Liberal Arts - 32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT - 59812


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Amy Ratto Parks
–  Interim Director of Composition

Office: Liberal Arts 212
Phone: (406) 243-2133

Current Position:

Fall 2014

WRIT 540: Teaching College Composition

Field Of Study:

Compostion & Rhetoric

Educational Psychology/Metacognition

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.


EdD, ABD,Curriculum and Instruction, University of Montana (2014)

MFA,Creative Writing, University of Montana (2004)

MA,Literature, University of Montana (2004)

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

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.

Selected Publications:

Recent and ForthcomingConference Papers

“What Were You Thinking?: Using Rhetorical Stories to Teach Metacognition in the Writing Classroom.” NationalCouncil ofTeachers 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

Specialized Skills:


Latin: Intermediate reading.

Spanish: Beginner/Intermediate reading, writing, conversation

Nepali: Beginner/Intermediate conversation

Professional Experience:

Journalism Experience

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

Reporter and FeatureWriter,The Valley Journal Newspaper, Carbondale, Colorado.

International Experience:


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)