Rachel Azima

Assistant Professor of Practice and Writing Center Director's Profile Image
Assistant Professor of Practice and Writing Center Director
126B Andrews Hall

Vassar College, AB

University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA

University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD

Areas of Specialty

Writing center studies

Writing across the curriculum

Teaching of writing

Faculty development

Ecocriticism and place-conscious pedagogy

Selected Publications and Projects

“‘Why Are You Working Here?’: Engineers in the Writing Center.”  Blog post on Another Word From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  March 2014.

“Promotion, Borrowing, and Caroline Kirkland’s Literary Labors.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 57.4 (2011): 390-426.

“‘Not-the-native’: Self-Transplantation, Ecocriticism, and Postcolonialism in Jamaica Kincaid’s My Garden (Book).”  Postcolonial Studies and Ecocriticism. Spec issue of Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 13.2-14.1 (2006-2007): 101-119.

“Ripples of Azure and Grey, an Excerpt.”  In Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes. Ed. Alison Swan.  Michigan State University Press, 2006.

“Haft-Seen” and “In Memoriam: A. R. Ammons 1926-2001.” Wisconsin Academy Review, Spring 2004.

Selected Presentations

“Reaching Out: Obstacles and Opportunities in Social Media and Outreach Efforts.”  With Nicole Ellis, Katy Leichsenring, and Breanna Kreimeyer.  Iowa Writing Center Consortium, Sioux City, Iowa (via Skype).  April 2014.

“Risks and Rewards of Tutoring, STEM, and Technology: A Roundtable Discussion.”  With Jacqueline Hoermann, Breanna Kreimeyer, and Katy Leichsenring.  Iowa Writing Center Consortium, Fayette, Iowa.  April 2013.

“Cosmopolitanism, Biodiversity, and Weeds in Michael Pollan’s Garden Writing.”  Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, Bloomington, Indiana.  June 2011.

“Postcolonialism, Ecocriticism, and Native Studies in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Garden in the Dunes and Gerald Vizenor’s The Heirs of Columbus.”  Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, Victoria, British Columbia.  June 2009.

“‘They Fight for the Soil’: Weeds, Nationalism, and Ecology in John Burroughs’s ‘A Bunch of Herbs.’” Sharp Eyes V: John Burroughs, Nature Writing, and Nineteenth-Century Science. Poughkeepsie, New York. June 2008.​