University at Buffalo

Ryan M. Rish

Ryan M. Rish

Assistant Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

English Education; Digital Media and Learning; Literacy; Ethnography; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Contact Information
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4000
ryanrish@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

My research interests involve the literacy practices of adolescents, especially in regard to how those practices relate to the institutions, social spaces, and geographic places in which they are enacted. This research includes investigations within and across classrooms, online spaces, and communities guided by concerns for learning with participants how to make learning opportunities more equitable for marginalized youth and how to engage students with critical considerations of their social worlds and local communities. Recent projects focus on supporting student inquiry with digital tools that allow for the collection and dissemination of locative data and media.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Ohio State University, Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies (2011)
  • MEd, Ohio State University, English Education (2001)
  • BA, Walsh University, English & Philosophy (1997)
Awards and Honors:
  • Exceptional Graduate Educator; LAI Graduate Student Association; 2018-04-27;
  • Exceptional Doctoral Mentor; LAI Graduate Student Association; 2018-04-27;
  • Online Teaching Ambassador; Open SUNY; 2018-02-12;
  • Faculty in Residence; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo (SUNY); 2017-11-01;
  • Emerging Teacher Award; English Department, Kennesaw State University; 2012-01-09;
Grants:
Grant:
  • Students Producing Critical Digital Media: Leveraging Social Media to Address Social Issues; Foundation and Research Organization; National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on English Education; Awarded; (06/08/2016-08/31/2016)
  • Supporting Pre-Service English Teachers in the Teaching of Grammar; Foundation and Research Organization; Center for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Kennesaw State University; Awarded; (02/06/2012-05/31/2012)
  • Dissertation Support Grant; Foundation and Research Organization; Phi Kappa Phi; Awarded; (02/02/2009-05/31/2011)
  • Community Literacies and Civic Engagement Associated with an Online Newspaper; Foundation and Research Organization; Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, Ohio State University; Awarded; (06/30/2008-06/30/2008)
  • Podcasting in English Language Arts and Social Studies; State; eTech Ohio; Awarded; (02/01/2006-06/14/2006)
Sponsored Research:
  • Incentive Funding for Research and Creative Activity; Foundation and Research Organization; Center for the Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), Kennesaw State University; Awarded; (-)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Connors, S.P., & Rish, R.M. (2015). Troubling ideologies: Creating opportunities for students to interrogate cultural models in YA literature. The ALAN Review, 42(3), 22-34.
  • Rish, R.M. (2015). Investigating the implications of “racelifting”: Critical considerations of race in transmedia storytelling. SIGNAL, 37(1), 7-10.
  • Rish, R.M. (2015). Researching writing events: Using mediated discourse analysis to explore how students write together. Literacy, 49(1), 12-19.
  • Rish, R.M., & Pytash, K.E. (2015). Kindling the pedagogic imagination: Pre-service teachers writing with social media. Voices from the Middle, 23(2), 37-42.
  • Connors, S.P., & Rish, R.M. (2014). Puzzle solving and modding: Two metaphors for examining the politics of close reading. Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, 67, 94-118.
  • Rish, R.M. & Caton, J. (2011). Building worlds together with collaborative writing: Creative, social, and pedagogic challenges. English Journal, 100(5), 21-28.
  • Kinloch, V., Slocum, A., Ressler, M. & Rish, R.M. (2009). Innovative writing instruction: Writing selves, writing stories. English Journal, 98(5), 102-106.
Book Chapter:
  • Rish, R.M., Cun, A.*, Gloss, A.*, Pamuk, M.* (2018). Mobile asset mapping as community inquiry. In S. Arafeh, D. Herro, C. Holden, & R. Ling (Eds.), Mobile learning: Perspectives on practice and policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rish, R.M., & Slocum, A. (2015). Video-mediated teacher inquiry with pre-service English teachers. In E. Ortlieb, M.B. McVee, & L.E. Shanahan (Eds.), Video Reflection in Literacy Teacher Education and Development: Lessons from Research and Practice (pp. 211-233). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Rish, R.M., Bylen, K.*, Vreeland, H.*, Wimberley, C.C.* (2015). Using Google Drive to write dialogically with teachers. In H. Gillow-Wiles & M. Niess (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age (pp. 366-388). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Rish, R.M. (2014). Students’ transmedia storytelling: Building fantasy storyworlds in video game design. In H.R. Gerber, & S.S. Abrams (Eds.), Bridging Literacies with Videogames (pp. 29-52). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.
  • Rish, R.M. (2013). Exploring multimodal composing processes with pre-service teachers. In K. Pytash & R. Ferdig (Eds.), Preparing Teachers for Writing and Writing Instruction (pp. 1-15). Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.
