I am an Assistant Professor of English and the Associate Director of Composition at the University of Maine.
I earned my Ph.D. in the Teaching & Learning Ph.D. program at University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in Language, Literacy, and Composition. During my time in the program, I also took an interdisciplinary emphasis in Writing Studies, as well as a Certificate in College and University Teaching.
I am interested in how people develop as writers. My interests seem to grow with every single article I read, but right now the specific area of “development” that my research has been focused on is in K-16 settings and tied to formal writing instruction and opportunity. I am currently working on several projects, each of which is focused at a different level (elementary, middle school, secondary, postsecondary) of school, and each of which is in different stages of completion.
Even though I rarely tweet, you can follow me on twitter at @RJDippre. I maintain a list of active RSS feeds on writing, literacy, and education journals at @WritLitEdBot. You can also find me on LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and BrandYourself. If you are interested in my teaching, research, and service experience, please see the menu at the top of this page.