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Michael Rifenburg
Ph.D. Candidate in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy University of Oklahoma Department of English 312 Gittinger Hall Norman, OK 73071 rifenburg@ou.edu

Education Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy, 2013 Dissertation: “Minding the Gap: Tracing Composition and Rhetoric‟s Response to Intercollegiate Athletics and the Student-Athlete.” Advisors: Christopher Carter (chair), Kathleen Welch, Catherine Hobbs, Michele Eodice, Alan Velie M.A. Auburn University, Composition and Rhetoric, 2009 Thesis: “Pens, Paper and Football Plays: A Case Study Involving Student-Athlete Literacy.” Michelle Sidler (chair) B.A. Georgia College & State University, English, cum laude, 2005 Academic Employment Program Assistant, University of Oklahoma Writing Center. Summer 2012-present. Writing Consultant, University of Oklahoma Writing Center. Spring 2012-present. Program Development Coordinator, Athletic Academic Services. University of Oklahoma. Spring 2010-present. Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Fall 2009-Spring2012. Instructor, Department of English. Columbus State University. Spring 2009. Academic Counselor. Summer Transition Enhancement Program. Auburn University. Summer 2008. English Center Tutor. Auburn University. Fall 2007-Spring 2009. Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English. Auburn University. Fall 2007Spring 2009. High School English Teacher. Young Americans Christian School. Conyers, GA. Academic Year 2006-2007.

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Publications “Faculty‟s Muted Response to the Rise of College Sports.” The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Community Voices. Fall 2012. (forthcoming; 5000 words). “Getting All Interdisciplinary: A Guiding Business Principle for Writing Center Practice.” Southern Discourse. (forthcoming; 1800 words). “Fleshing out the Uniqueness of Student-Athlete Writing Centers: A Response to Alanna Bitzel.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. (forthcoming; 1400 words). “Constrictive Signs: The Dangers of Multimodal Rhetoric(s) for College Football Players.” Composition Forum. (revise and resubmit; 7400 words). Honors & Awards College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant ($750). University of Oklahoma. Spring 2012. Robberson Travel Grant, Graduate College ($500). University of Oklahoma. Spring 2012. English Department Travel Grant ($300). University of Oklahoma. Spring 2012. Graduate Teaching Academy Fellow. Learning, Teaching, and Writing Program. University of Oklahoma. Academic Year 2010-2011. Presentations “Syncopated Relations: Athletics and Academics in American Higher Education.” Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Norman, OK. University of Oklahoma. January 2013. (under review). “„Badges? We Don‟t Need No Stinkin‟ Badges‟: How Interdisciplinary Relations Legitimize Writing Center Work.” The Future of Writing Centers: 20th Anniversary Symposium. Austin, TX. February 2013. (under review). Co-chair. Special Interest Group. “Rhetoric, Sport, and Student-Athletes.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013. (forthcoming). Co-chair. Workshop. “Expanding the Conversation: Graduate Students, Contingent Faculty, and the Future of Basic Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013. (forthcoming). “Striving to Improve: Student-Athlete Writing Tutoring Under the Auspices of NCAA Academic Compliance Mandates.” International Writing Center Association Conference. San Diego, CA. October 2012. (forthcoming).
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“Offloading the Mind onto Sofa Cushions: Distributed Cognition and Learning College Football Plays.” Language and Linguistic Student Conference. University of Central Oklahoma. November 2012. (forthcoming). “What Gorgias Can Teach Us About Student-Athlete Writing Tutoring.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, RNF. St. Louis, MO. March 2012. “(Dis)placing Collegiate Football Players: Challenges of Incorporating Student-Athletes in the Writing Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012. “From Classical Rhetoric, to Student-Athletes, and Back Again: Tracing a Recursive Relationship Between the Past and Present.” Teaching Scholars Initiative Colloquium. Norman, OK. October 2011. “Sophists and Sports: Competitive Scaffolding in Student-Athlete Tutoring Sessions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. May 2011. “Gaming and Writing: Children‟s Communicative Practices Via Nintendo DS.” Computers and Writing. Purdue University. May 2010. “Pens, Paper and Football Plays: A Case Study of Student-Athlete Literacy.” Expanding Literacy Studies. The Ohio State University. April 2009. Invited Speaker “Facilitating Lines of Communication Between the Athletics Department and the English Department.” Workshop for Incoming Graduate Teaching Assistants. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Summer 2012. “Critical Reflection in the Language Narrative Unit.” Workshop for Returning Graduate Teaching Assistants. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Summer 2012. “Encountering Student-Athletes in First-Year Composition.” Workshop for Returning Graduate Teaching Assistants. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Spring 2012. “Aristotle‟s Uses for Writing Tutor Training.” Inaugural Forum of the Institute of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. Facilitated by Kathleen Welch. University of Oklahoma. Fall 2011. “Contemporary Theories of Audience and Aristotle‟s On Rhetoric.” Kathleen Welch‟s English 3103 Topics in Advanced Composition: Writing and Audience. University of Oklahoma. Fall 2011. “Classroom Evaluations.” Workshop for Incoming Graduate Teaching Assistants, Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Summer 2011.

