Professional Profile

Iris Deana Ruiz
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 317-1848
iruiz4@ucmerced.edu

Education:

Ph. D. Literature, June, 2010: University of California, San Diego, emphasis: Composition and Rhetoric
Dissertation: ―Shattering Glass Mirrors: A Case for Historiographic Theory and Writing in Composition Studies‖
Master of Arts English, May, 2003: California State University, Fresno, emphasis: Composition Theory
Master’s Thesis: ―Generation 1.5: A Border Culture in Ethnography‖
Bachelor of Arts, May, 1999: California State University, Fresno
Golden Key Honors Society

Dissertation:

“Shattering Glass Mirrors: A Case for Historiographic Theory and Writing in
Composition Studies”

My dissertation, Shattering Glass Mirrors: A Case for Historiographic Theory and Writing in Composition, elaborates the theory, history, and practice of critical historiography as a pedagogical approach for students who live in an increasingly multicultural, multilingual society. Critical historiography is founded on the premise that the lost histories of composition, which are inextricably tied to black normal schools as well as schools that catered to students of color and lower class students throughout the twentieth century, at once call into question established histories of composition, and serve as models for developing alternative pedagogical approaches to the teaching of composition today.

Presentations:

2003, CSU, Fresno: ―Generation 1.5: A Border Culture in Ethnography‖ (EGSA Colloquium)
2003, CCCC: New York RNF – ―Generation 1.5: A Border Culture in Ethnography‖
2005, CCCC: San Francisco RNF – ―Generation 1.5: Pedagogical Implications‖
2006, CCCC: Chicago Panel Speaker 3 – ―Border Pedagogy or Contact Zone?‖
2008, UCSD: Townhall Meeting on the Status of Chicano/Latinos at UCSD
2009, CCCC San Francisco Workshop facilitator for the Latino Caucus
2010, CCCC Louisville Panel Speaker 3 – ―Critical Historiography in the Composition Classroom
2011, CCCC Atlanta Workshop facilitator for the Latino Caucus
2011, CCCC Atlanta Panel Speaker – “R.I.D.: Race, Immigration and Diversity: More than just PC: It’s about our MACro Collectivities
2013, Facilitator for the Latino Caucus Workshop at the College Conference on Composition and Communication
****Abstracts of Presentations available upon request.

Organizations

Member, National Council Teachers of English
Member, Modern Language Association

University Service and Leadership

Lecturer Representative, UC Merced Undergraduate Council
Member, Merritt Writing Program Minding the Gap Series, 2014-15
Member, Merritt Writing Program Hiring Committee, 2014
Member, Merritt Writing Program Curriculum Committee
Co-Chair, Merritt Writing Program Writing in the Disciplines Committee 2013-14
Member, Merritt Writing Program Academic Review Committee 2012-2014
Member, Merritt Writing Program Core Assessment Committee 2012, Summer
Member, Merritt Writing Program Curriculum Committee 2010-2012
Member, Merritt Writing Program Faculty Interest Group: Composition and Rhetoric 2011-12
Coordinator of UCSD All-Grad Research Symposium 2007-2008
Committee Chairman: Director of Graduate Students of Color Coalition Talent Show 2007-2008
Committee Member: Standing Committee on Graduate Professional and Student Satisfaction 2007-2008
Graduate Student Association Representative for Literature 2007-2008
Committee Member: Teaching Development Advisory Committee 2007-2008
Committee Member: Student Health Services and Insurance Committee 2007-2008
UCSD Representative: University of California Student Association Summer, 2007
Subcommittee Member: Graduate Professional and Student Satisfaction Committee 2006-2007
Coordinator of UCSD All-Grad Research Symposium 2006-2007

Awards:

2009-2010 Chair’s Memorial Scholarship Recipient, CCCC
2009-10 Chancellor’s Diversity Award, UCSD
2007-2008 Social Justice Award, UCSD
2005-2006 Dream Travel Award Winner 4C’s Composition Conference
2002-2003 Distinguished Presenter at EGSA Colloquium
1999 McNair Scholar: ―Richard Wright and the Politics of the Personal‖
1999-2002: Golden Key Honors Society
1993-1996 Dean’s List

Professional Experience:

2010 –Current University of California, Merced, CA
Merritt Writing Program Lecturer
Teach a range of Composition and Rhetoric courses. The range includes first year writing courses, second-year argumentative courses and a multidisciplinary survey course with a strong emphasis on argumentation which surveys all key disciplines in the University and their relationship to one another.
Participate in faculty meetings, meetings with guest speakers and committee work. Participate in Core Friday activities, such as the Life of Galileo Play and the Copenhagen play, casted in the role of Neils Bohr in the Copenhagen play, hosted the author of the 2012 common read book,
Allen Christensen as well as Guy Consolmagno in 2011. Participant in Composition and Rhetoric Faculty Interest Group and also contributed to the assessment meeting designed to revise the Core Quantitative Rubric.
Serve as a Faculty Adviser to the ―Angels‖—a female academic and community service interest group made up of UC, Merced undergraduate females.

