Ryan Orr

College-level writing within and outside the classroom, academic success, & perspective on the roles of student and teacher

The World Within Reach
Ryan Orr
Adjunct Instructor



Ryan Michael Orr is a full-time lecturer with the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program, as well as an adjunct instructor with the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. He graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire in 2005, and suma cum laude with his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University in 2010. He has taught writing, rhetoric, and literature courses for New Mexico State University, Prescott College, and, now, the University at Albany.

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 210- Critical Inquiry and Communication in EHC

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Compositional Pedagogy

Academic Argumentation and Analysis

CEHC Research Interests

I am especially interested in the recent educational research of Carol Dweck on growth mindset and Angela Duckworth on grit, both ideas that I believe teachers and students can learn to apply to their own work regardless of interest or discipline. Additionally, I have been studying various forms of assessment, both in theory and in practice, to discover how to best evaluate college-level writing within and outside the classroom. Often these methods require a revised definition of academic success, and a fresh perspective on the roles of student and teacher.

Special Opportunities for Students

As always, I hope to offer CEHC students the chance to examine, and possibly revise, the choices they make—educational and otherwise—by relying on a thorough understanding of what constitutes honest, critical thought, and fundamental Aristotelian rhetoric. By doing so, I believe students, regardless of their field of study, can better realize their vision of the future.