Lauren Rosenberg


PhD Rhetoric & Composition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2006)

MFA Creative Writing (fiction), New York University, New York, NY (1997)

BA Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1986)

Research and Teaching Interests:

Composition theory and pedagogy; critical and community literacy studies; writing program administration; feminist theories and methodologies; qualitative research methods; creative writing


Biographical Statement:

Lauren Rosenberg joined the faculty in English as Writing Program Administrator and Associate Department Head in 2016 after ten years at Eastern Connecticut State University where she was an associate professor and first year writing coordinator. She is the author of The Desire for Literacy: Writing in the Lives of Adult Learners (CCCC/NCTE 2015). Threaded through all of Rosenberg’s scholarship is a commitment to examining and advocating for equity through community engagement and public activism. Rosenberg’s early work in service learning and composition with newly arrived immigrant groups led to a career-long interest in the literacy practices of underrepresented populations. Her literacy research extends from the study of adult learners in her book to a current longitudinal project on the writing practices of military veterans while in service in relation to the practices they develop as university students and teachers. From her experiences in areas of public activism, Rosenberg has learned to encourage students to always look beyond the confines of the university so that they might understand how their writing can serve multiple purposes, such as problem solving, reflection, and interrogation of power relations. The same feminist imperative that informs her research—of listening intensively for more honest critical “action in cross-boundary exchange” (Jacqueline Jones Royster)—also shapes her teaching and administrative practices.

Selected Publications


The Desire For Literacy: Writing in The Lives of Adult Learners. Urbana: CCCC/NCTE Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (SWR) series, 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Implementing a Public Liberal Arts Mission in Changing Times.” Rita Malenczyk and Lauren Rosenberg. A Critical Look at Institutional Mission: A Guide for Writing Program Administrators. Ed. Joseph Janangelo. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2016.

“Adult Nonliteracy: A Silent Epidemic.” Media Planet/USA Today, Education and Career News special supplement on adult literacy. December 4, 2015.

“No One Wants to Go There: Resilience, Denial, and Possibilities for Queering the Writing Classroom.” DiGrazia, Jennifer and Lauren Rosenberg. Eds. Elizabeth Flynn, Patricia Sotirin, and Ann Brady. Feminist Rhetorical Resilience. Logan: Utah State UP, 2012.

From Tutor to Tutor: A Guidebook for Writers. Ed. Lauren Rosenberg. CT: Eastern CT State U. 2011.

“Dialogic for ‘Their Own Ends’: Increasing the Pedagogical Independence of Peer Tutors in the Writing Center and the First-Year Writing Classroom.” Malenczyk, Rita and Lauren Rosenberg. Writing Lab Newsletter. Nov/Dec 2011.

“Retelling Culture Through the Construction of Alternative Literacy Narratives: A Study of Adults Acquiring New Literacies Reflections: Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning. 9.3 Summer 2010.

“A Conversation About Literacy Narratives and Social Power.” Rosenberg, Lauren and Kirk Branch. Reflections: Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning. 9.3 Summer 2010.

“’You Have to Knock at the Door for the Door Get Open”: The Construction of Alternative Literacy Narratives by New Adult Writers.” Community Literacy Journal. 2.2 Spring 2008.

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