Book Review:
  • Rish, R.M. (2008). Review essay of Media, learning, and sites of possibility by M.L. Hill & L. Vasudevan (Eds.). Teachers College Record.
Other:
  • Rish, R.M., & Cun, A. (2018). Co-navigating mobilized student inquiry across multiple contexts. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Learning Sciences. London, United Kingdom.
  • Rish, R.M. (2017). Mediated discourse analysis. In K. Peppler (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of out-of-school learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • McVerry, G., O’Byrne, I., Pytash, K., Rish, R.M., Shields, M., & Wise, J. (2015). The #WalkMyWorld Project. In E. Gordon & P. Milhailidis (Eds.), Civic Media Project. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Available online at: http://civicmediaproject.org/works/civic-media-project/walkmyworld?1426004679076=1
  • Rish, R.M. & Caton, J. (2009). The complexities of teaching new literacies in our classrooms. Adolescent Literacy: In Perspective. Ohio Resource Center.
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Rish, R.M. (2018, March). Following the learning lives of adolescents conducting inquiry. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research, Baltimore, Maryland. (work in progress);
  • Rish, R.M., & Connors, S.P. (2017, June). Working through the challenges of conducting community inquiry in public schools. Conference on English Education, Columbus, Ohio. (panel);
  • Rish, R.M., & Cun, A. (2018, June). Co-navigating mobilized student inquiry across multiple contexts. International Conference on the Learning Sciences, London, United Kingdom. (short paper);
  • Rish, R.M. (2016, November). Advocating for New Literacies and Technology in Classrooms and Communities. National Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, Georgia. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2016, November). Using Geotags to Listen and Learn About People, Places, and Communities. National Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, Georgia. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2017, February). Youth Perspectives of Urban Spatialities and Transnational Mobilities. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research, San Francisco, California. (work in progress session);
  • Rish, R.M. (2016, April). Accounting for ephemeral literacies. Writing & Literacies SIG, American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2016, February). Investigating the commensurability of practice in adolescents’ writing. National Council Teachers of English Assembly of Research. Ypsilanti, Michigan. (symposium);
  • Wright, D., Rish, R.M., & Levy, A. (2015, November). The creativity and art of the (online) social annotation of literary texts. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Minneapolis, Minnesota. (demonstration);
  • Gibbons Pyles, D., Johnson, L., Pleasants, H., Rish, R.M., & Warner, J. (2015, February). What does it mean to teach "here"?: Examining place and space in literacy research. JoLLE@UGA Conference, Athens, Georgia. (symposium);
  • Johnson, L., Rish, R.M., & Warner, J. (2014, December). Study Group: Conceptualizing and exploring space and place in digital literacies research. Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, Florida. (working group);
  • Rish, R.M. (2014, December). The #walkmyworld project: Exploring the use of digital texts and tools as a means to connect, collaborate, and share. Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, Florida. (symposium);
  • Wright, D., & Rish, R.M. (2015, February). Exploring the potential of participatory culture: Social annotation of multimodal texts with physical and digital tools. JoLLE@UGA Conference, Athens, Georgia. (demonstration);
  • Wright, D., & Rish, R.M. (2015, February). Social annotation of multimodal texts with online digital tools. Georgia Council of Teachers of English. Young Harris, Georiga. (demonstration);
  • Rish, R., Levy, A., & Wright, D. (2013, November). Exploring affinity spaces to (re)invent the English classroom. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2013, December). Engaging pre-service teachers with critical digital literacy practices. Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2013, December). Remediating master narratives of place with pre-service teachers. Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas. (symposium);
  • Wichman, Y., Rish, R.M., Harper, T., Guglielmo, L. (2013, November). Getting your head in the clouds: Cloud computing and the English classroom. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2013, April). “What do you want added on here?”: Authorship and ownership in online collaborative writing. Writing & Literacies SIG, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2013, February). Constructing multimodal counternarratives of place with pre-service teachers. National Council Teachers of English Assembly of Research, Columbus, Ohio. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M., Crovitz, D., Dail, J., & Montgomery, R. (2013, July). Reconceptualizing English education with a literacy practices framework. Conference on English Education, Summer Conference, Ft. Collins, Colorado. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M., Devereaux, M., Crovitz, D., Goodsite, M., Dail, J., Levy, A., & Montgomery, R. (2013, July). “Your student teachers don’t know their grammar”: Addressing the teaching of grammar across an English education program. Conference on English Education, Summer Conference, Ft. Collins, Colorado. (symposium);
