” October 2012
  • International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Savannah, “Considering Multilingualism in Transfer Theory” July 2012
  • Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, “Metonymic Reframing in Multilingual Communication” May 2012
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis,“Transnational Writing Research: Traveling Methodologies in an Age of Globalization” March 2012
  • Midwest Writing Centers Association, UW-Madison, “Considering Multilingualism in Transfer Theory” and “Graduate Student WPAs in Writing Center Studies” October 2011
  • Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Penn State,“Bilingual Teachers as Multilingual Writers: Developing Rhetorical Attunement” July 2011
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, “Literacies of Migration / Migration of Literacies: Moving between Languages and Locations” April 2011
  • NCTE Assembly for Research, Madison, “Mapping Context: Immigrant Women Writing in Classrooms and Communities” February 2011
  • Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville,“Immigrant Writers Returning to College: How Literacies Work Across Global Settings” October 2010
  • Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, “Toward a Rhetoric of Multilingual Writing: The Rhetorical Potential of Translation” May 2010
  • Humanities Exposed Public Humanities Conference, UW-Madison, “What Does a Project Leave Behind? Theorizing Public Humanities Outcomes” March 2010
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, “Rethinking the Space Between Languages” March 2010
  • Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s), Michigan State University, “Rhetorical Movement: Women Writing in a Global Station” October 2009
  • Expanding Literacy Studies Conference, The Ohio State University, “Community Literacy Work: Best Practices for Building Community/Academic Connections” April 2009 (with Pamela VanHaitsma)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, “Chicano Movement Rhetoric and Transformative Literacy” March 2009
  • Humanities Exposed Public Humanities Conference, UW-Madison, “Humanities and Food: Harvesting the Pedagogical Possibilities” March 2009
  • Race in the Writing Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Challenging Exclusionary Practices in Writing Centers: Recruitment, Training, Administration, Outreach” February 2008

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research, “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers” Dartmouth College, July 2017 (competitive application)
  • Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institutes (competitive application)
    • Seminar “Transnational Rhetorical Research” University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2015
    • Seminar “Comparative Rhetorics” and Workshop “Translingual Rhetorics” University of Kansas, July 2013
    • Workshop “Toward a Rhetoric of Multilingual Writing” Penn State, July 2009
  • Research Network Forum at CCCC, “Women Writing in a Global Station” San Francisco, March 2009
  • CRAFT Research Forum, San Francisco State University, “Stakeholder Perspectives of Writing Assessment,” May 2005
  • SF State Transformative Literacy Seminar, Oaxaca, Mexico, summer 2004

TEACHING

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Undergraduate
    • Eng 111, Basic Writing, fall 2017
    • Eng 112, College Writing, fall 2016, fall 2019
    • Eng 329H, Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice, fall 2012, fall 2013, fall 2014, fall 2015
    • Eng 350, Literacy on Farms and in Gardens, fall 2018
    • Eng 391, Multilingualism and Literacy (community-engaged course), spring 2018, fall 2018
    • Eng 391, Multilingual Writing and Global Language Change, spring 2013
  • Graduate
    • Eng 698, Introduction to Teaching College Writing, fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2019, spring 2020
    • Eng 712, Writing and the Teaching of Writing, fall 2017
    • Eng 891, Writing and Language Diversity, spring 2014, spring 2020
    • Eng 891, Research Methods in Writing Studies, spring 2018
    • Eng 891, Literacy Studies, spring 2017
  • Independent Studies
    • Literacy and Video Games—graduate, spring 2018
    • Teaching with Service Learning—grad/undergrad, spring 2018, fall 2018
    • Comparative, Contrastive, Cultural rhetorics—graduate, fall 2015
    • Language Diversity in Writing Centers—undergraduate, fall 2014
    • Research Methods in Writing Studies—graduate, spring 2014

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Eng 201, Literacy and Crisis—intermediate composition, spring 2010
  • Eng 201, The Writing Food Project—intermediate composition service-learning, spring 2009, fall 2009, fall 2008
  • ESL 118, Academic Writing II—UW-Madison ESL Program, summer 2009
  • Expository Writing—People Program writing seminar for first-generation college students, summer 2009
  • Eng 100, Writing in Space and Place—first-year composition, spring 2008
  • Eng 100, Public and Private Writing—first-year composition, fall 2007
  • Writing Center Tutor—Outreach tutor 2008–2011, Community Writing Assistance tutor 2009–2011, Online synchronous and asynchronous tutor 2009–2010