2008 — 2010 University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Warren College Writing Instructor
Teach academic argumentation to two sections of fourteen college students.
Attend weekly teaching assistant meetings directed by both senior faculty and experienced writing program administrators.
Teach classes concerning Identity and the Internet and Sports Ethics.

2006 — 2008 University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Office of Graduate Studies Intern
Liason between the Administration and graduate population at UCSD.
Student advocate and consultant to the administration.
Attended Dean of Graduate Studies cabinet meetings.
Served on numerous committees to provide graduate student input and recommendations.
Involved in administrative decisions regarding graduate student life at UCSD.
Worked with the Graduate Student Association to communicate about and organize a campus-wide conference which provided an opportunity for graduate students to present their research locally.
Contacted various publications such as Union Tribune and The San Diego Reader for press releases regarding major events pertaining to graduate students at UCSD.
Introduced ideas for improving the quality of graduate student life at UCSD.

Fall 2003 – Spring 2005 University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Warren College Writing Instructor
Taught academic argumentation to two sections of fourteen college students.
Attended weekly teaching assistant meetings directed by both senior faculty and experienced writing program administrators.
Taught classes concerning Identity and the Internet, Globalization in the Pacific Rim, Private Life and the Law, Revisiting the American Past: The Spanish Conquest, Rights of Juveniles: The Warren Court, Legal writing, and Access to Higher Educaton.
2005-06, Senior Teaching Assistant responsible for making new TA’s feel comfortable and for providing relevant pedagogical instruction during incoming TA orientation and throughout the academic year.

Spring, 2003 California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA
First Year Composition Instructor
Taught two sections of introduction to college writing (25 students in each class).
Themes concentrated on: Discrimination, Perception vs. Reality, and Academic Research intended to lead to service-learning.
Used a movie as a source for writing – successful in teaching concepts of Perception and Reality.
Student used Blackboard to check daily announcements, assignments, discussion questions and to turn in work on-line.

Fall, 2002 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
Developmental English Instructor
Taught developmental English to a cohort of women who were training to be Child-care assistants.
Taught developmental English to students who were pursuing and A.A. or an A.S. or planning to transfer to a four year University.
Most assignments focused on culture, language and identity.
Used current process pedagogies and collaborative techniques to allow students to share their writing meaningfully.
Taught in a computer lab where students were often encouraged to engage in idea generation and reading responses in the classroom in cooperation with the daily assignment.
Kept meticulous records of attendance and grades (work turned in).

Spring, 2002 California State University, FresnoFresno, CA
English A Instructor/TA
Taught two sections of developmental English.
Attended weekly small-group training sessions, which focused on teacher concerns for the week. Class themes were: Language of Resistance and Change, Challenging Stereotypes and What is Culture?
Participated in mid-term and final portfolio readings – high pass rates in both of my sections.

Spring, 2001 California State University, Fresno, CA
English 1 Assistant Coordinator
Planned and periodically directed weekly teacher training meetings.
Created a listserv for all English 1 instructors (about 35) and managed it.
Organized the English 1 mass-portfolio reading.
Conducted frequent writing assessments (―norming sessions‖)
Wrote reports to track student progress throughout the semester to ensure student success in course.
Taught one section of Composition: Critical Approach to Language (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Spring, 2001 California State University, Fresno, CA
English 1 Instructor/Research Assistant
Workshop Leader in Mainstreaming Pilot Project (Engl 1LP)
English 1LP was a pilot program that has now been permanently implemented. It was designed to approach remediation by streamlining remedial students into Freshman Composition.
Chosen as 1 of 5 pilot members.
Led two workshops both semesters.
Participated in the research of this program.
Coded data for the senior professor leading the programs
Helped to finalize data in order to present it to Provost with the intent of implementing the program permanently.

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