Amy Ratto Parks

Amy Ratto Parks

Assistant Director of Composition

Office: Liberal Arts 212
Office Hours:

Fall 2017: Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-2; & by appointment.

Personal Website

Current Position

Assistant Director of Composition

Coordinator, University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment


EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Montana (May 2015)

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Montana (May 2004)
Thesis: “Grounding”, a collection of poems.

MA in Literature, University of Montana (May 2004)
Thesis: “Moving Toward Perfection: T.S. Eliot’s Ascetic and Apophatic Quests”

BA in English-Creative Writing, Philosophy minor, Miami University (1998)
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Honors graduate
Thesis: “The Storyteller and the Television: A Study of Oral and Literate Cultures”

Research Interests

Composition theory, rhetorical theory, textual discourse analysis, critical reflection in the writing classroom, metacognition in the writing classroom, liberatory teaching, teacher response for student agency. 


Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Mixed-method case study exploring how a teacher's method of assigning and responding to crticial reflective writing impacts students' metacognition. 

Field of Study

Compostion & Rhetoric

Writing and Educational Assessment

Educational Psychology/Metacognition


Selected Publications

Recent and Forthcoming Conference Papers

“What Were You Thinking?: Using Rhetorical Stories to Teach Metacognition in the Writing Classroom.” National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). November 2014.

“Accessing the “I” in Writer: Metacognition and Liberatory Teaching.” Transforming Access Conference, University of Cincinnati. March, 2014.

“The Effects of Fully Guided Critical Reflective Writing Assignments on Metacognition in Higher Education.” Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA). October, 2013 

Recent Poetry

“Song of Animals” Mid-American Review, Fall 2103

“A Good Horse” Interim Magazine, Fall 2013

“Song for the Persistence of Light”, About Place Journal, Volume II, Issue I, with guest editor Annie Finch, Spring 2013

“For Dai, My Late Apology” Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature, Volume III

 “Harlequin” Interim Magazine, Volume 30, Issue 1 &2, February 2013

 “Triptych” Mikrokosmos/Mojo, Issue 2, December 2012

“Song for Pink Bloom and Passerine” Terrain Journal, Contest Finalist, Issue 31, November 2012

“Song of Collapse, Escape” Terrain Journal, Contest Finalist, Issue 31, November 2012


Bertha Morton Scholar, School of Education (2001 & 2010)

Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award, Instructor of Distinction (2010)

Pushcart Prize Nomination (2006) 

Honorable Mention for Best Poem, Margin (2006)

Matthew Hansen Fellow, University of Montana (2003)

Nettie Weber Scholar, University of Montana (2003)

Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Honors graduate, Miami University (1998)

Specialized Skills


Latin: Intermediate reading.

French: Beginner/Intermediate reading, writing, conversation

Spanish: Beginner/Intermediate reading, writing, conversation

Nepali: Beginner/Intermediate conversation

Teaching Experience

Since 2001, I have taught a wide variety of writing courses at UM: WRIT 095: Developmental Writing, WRIT 101: College Writing, WRIT 201: College Writing II, WRIT 540: Teaching College Composition, LIT120: Introduction to Literature (fiction), LIT 121: Introduction to Literature (poetry), CRWR 211: Introduction to Poetry Workshop. I have also designed and taught online courses in literature, creative writing, and composition. 

Professional Experience

Journalism Experience

Former assistant editor of Writer’s Digest Magazine, Fiction Writer Magazine, and Personal Journaling Magazines. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Reporter and Feature Writer, The Valley Journal Newspaper, Carbondale, Colorado.