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Research & Teaching Interests Classical Rhetorics Qualitative Research Methods Histories of Composition and Rhetoric Multimodal Rhetorics Literate Development Writing Center Practice, Theory, and Assessment Courses Taught Post-Secondary Education University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) Expository Writing 1213/1223: Sports and the University. Focusing on how sports have been traditionally situated in American higher education, this course was created by the instructor to invite students to develop four literacy tasks with heavy focus on revision, peer review, and conferencing. Fall 2013. Honors English 1213, English Composition II: Appropriating Classical Rhetoric for Contemporary Uses. Through engaging with primary and secondary source on classical rhetoric (Greek and Roman), students developed three literacy tasks focused on applying classical rhetoric to contemporary issues, the treatment of women in works by Aristotle and his contemporaries, and the debate between Plato and others on terms such as "rhetoric" and "philosophia." Spring 2012. English 1213, English Composition II: Issues in American Higher Education. Part two of a required two-semester sequence in English Composition. The course invited students to further engage with the rhetorical act of writing through drafting longer source-based academic arguments. Spring 2012. Computer-Mediated-Classroom (CMC), English 1113, English Composition I: Migrated lesson plans designed for traditional classroom space to a CMC classroom. This course emphasized blog posting and digital multimodal composing. Fall 2011. Pilot English 1213, English Composition II: Technology, Society, and the Social Communications Revolution. Selected to pilot thematic course. This course invited students to engage in sustained discussion and writing on the impact of technologies in their lives. Spring 2011. English 1113, English Composition I: Part one of a required two-semester sequence in English Composition. The course provided a foundation for the critical and analytical reading and writing students will encounter across the university curriculum. Fall 2010.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oklahoma Issues Surrounding College Sports. An adult continuing education course focused on Title IX legislation, “pay for play” proposals, NCAA governance, and other pressing issues in college sports. Course material included guest speakers, such as current OU athletic academic services staff members and former student-athletes, as well as articles from recent issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Freeh Report published on the Penn State scandal. Summer 2012. Auburn University (Auburn, AL) English 1100, English Composition I: Part one of two-semester sequence in English Composition. This course developed students‟ proficiency in analyzing and crafting sourcebased arguments for an academic audience. Fall 2008. English 1120, English Composition II: Sustainability: Part one of a two-semester sequence in English Composition. This thematic course built on content from English 1100 and invited students to construct long source-based academic arguments based on the theme of wildlife sustainability. Spring 2009. Co-teacher, University 1050, Success Strategies: Designed for students who have been conditionally admitted to the university and are enrolled in the Summer Transition Enhancement Program. This course focused on developing the reading, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to meet the demands of the undergraduate curriculum. Summer 2008. Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) English 1101, English Composition 1: A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. Spring 2009. Secondary Education Young Americans Christian School (Conyers, GA) 10th grade World Literature: This course introduced students to the diverse authors and subject matter which compose world literature through reading, writing, and collaborative assignments. Academic year 2006-2007. 11th grade American Literature: This course further developed students‟ ability to approach and analyze works of fiction and non-fiction through an end of the semester source-based research paper. Academic year 2006-2007.

