Robyn Tierney, Online Writing Center Coordinator

Robyn Tierney 

Biographical Statement

Robyn Tierney is interested in how academic and institutional cultures set up different bodies to matter in different ways. Her dissertation research investigates scholars’ textual performances in peer-reviewed scholarship and in online writing, foregrounding the significance of identity and embodiment in narratives we construct about ourselves as scholars, teachers, and faculty administrators, and the discipline of rhetoric and composition as a vehicle for higher learning, equity, and diversity. Robyn is on schedule to defend in Spring 2020.

She has a background in non-profit educational grant writing, research, and community engagement, and has worked as a Writing Program Coordinator for three years. She teaches a range of face-to-face and online courses in rhetoric and composition, business and professional communication, technical and scientific communication, advanced composition, and pre-writing courses at the Sergeants Major Academy.


  • PhD in Rhetoric and Professional (in progress), 2020, New Mexico State University
  • MA in English: Rhetoric and Professional Communication, 2013, New Mexico State University
  • BS in Business Communication, 2010, Stevenson University 

Recent Publications

  • “Participatory Democratic Production in the Conception and Organization of a Makerspace” in the collection Education for Democracy 2.0: Global Voices for Critical Media Literacy, ed. Michael Hoechsmann, Paul R. Carr & Gina ThĂ©sĂ©e (forthcoming 2019)
  • “Exploring and Engaging Inquiry Using Primary Sources” in Paideia 17  (New Mexico State University’s first-year writing curriculum textbook)


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