Rachel Liberatore, M.A. | Albright College

Rachel Liberatore, M.A.

Rachel Liberatore, M.A.

Director of the Writing Center
rliberatore@albright.edu

610-921-7854

M.A., English, University of New Mexico
Graduate Certificate in Women Studies, University of New Mexico
M.A., Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico
Concentration: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Comprehensive Exam
Research Topic: Teaching Writing to ESL and Culturally Diverse Students
B.A., English and Elementary Education, Grinnell College

Biography

Rachel Liberatore has been the Albright Writing Center Director since 2009 and teaches ENG 101, ENG 102 and FYS– Environmental and Nature Literature. As Writing Center Director, she has a particular interest in tutor staff development that helps students gain new creative/professional identities and leadership roles. Her Writing Center work has also focused on expanding our peer tutoring models to new areas (ex: reading tutoring, and along with the Academic Learning Center, peer academic tech tutoring) and varied modalities (new online tutoring options).

Areas of Expertise

  • First-year writing
  • Composition
  • Writing centers
  • Peer tutoring

Scholarship

Selected Conference Presentations

“Looking Inward While Stepping Outside: An Interdisciplinary Reading/Writing Sequence With Outdoor Experience as Pandemic-Era Solace.” Philadelphia Writing Program Administrator’s Conference, York College (online conference), Spring 2021

“Letting Their Artistry Shine: Supporting Tutors’ Creative Contributions to Center Development,” International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA), Columbus, Ohio, Fall 2019

“Border-Crossing: Challenging Hierarchies through Effective Peer-to-Peer Tutor Mentoring and Training” (co-presented), College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Fall 2018

“Why Won’t They Read? Motivating Students to Read Like Scholars” (copresented), Teaching & Learning Collaboratory, Albright College, Spring 2017

“Recruiting and Selecting Tutors to Promote Inclusivity and Justice,” International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA), Chicago, IL, Fall 2017

“Tired of Endless Marking? 10 Ways of Responding to Student Writing” Teaching & Learning Collaboratory, Albright College, Spring 2016

“Should We Also Be Reading Centers? Here’s How We Did It” (panel member), International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA), Denver, CO, Fall 2016

Co-Presented With Students

“How Can Exploring Our Own Identities Help Us Reach Students ‘Where They’re At’ As We Re- Imagine Our Tutoring?” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference (MAWCA), Towson University, panel with Albright peer tutors, Spring 2020

“How Writing Center Philosophy Can Remain Responsive to Campus Changes and Students’ Evolving Needs,” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference (MAWCA), Lafayette College, round-robin with Albright peer tutors, Spring 2019

“Mixed Expectations: Negotiating Differences Between Tutor, Writer and Professor Expectations,” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference (MAWCA), West Chester University, co-led with Albright College peer tutors, Spring 2011

“Writing Centers as Sites of Cultural Exchange: Tutoring and Learning from International Students,” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference (MAWCA), University of Delaware, co-led with Albright College peer tutors, Spring 2010