San Francisco State University and Bay Area

  • English 414—developmental writing, SF State English Department, spring 2007
  • Beginning English Speaking—Even Start Adult Education Novato, CA, summer 2005
  • ESL Academic Writing Tutor—SF State Learning Assistance Center, 2004–2005

Universidad Tecnica de Machala, Instituto de Idiomas, Machala, Ecuador

  • Advanced English Speaking and Writing (level 7), fall 2005, spring 2006
  • Beginning English Grammar (level 1-2) spring 2006
  • Intermediate English Grammar (level 5-6), fall 2005, spring 2006
  • Teaching and assessing writing in English, teacher training course, spring 2006

WRITING PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2012–2016

  • Hiring, Training, Mentoring: hired and supervised staff of 45-50 undergraduate and graduate writing tutors and 3 assistant directors; trained 16-18 intern tutors every fall; evaluated tutors through regular observations; coordinated staff meetings and professional development workshops
  • Administration: set Center’s policies and procedures; wrote end-of-year reports; set and maintained budget and schedule
  • Outreach: advocated for the Center and for writing on campus; regularly met with Provost’s office, Writing Program, and other stakeholders; represented Center on university- and college-level committees
  • WAC/WID: consulted with faculty and TAs on teaching with writing; collaborated with university support centers to develop and lead workshops, including:
    • Giving Feedback on Writing—Graduate School, Oct. 2013 / Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD), Apr. 2012, Sep. 2013, 2014, 2015
    • Teaching to Avoid Plagiarism—CTFD, Nov. 2014
    • Working with Multilingual Writers—Writing Program Teaching Assistants Orientation, Sep. 2013, 2014, 2016
    • Sequencing Writing Assignments—CTFD, Dec. 2013 / Junior Year Writing, Apr. 2014
    • Designing Writing Assignments—CTFD, Nov. 2013
    • From Process to Publication—Graduate school, Oct. 2013
    • Revising Writing Assignments—Quinsigamond Community College, Oct. 2013

Assistant Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2010–August 2011

  • Consulted with faculty and instructional staff about designing writing-intensive assignments, revising course and assessment designs, commenting on student writing, and incorporating writing into service-learning courses
  • Co-led 3-day semester training for 60+ new TAs teaching writing-intensive courses across the university; gave 2011 spring and fall plenary addresses on “Sequencing Activities for Revision”
  • Led faculty, staff, and instructor professional development workshops, including:
    • Evaluating Science Writing—Biocore program, Apr. 2011
    • Designing Effective Writing Assignments, ongoing Sep. 2010–May 2011
    • Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing, ongoing Sep. 2010–May 2011
    • Conferencing with Student Writers, ongoing Sep. 2010–May 2011
  • Led workshops at the UW-Madison Teaching Academy Teaching and Learning Symposium, including:
    • Planning for Success in Teaching with Service Learning, May 2010 (with David Stock)
    • Multilingual Writers in the University, May 2008
  • Wrote and edited a WAC newsletter each semester for more than 1400 faculty and instructional staff
  • Co-edited a 300-page sourcebook for faculty and TAs: wrote new content, revised materials, updated layout, coordinated production
  • Assisted in development of new WAC website using Drupal; transferred content; led focus group assessments of website in development

Other Invited Professional Development Workshops

  • Teaching Community Engagement in English Studies, UMass Amherst English Faculty Colloquium, Dec. 2018
  • Designing Writing Activities for Language Learning, International Language Institute of Massachusetts, June 2017
  • Getting Published—UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization, Oct. 2013, Apr 2017
  • Preparing for the Job Market—UMass Amherst Graduate School, Apr. 2014
  • Writing Grants, UMass Amherst Comp/Rhet Colloquium, Nov. 2012
  • Teaching Community Writing, UW-Madison English Department Lesson Fair—Mar. 2011
  • Teach don’t Edit: Working with Grammar and Multilingual Writers—UW-Madison Writing Fellows workshop, Feb. 2010
  • Working with Grantwriters—UW-Madison Writing Center Instructor Development Workshop, Feb. 2009
  • Writing Grants—Grassroots Leadership College, Madison Public Libraries, Nov. 2008
  • Teaching Believing and Doubting—New Instructors Workshop, UW-Madison English 100 Program, Feb. 2008
  • Evaluating Multilingual Writers—WorldTeach Mid-year Training, Ecuador, Apr. 2006

