Robinson, Heather

Associate Professor and Chair

Phone: 718-262-2479
Office Location: AC-2A16B


PhD Rutgers University Linguistics 2005 
BA University of Sydney English 1997 
Heather is a theoretical linguist and a Writing Program Administrator. Her research focuses, broadly, on issues of access in institutions as well as in academic writing. Her current research explores the intersection of education and the global economy in the context of free-standing grammar classes.

Areas of Expertise

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Writing Program Administration
English for Academic Purposes

Books in Field Of Expertise

Goeller, M. & Robinson, H. (eds). New Humanities Reader Instructor’s Resource Manual, 2nd edition. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2005. .

Robinson, Heather. Grammar That Works: Building Your Paper from the Words Up. Boston: Pearson, 2005. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Cripps, Michael J., Jonathan Hall and Heather M. Robinson. ""A Way to Talk about the Institution as Opposed to Just my Field”: WAC Fellowships and Graduate Student Professional Development." Across The Disciplines. 13.3 2016: n.p..

Robinson, Heather. "Sentence-Building Pedagogy and the Ethics of Grammar Instruction." American Speech. 89.2 Summer 2014: 229-242.

Cripps, Michael J. and Robinson, Heather. "Writing Program Building in a Compromised Space: The Small College in a Public University System Profile." Composition Forum. 29 February 2014: n.p..

Robinson, Heather and Jonathan Hall. "Connecting WAC and the Writing Center: Tools for Collaboration in the Disciplines." WAC Journal. 24 November 2013: 29-47.

Robinson, Heather M.. "A System for Understanding and Selecting English Articles for Advanced ESL Writers." TESOL Journal. 1.3 September 2010: 338-357.

Robinson, Heather M.. "Rethinking Writing Center Philosophy in a Post-Remediation World, or, When is a Basic Writer Not a Basic Writer?." Journal of Basic Writing. 28:2 2009: 70-92.

Kalteissen, Karen L. and Heather Robinson. "Building an Online Writing Center: Student Tutors Look to the Past to Construct a Future." Writing Lab Newsletter. 33:8 2009: 6-10.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Cripps, Michael J. and Heather Robinson. "Writing as a Site of Contention in General Education Reform." WPA 2010 Conference Proceedings of the Writing Program Administrators Conference. 1 April, 2011: 81-84.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Robinson, Heather. "Step Away From the Text: Introducing and Supporting Innovation in the Writing Center." DisCover. Volume 3 July 2011: 29-41.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"Troubleshooting Classroom Discourse: Review of Susan J. Behrens' Understanding Language Use in the Classroom" American Speech, Summer 2015: 281-285.


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Translanguaging and the Art of Negotiation " March 15, 2017: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" Translanguaging, Performance and Art of Negotiation " February 11, 2017: Invited Talk at the International Linguistics Association Colloquium.

" The Grammar Classroom as a Post-Colonial Space: Grammar, Literacy and Pluralizing English " April 24, 2015: International Language Association.

" The Ethics and Economics of Grammar Instruction. " March 22, 2014: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" It's Not Just Teaching: Surviving and Thriving Beyond the R1. " April 19, 2013: Rutgers University "Linguistics in the Classroom IV".

" All Englishes are Local: Revisiting the Problem of Native Speaker Status. " April 13, 2013: International Language Association.

" Grammar Empowers: Sentence-level instruction in the globalizing world. " March 16, 2013: American Association for Applied Linguistics.

" Leading from the Local: How can Writing Centers Change the Conversation on Campus? " April 14, 2012: Northeast Writing Centers Association.

" Visual and Auditory Tutoring Strategies: How Effective Are They? " June 3, 2011: Lilly Conference, Washington, D.C..

" Access or Exclusion? What Definite Descriptions Can Tell Us about Constructing Academic Authority. " April 7, 2011: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" Creating a Safe Harbor While At Sea: Combining Innovation and Stability in the Writing Center. " November 4, 2010: International Writing Centers Association (with Douglas DiToro and Laurel Harris).

" All In or All Out? Writing as a Site of Contention in General Education Reform " July 16, 2010: WPA Conference (with Michael J. Cripps).

" Linguistic Activism as a Teaching Tool " March 18, 2010: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" Towards a Better – and More Useful – Understanding of English Articles via Corpus Analysis " November 5, 2009: Symposium on Second Language Writing.

" Starting Over: Reimagining Writing Center-WAC Connections." Paper presented with Michael J. Cripps and Michael Broder (York College/CUNY) " March 28, 2009: Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference.

" Collaborative Grammar: Making Waves in Students’ Relationships with Language " March 13, 2009: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" Basic Writing in A Vacuum: Supporting Developmental Writers in a Post-Remediation World," presented with Michael J. Cripps (York College/CUNY) " February 28, 2009: Basic Composition in the Works.

" Unbounded Expertise: Crossing the Border between Grammar and WAC " May 30, 2008: International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.

" Making Film Work as Pedagogy.” Paper presented as part of the panel “Changing Realities and Creating WAC Synergies Through Film: A Case Study of Institutional Embeddedness in Multiple Media, ” with 2 other York College faculty/staff members, and one York College student. " April 5, 2008: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

" Out of the Blue: Referential Expressions in Student Writing " April 13, 2007: Keynote Lecture at “Linguistics in the Classroom” Conference. Linguistics Department, Rutgers University.

" Interactive Grammar: Charting New Territory in an Old Landscape " April 7, 2006: College English Association Annual Conference.


CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, Globalizing the Curriculum: Developing a World Englishes minor at York College (Co-written with Matt Garley). Submitted April 19, 2017: $23,500.

Standing Group on the Status of Women in the Profession, CCCC Childcare Grant. March 16-18, 2017: $250.

PSC-CUNY Grant, The Ethics and Economics of Grammar Instruction. July 2013 - June 2014: $1785.

CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education, Embedded Tutoring in English 125 and Math 120: A Course Redesign Project. Spring 2013 - Spring 2014: $39,770.

CETL Faculty Grant, Step Away from the Text: Alternatives to Writing-Based Resources for the Writing Center. 2009-2010: $3000.

PSC-CUNY Grant, Constructing A Common Ground: A Corpus-Based Study of Definite and Demonstrative Descriptions. July 2008 - June 2009: $4000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Reviewer, Teaching English at the Two-Year College (TETYC): 2017-present.

Reviewer, College Composition and Communication: 2016-present.

Reviewer, TESOL Quarterly: 2013-present.

Reviewer, TESOL Journal: 2013-present.

Robinson, Heather

Robinson, Heather
Associate Professor