Amy Ratto Parks

Amy Ratto Parks

Assistant Director of Composition

Office: Liberal Arts 212
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 2-3

Wednesdays 1-3

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 Presentations

“Bird Box Writing: Building Meta-Cognitive and Meta-Somatic Awareness in the

Composition Classroom”. Panelist. Western Rhetorics Conference. October 2019. Bozeman, MT.

Keynote Reader, Western Rhetorics Conference, October 2019. Bozeman, MT.

“No Normal: Wacky and Unpredictable (and even Hella frustrating) Pathways to ‘Success’.” Panelist, GetLit Literary Festival. Spokane, WA. April 22, 2019.

Co-Facilitator, “Empowering Students to More Deeply Engage with Course Learning Goals: Strategies for Supporting and Measuring Student’s Progress.” Teaching Excellence Initiative Kickoff Event. Missoula, MT. February 1, 2019

“Preparing Students for College Writing.” Montana Educational Association. October 20, 2017, Missoula, MT

“The Taste of Persuasion: Building a Pedagogy of the Senses.” Western Rhetorics Conference. Salt Lake City, UT, October 27, 2017.

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 




How To Remember The World, 2019

Radial Bloom. 2018

Song of Days, Torn and Mended. 2015

Bread and Water Body. 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.



Home Department

Department of English 

Area of Expertise

Compostition Theory; Critical Reflection in the Writing Classroom; Metacognition in the Writing Classroom; Rhetorical Theory; Textual Discourse Analysis