Dr. Rebecca Nowacek
Department of English
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences


Curriculum Vita

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Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Rhetoric and Composition, 2001

“Writing Instruction in the Interdisciplinary Classroom: Histories, Challenges, Possibilities.” 

Deborah Brandt, Director.

M.A.  University of Wisconsin, Madison, British and American Literature, 1994

B.A.  Villanova University, English / Honors, summa cum laude, 1993



          Writing in the disciplines                                       Writing and religious identity

          Writing across the curriculum                                Rhetoric and democratic citizenship

          Writing in interdisciplinary contexts                       Literacy studies



Assistant Professor, Marquette University (2001-present)

Undergraduate courses taught include first-year English, advanced composition, writing for the professions, rhetorical theory, literacy studies, and a multidisciplinary capstone course focused on citizenship.  Graduate courses taught include an introduction to rhetorical theory for new TAs.

Assistant Director, L&S Program in Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1998-2000)

Duties included helping to plan and conduct a two-day orientation for new teaching assistants teaching writing intensive courses; consulting with individual faculty members about assignment design, responding to papers, addressing sentence-level concerns in writing, etc.; teaching a 1-credit course for TAs about teaching with writing in the disciplines; soliciting and editing articles for a campus-wide newsletter on writing; soliciting and editing new materials for a faculty handbook on teaching with writing; and helping to build a website of local WAC resources.

Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1994-1997)

Undergraduate courses taught include first-year English, basic writing, intermediate composition, and Introduction to British and American Literature I and II.  Writing Center responsibilities included providing individual instruction and teaching short courses on topics such as breaking through writer’s block, delivering conference papers, improving grammar, and using APA-style documentation.   FYE duties included serving as the Director of the English 100 Tutorial Program, providing support for at-risk students through individual appointments and through optional workshops on relevant topics.



Articles and Chapters

“Why is Being Interdisciplinary So Very Hard To Do?  Thoughts on the Perils and Promise of Interdisciplinary Pedagogy.”   College Composition and Communication.  In press.

“Toward a Theory of Interdisciplinary Connections: A Classroom Study of Talk and Text,” Research in the Teaching of English.  In press.

“A Discourse-Based Theory of Interdisciplinary Connections.”  JGE: The Journal of General Education.  54.3 (2005): 171-195.

“Negotiating Individual Religious Identity and Institutional Religious Culture” in Elizabeth Vander Lei  and bonnie l. kyburz (eds.), Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom.  Boynton / Cook (2005):155-166.

Making Space for Collaboration: Physical Context and Role Taking in Two Singing and Songwriting Groups” in Beverly J. Moss, Nels P. Highberg, & Melissa Nicolas (eds.),  Writing Groups Inside and Outside the ClassroomMahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2004): 169-186.   Co-authored with Kenna Del Sol.

“Can Writing Be Taught? Being ‘Explicit’ in the Teaching and Learning of Writing Across the Curriculum” in Maureen Daly Goggin (ed.), Inventing a Discipline: Rhetoric Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. YoungUrbana: NCTE Press (2000): 334-372.  Co-authored with Stuart Greene. 

“The Voice of Sociology: Obstacles to Teaching and Learning the Sociological Imagination.” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 23 (1995): 353-363.  Co-authored with Rick Eckstein and Kevin Delaney.

Book Reviews and Reports

 “Between Talk and Teaching,” (book review) The Writing Center Journal, Vol 20, No. 1, (Fall / Winter, 1999), 73-77.

“A Report on Assessing the English Major”  Submitted to the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University, January 2006.

Accepted Articles and Book Chapters

"The Organic Foods System:Its Discursive Achievements and Prospects"  College English.  In press, expected March 2008.

“To Mentor and Be Mentored: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA” in Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickley (eds.), Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.  Accepted for collection; manuscript under review at Hampton Press.  Co-authored with Julie Christoph, Mary Lou Odom, and Bonnie Smith.


In Progress or Under Review

Why Is Being Interdisciplinary So Very Hard To Do?  Disciplinary Learning, General Education and the  Multidisciplinary Classroom.  [Book manuscript in the late stages of preparation.]

Citizenship Across the Curriculum.  [Book manuscript in the early stages of preparation.  Co-authored with Jeff Bernstein (political science, Eastern Michigan University), Michael Burke (mathematics, College of San Mateo), Matt Fisher (chemistry, St. Vincent College), David Geelen (science education, University of Queensland), Michael Smith (history / environmental studies, Ithaca College), and Howard Tinberg (English, Bristol Community College.]



2006 Faculty Excellence in Advising Award, Nominee

2005  CASTL Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

2005 Manresa Writing / Research Award, Recipient

2003  Faculty STAR Award, Residence Hall Honor Society

2002 Marquette University Manresa Program Course Development Grant, Recipient

2002 Marquette University, Summer Faculty Fellowship and Research Funds, Recipient

1999 U of Wisconsin Department of English Mary Adams Dissertation Fellowship, Recipient

1999 UW College of Letters & Science Teaching Fellow, Recipient

1999 Department of English Distinguished Teaching Award, Recipient

1998 National Council of Teachers of English, Grant-in-aid, Recipient

1998 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Finalist

1993 Phi Beta Kappa, Inductee



             Deborah Brandt, Professor

              University of Wisconsin Madison

              Paula Gillespie, Associate Professor

              Director, Ott Memorial Writing Center

              Marquette University

              Bradley Hughes, Director

              Writing Center, Writing Fellows, & L&S Program in Writing Across the Curriculum

              University of Wisconsin Madison

              Pat Hutchings, Vice President

              Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


              Krista Ratcliffe, Associate Professor

              Marquette University






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