Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Rachel Robinson
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Rachel Robinson

PhD Student

Office: 300 Bessey Hall

Email: robi1078@msu.edu

Twitter: @reneerach

Research Areas

writing centers, embodiment rhetoric, female academics and administrators, academic labor issues, writing program administration, popular culture


My research revolves around the different ways women are represented in all areas of the academy, specifically as influenced by imposter phenomena, and how that difference might impact the roles available to them, their own feelings about their places in the academy, and how their positions/representations (dis)allow them to embody their scholarly work.


Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition, December 2014
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Master of Arts in English, December 2005
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Representative Work

forthcoming publication:
Baldwin, Dianna, Lauren Brentnell, Elise Dixon, Jerrice Donelson, Kate Firestone, and Rachel Robinson. "Big Happy Family: Constellating Writing Center Stories." The Peer Review. Forthcoming Spring 2018.

selected conference presentations:
Gunter, Kim, Rachel Robinson, and Meg Ruggiero. “Graduate Student, Non-Tenure Track, and Tenured WPAs: Scrambling for Security, Advocating for Authority.” Council of Writing Program Administrators, July 2017, Knoxville, TN.

Brentnell, Lauren, Elise Dixon, Jerrice Donelson, Kate Firestone, Rachel Robinson, and Caitlin vander Muelen. “Big Happy Family: Researching Community and Peerness in the Writing Center.” East Central Writing Center Association, March 2017, Dowagiac, MI.

Robinson, Rachel, and Stacia Watkins. “Creating Tutoring Philosophies.” Southeastern Writing Center Association, February 2017, Oxford, MS.

Robinson, Rachel, and Trixie Smith. “Assessment into Research, Assessment into Action: A Workshop.” Southeastern Writing Center Association, February 2017, Oxford, MS.

Baldwin, Dianna, Caty Chapman, and Rachel Robinson. “Error 404: Online Writing Center Not Found.” International Writing Center Association, October 2016, Denver, CO.

Robinson, Rachel, and Stacia Watkins. “Creating Tutoring Philosophies." Southeastern Writing Center Association. Columbus, GA. February 2016.

Carroll, Beth, Julie Karaus, and Rachel Robinson. “Risky Business: Confidence Building as the Key to Expanding Student Success." International Writing Center Association. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2015.

Karaus, Julie, and Rachel Robinson. “Letting our Numbers Do the Talking: Assessment in the Writing Center." Southeastern Writing Center Association. Nashville, TN. February 2015.

Carroll, Beth, Meg McSwain, Rachel Robinson, and Catherine Talley. “The Politics of Space: Crossing and Creating Borders in the Writing Center. Southeastern Writing Center Association. Greenville, NC. February 2014.

Harris, Jan, Rachel Robinson, and Stacia Watkins. “Who Are We Talking To? Marketing to Students, Faculty, and Administrators in the Writing Center." Southeastern Writing Center Association. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. February 2013.

Robinson, Rachel. “A Space for Crisis: Administrators Helping Consultants and Staff with Life in the Writing Center.” Southeastern Writing Center Association. Richmond, KY. February 2012.

Robinson, Rachel. “Punk Ethos in the Writing Center.” Research Network Forum. College Conference on Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.

Research or Academic Affiliations

WRAP co-president (http://wrap.wide.msu.edu/)
IWCA-GO chair