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Associate Professor of Practice and Writing Center Director
  • E-mail razima2@unl.edu
  • Phone 402-472-1826
  • Office location 126B Andrews Hall

Selected Publications and Projects

“‘Starting from Square One’: Results from the Racial Climate Survey of Writing Center Professional Gatherings.” With Kelsey Hixson-Bowles and Neil Simpkins. Forthcoming in The Writing Center Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, 2022.

“Practice Doesn’t Always Makes Permanent: Directing a Writing Center as a Professor of Practice.” Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Lived Experiences of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Writing Studies, edited by Jessica Edwards, Meghan McGuire, and Rachel Sanchez. Utah State UP, 2021, pp. 15-27.

“Stereotypes or Validation: Lessons Learned from a Partnership Between a Writing Center and a Summer Academic Program for Incoming Students of Color.” The Writing Center Journal, vol. 38, no. 1, 2020, pp. 73-102.

“Rethinking Patience.” Blog post on Another Word From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. February 2016.

“‘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.

Selected Presentations

“All Up In Our Feelings: The Often Invisible Emotional and Affective Dimensions of Writing Center Work.” With Nora Harris, Rose Kottwitz, Shannyn McEntee, and Meredith Steck. Midwest Writing Centers Association Virtual Conference [online]. February 2021.

“Crafting Our Conferences: The Racial Climate Survey for Writing Center Professional Gatherings.” With Kelsey Hixson-Bowles and Neil Simpkins. International Writing Centers Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio. October 2019.

“Juggling Roles, Balancing Identities: An Interactive Exploration of WPA Work as Collaborative Performance.” With Nicole Green, Katie McWain, and Molly Ubbesen. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. March 2019.

“Noisy Action From the Writing Center: Becoming Better, Louder Accomplices Through Activist Writing Center Events.” With Katie Levin and Meredith Steck. International Writing Centers Association Collaborative, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. March 2019.

“It’s Not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Examining Everyday Social Justice in Three Writing Centers.” With Bradley Hughes, Neal Lerner, and Visnja Vujin. International Writing Center Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. October 2018.

“Reflecting, Rethinking, and Strategizing Toward the Intersectional Writing Center.” With Katie Levin. International Writing Center Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. October 2018.

“Interrogating the Everyday Documents of Writing Centers.” With Bradley Hughes and Rebecca Nowacek. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, Missouri. March 2018.

“Double Agents: How Educators and Students from Asia can Learn from One Another in the Writing Center and Beyond.” With Ruobing Zhao. International Writing Centers Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois. November 2017.

“Roots, Resistance, and Relationships to Place in the Writing Center.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, Detroit, Michigan. June 2017.

 “Ways of Being and Knowing: Using Staff Development to Foster Greater Individual and Sociocultural Awareness Among Consultants.” With Nicole Green and Katie McWain. International Writing Centers Association Collaborative, Portland, Oregon. March 2017.

 “Fail Again, Fail Better: Using Failure to Fuel Success.” With Maria Peralta Cortez, Gillian Devereux, Benjamin Erwin, and Patricia Poblete. International Writing Centers Association Conference, Denver, Colorado. October 2016.

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

A.B., Vassar College

Areas of Interest

Writing Center Studies, especially social justice in the writing center

Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines

Faculty development

Ecocriticism and Place Studies