Amy Ratto Parks

Amy Ratto Parks

Assistant Director of Composition

Office: Liberal Arts 212
Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-2:00.

Personal Website

Current Position

Assistant Director of Composition

Coordinator, Multi-Campus Writing Placement Assessment

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)

MA in Literature, University of Montana (May 2004)

BA in English-Creative Writing, Philosophy minor, Miami University (1998)

       Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Honors graduate


Field of Study



Selected Publications

Recent Papers and Conference Papers

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn: The Intersection of Rhetoric and Metacognition. Improve with Metacognition. May 6, 2016.

Best Practices for Building a Critical Reflective Curriculum to Foster Metacognitive Growth in the Higher Education Classroom. The Researcher, 27(2), SS-SS.

Pausing Mid-Stride: Mining Metacognitive Interruptions In the Classroom. Improve with Metacognition. September 26, 2015.

“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

“In The Dark Warren.” Towers and Dungeons. Lilac City Fairytales, vol. 4.

“Amy Who.” Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing.

“Apocrypha.” Weird Sisters. Lilac City Fairytales, vol. 3.

“Verb of Being.” Classical Outlook. 91(2).

“The Song We Say We Do Not Sing.” Verde Que Te Quiero Verde. Open Country Press

The Gold Mirror Girl. Marry A Monster. Lilac City Fairytales, vol. 2.



How To Remember The World, Forthcoming, September 2018

Radial Bloom. Verse Novel. Forthcoming, September 2018.

Song of Days, Torn and Mended. Poetry collection. alice blue books. Fall 2015.

Bread and Water Body. Poetry collection. Winner of the Merriam Frontier Prize. 2004.


Outstanding Performance Award (2017).

Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award (2016). Poem, Verb of Being.

Pushcart Prize Nominations (2016). Poem, The Song We Say We Do Not Sing.

Professional Equity Project Grant (2014). Conference on College Composition and Communication

2015 CCCC’s Assistance Fund Grant (2015). Conference on College Composition and Communication 

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

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

Pushcart Prize Nomination (2006) Poem, Conception.