Robert P. Yagelski

Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Professor of English Education, The University at Albany , State University of New York, 2001 - present.

  • Associate Professor of English, The University at Albany, State University of New York, 2000 - 2001.

  • Assistant Professor of English, The University at Albany, State University of New York, 1995 - 2000.

  • Assistant Professor of English and Education, Purdue University, 1991 - 1995.

  • Adjunct Instructor, English, Ohio University (Lancaster) Correctional Programs, 1990.

  • English Department Head, Vermont Academy, 1986-1988.

  • English Teacher, Vermont Academy 1985-1988.

  • Adjunct Instructor, English, University of New Hampshire, 1987.

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio State University, 1991. Dissertation: The Dynamics of Context: A Study of the Role of Context in the Composing Processes of Student Writers. Director: Andrea A. Lunsford.

  • M.A., English, University of New Hampshire, 1985.

  • B.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, 1980

Administrative and Related Experience
  • Director, Capital District Writing Project, 2003 - present.

  • Member, New Site Leadership Institute Leadership Team, National Writing Project; 2008 - present.

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2009-2010.

  • Director, Writing Center, The University at Albany, State University of New York, 1995 - 1998; 1999- 2001.


Courses Taught at SUNY-Albany:

(See Courses for course descriptions and links to course web sites.)

  • ETAP 512: Teachers in Context
  • ETAP 655L: Perspectives on Teaching Composition in the Secondary School
  • ETAP 680: Seminar in Education Research
  • ETAP 696: Seminar in Reflective Practice
  • ETAP 777: Methods of Qualitative Research in Education
  • ETAP 850, Critical Pedagogies and Teaching for Change.
  • English 303Z: Forms of Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
  • English 494: Seminar in Tutoring Writing
  • English 521: Composition Theory
  • English 522: Rhetorical Theory in Historical Perspective
  • English 721: Research in Written Composition
  • English 725: Seminar in Literacy, Technology, and English Studies

Courses Taught Elsewhere:

  • Advanced Composition for English Teachers (Purdue University)
  • Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School (Purdue University)
  • Issues in the Study of Literacy (graduate course, Purdue University)
  • The Process Approach to Teaching Writing (graduate course, Purdue University)
  • Basic Writing (Ohio State University; Ohio University Correctional Program)
  • Seminar in Teaching Writing (graduate course, University of New Hampshire; team-taught with Donald Murray)
  • First-Year Composition (University of New Hampshire)

Teaching Awards:

  • Department of English Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards, Purdue University, for 1991-1992, 1992- 1993, 1993-1994, and 1994-1995.
  • Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Education, ETA chapter, Purdue University, Spring, 1992.



Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, forthcoming in 2011.

Literacy Matters: Writing and Reading the Social Self. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2000.

With Scott Leonard, eds. The Relevance of English. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2002.



Reading Our World: Conversations in Context, 2nd edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2010.

The Informed Argument, 6th edition. With Robert K. Miller. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2004. [8th edition forthcoming in 2011]

Literacies and Technologies: A Reader for Contemporary Writers. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2001.


Articles in Refereed Journals

A Thousand Writers Writing: Seeking Change Through the Radical Practice of Writing as a Way of Being in the World. English Education 42 (October 2009): 6-28.

With Janet Alsup, Janet Emig, Gordon Pradl, and Robert Tremmel. "The State of English Education and a Vision For Its Future: A Call to Arms." English Education 38 (July 2006): 278-294.

"'Radical to Many in the Educational Community': The Process Movement After the Hurricanes." Review essay. College English 68 (May 2006): 531-544.

"Stasis and Change: English Education and the Crisis of Sustainability." English Education. 37 (July 2005): 262-271.

"Making CCCC Matter More." With C. Mark Hurlburt and Derek Owens. Writing on the Edge 15 (Spring 2005): 67-91 .

"Computers, Literacy, and Being: Teaching With Technology for a Sustainable Future." Kairos 6.2 (Fall 2001). Available at

"The Ambivalence of Reflection: Critical Pedagogies, Identity, and the Writing Teacher." College Composition and Communication 51 (September 1999): 30 - 50.

With Jeffrey T. Grabill. "Computer-Mediated Communication in the Undergraduate Writing Classroom: A Study of the Relationship Between Online Discourse and Classroom Discourse in Two Writing Classes." Computers and Composition 15 (1998): 11-40.

"What Does NAFTA Mean? Teaching Text in the 90's." English Education 29 (1997): 38-58.

With Sarah Powley. "Virtual Connections and 'Real' Boundaries: Teaching Writing and Preparing Writing Teachers on the Internet." Computers and Composition 13 (April 1996): 25-36.

