I am an Assistant Professor of English and the 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 throughout the lifespan.  Drawing on recent research in literate action, literate activity, and literate practices by Charles Bazerman, Paul Prior, Kevin Roozen, Stacey Pigg, Rebecca Woordard, and others, I am currently attempting to work out what I call a “foundational infrastructure” for studying writing through the lifespan.  I am currently working on several projects, each of which is focused at a different age group (postsecondary; graduate; retirement) and social positioning.  My most recent publication can be found in the new issue of Literacy in Composition Studies

Even though I rarely tweet, you can follow me on twitter at @RJDippre. 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.