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP and SERVICE

Professional

  • Member, CCCC Nominating Committee, 2019
  • MLA Special-Interest Delegate for Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing, 2016–2019
  • Editorial Review Board, Research in the Teaching of English
  • Reviewer for College Composition and Communication, Composition Forum, Composition Studies, Written Communication
  • Reviewer for Routledge Handbook on Migration and Language, 2015
  • Member, Ohmann Award judging committee, National Council of Teachers of English, 2015
  • Site host, Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium fall meeting, 2013
  • Director, Elbow Symposium for the Study and Teaching of Writing, 2013 (theme: transnational literacy) and 2018 (theme: transnational approaches to language, literacy, and activism)

University

  • Member, Fulbright Campus Committee, fall 2018–present
  • Member, International Studies Committee, 2015–2018
  • Faculty Scorer, Student Learning Assessment Project, 2017
  • Member, University Writing Committee, 2013–2016
  • Member, Provost’s Learning Commons Committee, 2013–2016
  • Member, Teaching Commons Committee, 2012–2014

Department

  • Member, English Department Graduate Studies Committee, 2015–2017, 2019-present
  • Member, Western Massachusetts Writing Project Executive Committee, 2013–present
  • Member, Composition and Rhetoric Area Committee, 2012–present
  • Member, EEP (Educational Effectiveness Plan) Reading Committee, 2018
  • Member, English Department Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2013–2015
  • Co-Coordinator, English Department Colloquium, 2013–2014
  • Member, Rhetoric and Composition Job Search Committee, 2013–2014, 2017-2018

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Editorial Board Member, Concientización: A Journal of Chican@ & Latin@ Experience and Thought, 2011
  • Co-coordinator, Composition & Rhetoric Colloquium, UW-Madison, WI, 2009–2010
  • Mentor for undergraduate writing fellows, UW-Madison Writing Fellows Program, 2009–2010
  • Comp/Rhet recruitment representative, Graduate Committee on Recruitment and Planning, 2008–2009

San Francisco State University

  • Co-chair, Composition & Reading Association of Future Teachers, 2004–2005

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication / National Council of Teachers of English (CCCC / NCTE)
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Research

My research examines how transnational literacy practices are valued according to shifting language ideologies in higher education, workplace, and community contexts. Methodologically, my work takes an empirical approach to multilingual writing, using oral literacy history interviews and qualitative analysis to study the lived experience of writing as a multilingual migrant. These interests inform my current book project, Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy, as well as a collaborative cross-institutional research project on “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers” funded by a 2014 CCCC Research Initiative Grant and a 2015 UMass Amherst Internationalization Grant.

Books

Refereed Articles and Essays

Edited Special Issue

Non-refereed Essays, Reviews, Blogs

Teaching

My teaching is driven by real curiosity about how language, writing, and rhetoric work in the world, and particularly in the worlds of college and adult students. Every semester, I am re-engaged with my students as we puzzle over the effects or outcomes of literacy—why, we always wonder, do certain writers succeed or fail (online, in classrooms, in public)? When students leave my classroom at the end of a semester, they walk away with their own understanding of what writing is and the ways it is integral to their intellectual and everyday activities. With that knowledge, they optimally are able to use their literacies in informed ways, both for their own goals and, ever more urgently, to intervene in public mis/understandings about effective communication. I was so pleased to receive a College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teaching Award in 2017 for my teaching at UMass Amherst.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Literacy and Crisis—intermediate composition, spring 2010
  • The Writing Food Project— service learning intermediate composition, spring 2009, fall 2009, fall 2008
  • Academic Writing II—UW-Madison ESL Program, summer 2009
  • Expository Writing—People Program writing seminar for first-generation college students, summer 2009
  • Writing in Space and Place—first-year composition, spring 2008
  • Public and Private Writing—first-year composition, fall 2007
  • Writing Center Tutor—Outreach tutor 2008–2011, Community Writing Assistance tutor 2009-2011, Online synchronous and asynchronous tutor 2009–2010

San Francisco State University and Bay Area

  • English 414—developmental writing, SF State English Department, spring 2007
  • Beginning English Speaking—Even Start Adult Education Novato, CA summer 2005
  • ESL Academic Writing Tutor, SF State Learning Assistance Center, 2004–2005

Universidad Tecnica de Machala, Instituto de Idiomas, Machala, Ecuador

  • Advanced English Speaking and Writing (level 7), fall 2005, spring 2006
  • Beginning English Grammar (level 1-2) spring 2006
  • Intermediate English Grammar (level 5-6), fall 2005, spring 2006
  • Teaching and assessing writing in English, teacher training course, spring 2006

Contact

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard
rlorimer@english.umass.edu

Department of English
South College
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9269