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Tracy Hamler Carrick

Writing Workshop Director, Graduate Writing Service Co-Director, Senior Lecturer

Rockefeller Hall, Room 174B

Educational Background

Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric 

Certificate of Advanced Studies, Women’s Studies

Certificate in University Teaching, Future Professoriate Program

Literacy Volunteers of America, Tompkins County, New York

Tutoring Certificate, Adult Literacy 

San Francisco State University, College of Humanities

Master of Arts, English with Concentration in Composition

Teaching Certificate, Post-Secondary Reading 

Teaching Certificate, Teaching of Composition 

Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature


Tracy Hamler Carrick teaches writing, preferably under a tree near a brook on a sunny autumn afternoon.  But she’ll settle for those others places where writers tend to gather: classrooms, writing centers, community centers, libraries, coffee houses. 

As director of the Writing Workshop and of the Graduate Writing Service, Dr. Carrick supports writers, teachers, and tutors in their efforts to compose strong and meaningful prose, and to promote e/quality in attitudes towards diverse writing styles and language practices. 

Dr. Carrick teaches First-Year Writing Seminars and faciliatates teacher- and tutor-training courses and workshops for the Knight Institute.  In these courses and workshops -- which typically analyze the diverse circumstances in which people read, research, and write -- she challenges students, tutors, and teachers to critically examine the functions and uses of text, and to produce writing and writing assignments that are rhetorically effective and engaging in myriad personal, professional, and civic contexts.  Like activist and poet Adrienne Rich, she believes that “You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.” 

Her work in the field of Rhetoric and Composition explores relationships between language and power; literacy and access to social and political institutions; and critical/popular education and activism.   More specifically, she writes with and about writers to explore the dynamic ways that people work together to learn, to understand diverse language and discourse practices, and to co-write as they imagine and work toward personal, social, and institutional change.  She is the co-editor of Authorship in Composition Studies (2006), and has published scholarly essays on progressive pedagogy, community-based learning, writing center/program administration, and institutional activism. 

Before coming to Cornell, she directed Colby College’s Farnham Writers’ Center, co-coordinated Writing Across the Curriculum programming, and taught writing courses and workshops at all levels of the curriculum.  Prior to that, she taught writing at Syracuse University, where she also trained new teachers and was recognized with a teaching award; Ithaca College; and San Francisco State University, where she also co-directed the English Tutoring Center and piloted coursework for an award-winning basic writing curriculum.


  • John S. Knight Institute