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12th grade British Literature: Through an in-depth analysis of canonical works of British literature, this course prepared students for the demands of post-secondary work. Academic year 2006-2007. Relevant Course Work Auburn University English Composition Approaches and Issues (Michelle Sidler) Rhetoric: Theory and Practice (Kevin Roozen) Studies in Composition: Reimagining Writing as Literate Activity (Kevin Roozen) Studies in Composition: Longitudinal Studies of Literate Development (Kevin Roozen) University of Oklahoma Rhetorical Perspectives on Literacy (Catherine Hobbs) Teaching College Composition (David Mair) Classical Rhetorical Theory (Kathleen Welch) Issues in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy (Christopher Carter) Research Methods (Catherine Hobbs) Research Seminar: Multimodal Rhetoric (Christopher Carter) 20th & 21st Century Rhetorical Theory and History (Susan Kates) Survey of Theory (Vincent Leitch) Leadership Issues in Athletic Administration (Joseph Castiglione) Teaching Technical Writing (David Mair) Audited:18th & 19th Century Rhetoric and Composition History and Theory (Susan Kates) Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams Completed Spring 2012 Primary Area: Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy Secondary Area: Rhetorical Criticism and the Pauline Epistles Professional Development Inaugural Forum of the Institute of Writing, Rhetoric and Technology. Facilitated by Kathleen Welch. University of Oklahoma. Fall 2011. Teaching Race in the Composition Classroom. Facilitated by Catherin John. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Fall 2011.

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Computer Mediated Classroom Seminar. Facilitated by Christopher Carter. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Spring 2011. MyCompLab Software and Curriculum Development Seminar. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Spring 2010. Service Student Reviewer, Research in the Teaching of English, Spring 2012-present. University of Oklahoma Work Group Leader. Teaching Assistant Orientation. Learning, Teaching, and Writing Program. Summer 2012. Work Group Leader. Development for International Teaching Assistants. Learning, Teaching, and Writing Program. Summer 2012. Peer Coach. Camp Completion. Learning, Teaching, and Writing Program. Summer 2012. TEACH Test Panelist for the Graduate College, English Assessment Program, Fall 2011present. Graduate Student Senate representative, Department of English, Academic year 2011-2012. Executive Committee, Student Association of Graduate English Studies. Department of English. Academic year 2011-2012. Reader, Office of the Provost Advisory Committee on General Education First Year Curriculum Assessment Team, Department of English, Summer-Fall 2011. Graduate College‟s Academic Appeals and Student Misconduct Panelist. Academic year 2011-2012. Incoming Graduate Student Mentor. Department of English. Academic year 2011-2012 College Level Examination Program Grader. Department of English. University of Oklahoma. Summer 2010-present. Member, Student Association of Graduate English Studies. Department of English. Fall 2009-present. Auburn University Chair of Composition Committee. English Graduate Association. Department of English. Academic year 2008-2009. Member, English Graduate Association. Department of English. 2007-2009.

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Member, English 1120 Customized Readers Selection Committee. Department of English. Academic year 2008-2009. Young Americans Christian School Member, Textbook Selection Committee. High School English Department. Academic year 2006-2007. Professional Affiliations Conference on College Composition and Communication Modern Language Association National Council of Teachers of English South Central Writing Centers Association Community Engagement Kid‟s Hope USA Mentor. Lincoln Elementary. Norman, OK. Spring 2010-present. References Christopher Carter Associate Professor Department of English University of Oklahoma cscarter@ou.edu Michele Eodice Associate Provost for Academic Engagement Director of OU Writing Center & WAC University of Oklahoma meodice@ou.edu Catherine Hobbs Professor Department of English University of Oklahoma chobbs@ou.edu Michelle Sidler Associate Professor Department of English Auburn University sildema@auburn.edu Alan Velie David Ross Boyd Professor of English Department of English University of Oklahoma alanvelie@ou.edu Kathleen Welch Samuel Roberts Noble Family Foundation Presidential Professor of English Department of English University of Oklahoma kwelch@ou.edu

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