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Stacia Rigney (Moroski-Rigney)

Academic Specialist; Graduate Faculty
Office: 232 Bessey Hall

Research Areas:

Writing Center Theory, Higher Ed Administration, General Education, General Education as Social Justice, Writing Program Administration, Composition Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies


Dr. Stacia Moroski-Rigney, an Assistant Professor and Affiliated Graduate Faculty in the WRAC Department, is the Director of the CAL Citizen Scholars Program. Dr. Rigney came to Michigan State University in fall 2019. She previously worked at Lipscomb University, Shandong University in China, and Middle Tennessee State University. While at Lipscomb University, she served as Director of General Education, the Writing Center, the service learning program (SALT), and the intercultural competency program (LIGHT). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English, specifically in Rhetoric/Composition and Film/Television Studies, from Middle Tennessee State University. Her current research interests include writing center theory, higher ed administration, general education as social justice, prison education, writing program administration, composition pedagogy, and pop culture studies. Her articles have been published by Writing Lab Newsletter, Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation, and Southern Discourse. Dr. Rigney also works as a consultant, leading faculty trainings for universities and secondary schools that are designing writing programs, assessment plans, and writing centers.


Doctor of Philosophy in English, 2008, Middle Tennessee State University

Master of Arts in English, 2004, Middle Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing Option), 2001, Western Kentucky

Licensure: Secondary Teaching Credentials in English, Journalism, Drama, Speech, and Communication, 2001, State of Kentucky

Certification: International Writing Center Association Summer Institute, 2014 

Representative Work:


Smith, Allison D., Trixie G. Smith, and Stacia Watkins, eds. The Pop Culture Zone: Writing About Popular Culture. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. Print.

Myatt, Julie, and Stacia Watkins, eds. Surviving Freshman Composition. 6th ed. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press Custom Publishing, 2009. Print.

Strickland, Rachel, and Stacia Watkins, eds. Surviving Freshman Composition. 5th ed. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press Custom Publishing, 2008. Print.

Contributor. Surviving Freshman Composition. 3rd edition. Eds. Allison D. Smith and Trixie G. Smith. New York: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2006. Print.

Book Chapters:

“Using MLA.” Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2009. Print.

“Edward White.” COMPbiblio: A Guide to Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice. Eds. Allison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2007: 315-322. Print.


(In process) Rigney, Stacia, Vershawn Ashanti Young, and Trixie Smith. “Campus and Community Outreach.” 2020.

Watkins, Stacia, Scott Whiddon, and Rhyan Conyers. “Writing Center Advisory Boards: Administrative Structures and the Good Work We Do.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. (43.3-4) November/December 2018.

Watkins, Stacia, Scott Whiddon, and Brad Walker. “’Write it Like Disaster: A Compilation of Music by Writing Center Staffers, Professionals, and Allies.” Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Mulitiliteracy and Innovation. (21.1) Fall 2016.

Watkins, Stacia. “Back to the Center: Rebuilding and Rebranding.” Southern Discourse. Fall 2012. Print.

Bobbitt, Rebecca and Stacia Watkins. “Howdies, Hootenannies and Hallelujahs: Excursions and Adventures for SWCA 2007 in Nashville.” Southern Discourse 10.1 (2006) 7-8, 13. Print.

Selected Courses Taught:

WRA 101: First-year Writing

WRA 195: Honors First-Year Writing

WRA 878: Composition Studies, History, and Theory

AL 491: Introduction to Citizen Scholars

Research or Academic Affiliations:

East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA)

Michigan Writing Center Association (MiWCA)

Board Member, International Writing Center Association (IWCA)

Immediate-Past President, Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA)

American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Future Conference Chair, International Writing Center Association (IWCA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society)

Kappa Tau Alpha (National Journalism Honor Society)

Mentor-Match Co-Organizer, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Editorial Board, Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, 2020