"A Rhetoric of Contact: Tecumseh and the Native American Confederacy." Rhetoric Review 14 (Fall 1995): 64-77.

"The Role of Classroom Context in the Revision Strategies of Student Writers." Research in the Teaching of English 29 (May 1995): 216-238.

"Literature and Literacy: Rethinking English as a School Subject." English Journal 83 (March 1994): 30-36.

"Collaboration and Children's Writing: What 'Real' Authors Do, What Children Do." Journal of Teaching Writing 12 (1994): 217-233.

"Written Commentaries as a Way of Learning About Writing." Journal of Teaching Writing 8 (Fall/Winter 1989): 39-47.

"Religion and Conformity in the Writing Classroom." Radical Teacher 35 (Summer 1988): 26-29.


Articles in Edited Collections

"English Education." In Bruce McComisky, ed. English Studies: An Introduction to the Discipline(s). Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2006. 275 - 319.

"The (Ir)relevance of English at the Turn of the Millennium." In Robert P. Yagelski and Scott A. Leonard, eds., The Relevance of English: Teaching That Matters in Students' Lives. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2002. 1 - 19.

"Asynchronous Networks for Critical Reflection: Using Computer-Mediated Communication in the Preparation of Secondary School Writing Teachers." Rebecca Rickley, Susanmarie Harrington, and Michael Day, eds., The Online Writing Classroom. Cresskil, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000. 339-368

"Teacher Research as Knowledge-Making: Dogma and Resistance." In Joanne Addison and Sharon McGee, eds., Feminist Empirical Research. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999. 163-172.

"Portfolios as a Way to Encourage Reflective Practice Among Preservice English Teachers." Irwin Weiser and Kathleen Yancey, eds., Situating Portfolios: Four Perspectives. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1997. 225-243.

"Who's Afraid of Subjectivity? The Composing Process and Postmodernism, or, A Student of Donald Murray Enters the Age of Postmodernism." Taking Stock: Reassessing the Writing Process Movement in the 90's. Eds. Thomas Newkirk and Lad Tobin. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. 203-215.

"Looking for Sloppy Trees: How Research Shapes Teaching." The Writing Teacher as Researcher: Essays in the Theory and Practice of Class-Based Research. Eds. Donald Daiker and Max Morenberg. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 1990. 142-152.


Related Academic Publications

"Teach Writing, Not Testing: Some Worries About the SAT Writing Test." With Cathy Fleischer and Jean Ketter. California English 11(Fall 2005): 22-24.

"'Back to Basics Not the Solution." Guest Column. Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star, January 9, 2005: p. F3.

"It's (My) Story, But I'm (Not) Sticking To It." College Composition and Communication 52 (July 2001): 655-657.

Instructor's Manual. Literacies and Technologies: A Reader for Contemporary Writers. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2001.

With Nancy Engler and Lynn Oborn. Introduction to Graduate Research and Writing. Albany, NY: Regents College, 1998.

"Contexts of Writing." Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts. Ed. Alan C. Purves. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1994. 291-292.

"The Importance of Context in High School Writing." Indiana English 17 (Fall 1993): 5-9.

"Instructor's Comments." In Donald M. Murray. Write To Learn, 2nd ed. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1987. 249-51.

Other Publications
    The Day the Lifting Bridge Stuck. New York: Bradbury Press, 1992. (children's book)

    "Riding Out a Marital Storm." Good Old Boat. September/October 2008: 68-69.

    "Rites of Passage." Albany Times Union, July 16, 2000: G1, G4. "Fears for a Young Son Going Into a Test-Crazy World." Boston Sunday Globe, January 17, 1988, p. A48.

    "Weathervane Thieves." New England Monthly, November, 1985: 32-33.

    "Q & A: Colonel Jose Muratti." New Hampshire Times, December 23-30, 1984: 14.

    "Life in a Vane." New Hampshire Times, December 8-15, 1984: 13-15.

    "Living on the Edge." New York Alive, July/August, 1983: 54-57.

    "Our Infant Death Dilemma. Kiwanis, April, 1983: 24-27.

    "Wanted: Small-Town Doctor." Country Journal, August, 1982: 75-80.

    "Carriage Auction." Americana, May/June, 1982: 23.

    "Rural Health Care Center: Marriage Made in Philadelphia." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 1982.

    "Carriages." Early American Life, February, 1982: 57-61.

    "Roy Kain: Carriage Maker." Country Journal, October, 1981: 60-63.

    "Self-Reliance." Today (Sunday magazine of Philadelphia Inquirer), February 22, 1981: 21 (reprinted in PSBA Bulletin, July/August, 1981).

    "The Legacy of Pennsylvania Coal Mining." Scranton Sunday Times, June 17 & 24, July 1 & 8, 1979.

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