  • Stillerman, M., Rish, R.M., & Adamczyk, C. (2013, March). Mentored writing: Coaching, conferring, and collaborating with student writers. Literacy Conference, Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project, Kennesaw, Georgia. (demonstration);
  • Rish, R., Bryarly, E., Cuthbertson, V., Patterson, L., & Postema, H. (2012, February). Researching affinity spaces to rethink the ELA classroom. Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Pine Mountain, Georgia. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2011, November). Students’ transmedia storytelling: The adaptation and extension of written stories in video game design. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2012, February). Slumlords and tenant rights: Online and offline civic engagement in a virtual/geographic community. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2012, November). Reciprocal composition of written and multimodal texts. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. & Caton, J. (2010, November). The building worlds project: Collaborative fantasy and science fiction composition. National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, Orlando, Florida. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2011, April). Talk and digital text as mediational means: A mediated discourse analysis of a collaborative fantasy writing event. Writing & Literacies SIG, American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2011, February). Attention structure alignments and misalignments within collaborative writing events. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. (symposium);
  • Rish, R., Caton, J., Jungling, H., & Kelly, J. (2010, February). Building worlds in which to play: Telling fantasy tales with collaborative writing and video game design. Digital Media in a Social World Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2010, February). Building fantasy worlds: Adolescents’ collaborative composition mediated by digital tools. Digital Media and Learning Conference, University of California-Davis, La Jolla, California. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2010, June). Mediated discourse analysis of a collaborative writing event. Discourse Analysis Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (work-in-progress session);
  • Rish, R.M., & Caton J. (2010, May). Mediated discourse analysis: Researching the collaborative fantasy writing of high school students. Brown Bag Research Talks, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (brown bag);
  • Newell, G., Rish, R.M. & Bloome, D. (2009, April). Digital multimodal composition as a social practice: A conceptual review of studies in and out of school contexts. Writing & Literacies SIG, American Educational Research Association, San Diego, California. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2009, April). StoryChat: Community conversations in an online newspaper. LiteracyStudies@OSU International Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2009, April). User-generated content of an online newspaper: A contested form of civic engagement. MiT6 International Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2009, May). The Building worlds project: Student-authored fantasy fiction. Multimodal Discourse Analysis Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. (work-in-progress session);
  • Rish, R.M., Slocum, A., Clark, C. & Beickleman, F. (2008, November). Video-mediated teacher inquiry. CEE Colloquium: Structuring Field Experiences for Pre-Service Teachers, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas. (symposium);
  • Rish, R.M. (2008, May). StoryChat: Community conversations in computer-mediated discourse. Graduate Student Symposium and Diversity Forum, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (symposium);
Invited Lectures:
  • Rish, R.M. (2014, August). Young adults and their writing practices. LRA Show, Episode 10. Literacy Research Association. Available online at: http://goo.gl/6QcM7R (webinar);
  • Rish, R.M. (2014, November). Space, place, and #literacies. LRA Show, Episode 13. Literacy Research Association. Available online at: http://goo.gl/lRp0M5 (webinar);
  • Rish, R.M. (2012, October). Digital literacies as social practice. Symposium on Digital Literacies, Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society, University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia. (symposium);
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
    08/01/2017-
Professional Service:
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, English Language Arts Teacher Educators (formerly CEE)
    09/01/2018-08/31/2019
  • Treasurer, National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research (NCTEAR)
    02/01/2015-02/28/2018
  • Co-Chair, Conference on English Education (CEE) Commission on New Literacies, Technologies, and Teacher Education
    11/03/2014-11/30/2016
News:

    Contact Information

    505 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-4000
    ryanrish@buffalo.edu