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Robinson, Heather


Curriculum Vitae

  1. Education

    Degree Institution Field Dates
    PhD  Rutgers University  Linguistics  2005 
    BA  University of Sydney  English  1997 
  2. Full-Time Academic Experience

    Institution Rank Field Dates
    Rutgers University  Assistant Director  Writing Program  2004-2007 
  3. Part-Time Academic Experience

  4. Non Academic Experience

  5. Employment Record At This Institution

    Rank Dates
    Associate Professor  September 2014 - present 
    Assistant Professor  August 2007- August 2014 
  6. Publications In Field Of Expertise

    1. Books:

      Robinson, Heather, Jonathan Hall & Nela Navarro. Translingual Identities and Transnational Realities in the College Classroom. New York: Routledge, 2020. .

      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. .

    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:

        Dinsman, Melissa and Heather Robinson. "Connection Failure: War, Spiritualism, and Communications Media in Violet Hunt’s “Love’s Last Leave”." Women's Writing. Special Issue on Ghost Stories forthcoming, 2021: .

        Inayatulla, Shereen and Heather Robinson. "“Backwards and in high heels”: The invisibility and underrepresentation of fem(me)inist administrative labor in academia.." ATP: Administrative Theory and Practice. 2019: .

        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.

      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings

          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.

        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings

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

    3. Chapters in Books:

      Robinson, Heather. "Fifty-five Miles." Dannabang Kuwabong, Dorsía Smith Silva, and Essah Diaz (Eds). Mothering, Friendship and Community. forthcoming, 2022: .

      Robinson, Heather. "Time, Care Work and and The Working Conditions of Composition Instructors." Hassel, H. & Cole, K. Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership.. forthcoming, August 2021 from Utah State University Press: .

      Robinson, Heather. "Quantifying Service and Administration’s Exchange Value." L. Graziano, K. Halasek, S. Miller-Cochran, F. Napolitano, and N. Szymanski (eds). Making Administrative Work Visible: Data-Driven Approaches to Understanding the Labor of Writing Program Administration. forthcoming, Utah State University Press.: .

      Robinson, Heather M.. "Post-Colonial Composition: Appropriation and Abrogation in the Composition Classroom." Milson-Whyte, V., Oenbring, R. & Jaquette, B. (Eds). Creole Composition: Academic writing and rhetoric in the Anglophone Caribbean. 2019: 320-342.

    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:

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

  7. Other Publications

    1. Books:
    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:
      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings
        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings
    3. Chapters in Books:
    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:
  8. Presented Papers, Lectures, And Exhibitions And Performances

    "Mother Rhetorics of Need and Desire" March 28, 2020: Conference on College Composition and Communication (conference cancelled).

    "Mother-Bodies, Desire and Well-Being in Academic Spaces" April 14, 2019: MIRCI: Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement.

    "Creole Composition: Academic Writing and Rhetoric in the Anglophone Caribbean" March 12, 2019: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

    "Language Use and Philosophical Meaning" April 20, 2018: Raritan Valley Community College Philosophy Symposium.

    ""Backwards and in high heels": the invisibility and underrepresentation of fem(me)inist administrative labor in academia" April 13, 2018: CUNY Critical Pedagogies Conference.

    "Dreaming of Somewhere Else: Transnational Implications for Languaging" March 16, 2018: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

    "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.

  9. Patents


  10. Work In Progress

    1. Books in progress:
    2. Papers in Progress:

      Dinsman, Melissa and Heather Robinson. "Dispatches from the Home Front: Violet Hunt as War Writer and Reluctant Modernist." Petar Penda and Andrew Frayn, Eds.Non-Canonical British Literature 1900-1945. : .

    3. Papers submitted to journals for consideration:
    4. Research in progress:
  11. Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

  12. Grants-In-Aid

    PSC-CUNY Trad A, Translingual Identities and Transnational Realities in the U.S. College Classroom. Submitted December 2018: $3588 (pending).

    Center for Advancing Opportunity, Understanding College Preparedness in a New York City Fragile Community. April 2018: $267,286 (not funded).

    PSC-CUNY Trad B, Anger (in) Management: How Anger Structures Women’s Educational Leadership.. 2018-2019: $5999.78 (funded).

