Rick Fisher

Senior Lecturer in English

Hoyt 304 / Coe 111a



Rick Fisher currently teaches courses for the Department of English and directs Communication across the Curriculum (CxC), and he has previously directed the UW Writing Center. In addition to teaching undergraduate service courses, Rick also teaches survey courses in Composition and Writing Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching often incorporates service learning, writing for public audiences, and assignments that encourage students to explore disciplinary identity.


Ph.D., Literacy Education, University of Wyoming, 2018.

M.A., English: Composition/Rhetoric, University of Wyoming, 2006.

B.A., Secondary Education / B.A., English, University of Wyoming, 2002.

Recent Courses Taught

First-Year Composition (including Bridge sections)

Approaches to Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing

Technical and Professional Writing

Rhetoric and Composition: Methods, Theory, and Practice (graduate level)

Rhetorical Approaches to Genre (graduate level)

Scholarly Writing Practices / Scholarly Writing Techniques (graduate level, non-credit bearing)

Recent Publications

Rick Fisher. "Mixed Messages: A Disciplinary(?) Response to Physics Lab Reports.” Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. April 2023.

Rick Fisher, Cynthia H. Brock, Kate Welsh, and Gabriel Schwartz. “An academic writing program as displacement space: New stories and new positions.” Journal of Writing Research. April 2023.

Rick Fisher, Amanda DeDiego, Kathryn Cooper, Michele Larson, Kathleen Frye, & Chelsea Duball. “This is the type of audience I’ve learned to write to my whole life”: Exploring student perspectives about writing for different kinds of audiences. Across the Disciplines. Dec. 2022.

Rick Fisher and Maggie Bourque. “Stories for change: Solastalgia, climate grief, and re-storying ourselves.” Journal of Folklore in Education (special issue). Sept. 2022.

Rick Fisher. “The fact of the text: Exploring misalignment in undergraduate lab reports.” Research in the Teaching of English, 56(2). Nov. 2021.

Rick Fisher, Cynthia H. Brock, Tia Frahm, Ann Van Wig, & Victoria R. Gillis. "Reflections on Writing and Identity: Exploring the Role of Qualifying Exams in the Sociocultural Development of Doctoral Students." Studies in Continuing Education. Sept. 2019. doi:10.1080/0158037X.2019.1661237

Rick Fisher. “Reconciling Disciplinary Literacy Perspectives with Genre-Oriented Activity Theory: Towards a Fuller Synthesis of Traditions.” Reading Research Quarterly. April 2019. doi:10.1002/rrq.233


Selected Awards

College of Arts & Sciences Student Ambassador “Thumbs Up” Award (2019)

Social Sciences Writer’s Residency, UW-NPS AMK Ranch, Grand Teton National Park (2017)

Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award, UW College of Arts & Sciences (2015)

Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year, UW LeaRN Program (2013, 2014)

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