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Tracy Hamler Carrick

Writing Workshop Director, Senior Lecturer

Rockefeller Hall, Room 174B


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. 

She is director of the Writing Workshop where she supports writers in their efforts to compose strong and meaningful writing, and to promote e/quality in attitudes towards diverse writing styles and language practices. 

She teaches courses in the Writing Workshop and the Knight Institute.  In these courses, which typically analyze the diverse circumstances in which people read, research, and write, she challenges students to critically examine the functions and uses of text and to produce writing themselves that is rhetorically effective 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.” 

She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, a Certificate in Women's Studies, and a Certificate in University Teaching from Syracuse University; a Master of Arts in English Composition and Certificate in Post-Secondary Reading from San Francisco State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University.  She also received an Adult Literacy Tutoring Certificate from Tompkins County Literacy Volunteers of America.

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 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