    National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Connections Planning Grant, Queering Our Curriculum: Developing an LGBTQ+ Studies minor and certificate at York College/CUNY. submitted October 17, 2017: $35,000 (not funded, resubmitted September 2018).

    Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies, (Under)Represented: Academic Workers, Invisible Labor and Union Representation. With Shereen Inayatulla. Submitted January 5, 2018: $5450 (not funded).

    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 (not funded).

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Institutional Service

    1. Service to the Department

      English Department Chairperson: Summer 2016 - present.

      English Department Assessment Committee Co-Chair: Fall 2015 - Spring 2016.

      Mission Statement Committee member: Spring 2014.

      Faculty Search Committee Chair: Spring 2014.

      English Department Curriculum Committee Chair: Fall 2012 - Spring 2016.

      English Department Personnel and Budget Committee: Fall 2010 - present.

      Rhetoric/Composition Search Committee Member: Spring 2010.

      Chair, Writing Center Supervisor Search Committee: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010.

      Co-Chair, Revised Composition Sequence Task Force: Spring 2010.

      English 125 Textbook Revision Committee: Summer 2009.

      English Department Open House: November 2007.

    2. Service to the School

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    3. Service to the College

      Council of Academic Chairs: Fall 2018-present.

      Chair, Retention Subcommittee of the Faculty Diversity Committee: Spring 2018-present.

      Member, Faculty Diversity Committee: Fall 2017-present.

      Member, College Personnel and Budget Committee: Summer 2016 - present.

      Board Member, CTLET: Fall 2016 - present.

      Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Standard III Working Group: Fall 2015 - present.

      Communications Technology Faculty Search Committee: Spring-Summer 2015.

      York College Curriculum Committee: Fall 2012 - Spring 2016.

      Online/Hybrid Course Curriculum Subcommittee Chair: Spring 2013 - Spring 2016.

      Pathways Implementation Committee, Marketing Subcommittee Chair: Spring 2013.

      Chair, Freshman Reader Program Committee: Spring - Fall 2011.

      Freshman Reader Program Committee: ongoing.

      Composition FIG: 2009-2010.

      CUE Committee (in role as Writing Center Director): Summer 2008 - present.

      Human Behavior Keystone Course FIG: Spring 2009 - Spring 2010.

      Collaborative Learning FIG: Fall 2009.

      Co-Editor, York Scholar/York Review: Fall 2010 - Spring 2016.

    4. Service to the Graduate Center
    5. Service to the University

      Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference Planning Committee: Fall 2018-present.

      English Discipline Council, Chair: Fall 2018-present.

      English Discipline Council, Member: Fall 2016-present.

      CUNY Pathways Common Core Course Review Committee: Fall 2014-Spring 2016.

      Co-liaison to CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum: 2007-2009; Spring 2013.

  14. Offices Held In Professional Societies

  15. 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.

  16. Teaching Activities At This Institution

    1. Courses Taught (List)
      Course Description
      ENG 125  Composition I: Introduction to College Writing 
      ENG 270  Introduction to Grammar and Syntax 
      ENG 272  World Englishes 
      ENG 298  Special Topics in English: World Englishes 
      ENG 311  Critical Methods in English 
      ENG 370  Advanced Grammar and Style 
      ENG 371  History of the English Language 
      ENG 375  Sociolinguistics 
      ENG 399  Special Topics in English: Women's Language and Writing 
      ENG 410  Seminar in English: Investigating Our Canons 
      ENG 490-1  Independent Research 
      ENG 492-3  Independent Honors Research 
      WRIT 303  Research and Writing in the Professional Programs 
      WRIT 304  Research and Writing for the English Major 
    2. New courses/programs developed (list):

      Investigating our Canons, ENG 410, Seminar in English.

      World Englishes, ENG 272.

      Special Topic: World Englishes, English 298.

      Women's Language and Writing, English 399, Special Topics in English.

      Introduction to Grammar and Syntax, online version, English 270:WEB.

      Englishes of the Caribbean; Global Englishes; Class and Education; Morphology and Syntax, Six independent study courses (ENG 490, 491, 492, 493) for advanced English majors.