Robert P. Yagelski

Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of English Education
Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Catskill Building 240
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY 12222
[email protected]




Writing: Ten Core Concepts,
3rd edition
(Cengage, 2022)

Robert P. Yagelski is the Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of English Education in the UAlbany School of Education. He holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and is also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of English. He teaches in the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction and the graduate program in secondary teacher certification and works with students in the doctoral program in English. He has taught courses in writing, composition theory and pedagogy, critical pedagogy, qualitative research methods, and the history of rhetoric. He was Founding Director of the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry, which he helped establish in 2013 as part of UAlbany's new General Education program and directed until 2022. He has also served as associate dean for academic affairs of the School of Education.

Professor Yagelski served as director of the Capital District Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, from 2003 to 2017. Through CDWP he has worked extensively with K-12 teachers to help improve writing instruction at all levels of schooling. Previously, he directed the Writing Center at UAlbany, co-directed the English Education program at Purdue University, and chaired the English Department at Vermont Academy, an independent high school.

Professor Yagelski's recent research focuses on understanding the ontological dimensions of writing and the transformative capacity of writing, with an emphasis on the connection between writing and well-being. He has also studied formal error in the writing of adolescent students and the analytical strategies college students employ in their writing. Previously, he explored literacy as a social activity and writing as a technology and examined revision in student writing. He currently serves as a consultant for the writing component of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills

Professor Yagelski is the author of Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability (Hampton Press, 2011), Literacy Matters: Writing and Reading the Social Self (Teachers College Press, 2000), and numerous articles and essays about teaching writing that have appeared in College Composition and Communication, Research in the Teaching of English, College English, English Education, Composition Studies, and Radical Teacher, among others. He is also author of several writing textbooks, including Writing: Ten Core Concepts, 3rd edition (Cengage, 2022), Reading Our World, 2nd edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2009) and (with Robert K. Miller) The Informed Argument, 8th edition (Wadsworth, 2011). He is co-editor (with Scott Leonard) of The Relevance of English: Teaching That Matters in Students' Lives (NCTE, 2002) and author of The Day the Lifting Bridge Stuck (Bradbury Press, 1992), a children's book. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the Ohio State University.

Click here to listen to Professor Yagelski discuss his work on the podcast The Long Conversation.

This site last updated August 2023.