Amanda McGuire Rzicznek


Ms. Amanda McGuire Rzicznek

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-4660
Address: 442 East Hall

Before students can be expected to write effectively they must be given the tools to do so. My goal is to engage students with the basics of writing: audience, thesis/focus, organization/structure, development, and grammar. I accomplish this goal by explaining these basic concepts of writing during in-class lectures. After lecturing, I provide students with examples and exercises to reinforce the aforementioned concepts. Also, by providing students with careful and liberal feedback on their rough and final drafts as well as conferencing with them one-to-one, I further emphasize how they can apply the material presented in class to their writing assignments in the Composition classroom and writing assignments for courses in other disciplines. Additionally, through exercises such as in-class writing and collaborative groups, it is my hope that students are able to express their thoughts on paper without feeling outside pressures (from themselves, peers, or even me). I believe that it is my responsibility to help students feel comfortable in their roles as writers and readers. Ultimately, through my student-centered teaching philosophy and pedagogy, my goal is to teach students writing matters, especially their writing.



Hoy, Cheryl, Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, Cheryl Lachowski, and Elizabeth Zemanski. “Contemplative Pedagogy - How to Use Mindfulness Activities to Overcome Classroom Distractions.” Webinar. Center for Faculty Excellence Knowledge Share Webinar Series. Center for Faculty Excellence. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, OH. (February 17, 2016).

"Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Strategies.” Lilly Conference Series on College and University Teaching and Learning: Evidence Based Teaching and Learning. Online. 1996 words. (October 2014). Peer Reviewed.


“Glass: A Metaphor for Muscles: A Quote from Louise Bourgeois in Two Variations.” Spittoon. 1.1 (2011): 31. Web. 31 Aug. 2011.

“In Fits of—.” Spittoon. 1.1 (2011): 32. Web. 31 Aug. 2011.

“On the Phone with a Father, After an Accident.” Spittoon. 1.1 (2011): 33. Web. 31 Aug. 2011.

Food Writing

“My Heart Is a Kale Chip: In Defense of Food Writing.” Portal del Sol: Review of Journals and Editors. 18 Aug. 2011. Web.

BG News. Food Columnist. May 2010-present.

Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. Food and Wine Feature Editor. “From Plate to Palate: A Monthly Feature.” 2009-Present.  Web

Everyday Palate: A Food Blog. 25 July 2009-Present. Web. (Link to the blog)

Monthly Web-Show (with Sarah Lenz): "Spatula: One Ingredient, Two Ways." Connotation Press. 2011. Web. (Link to the Connotation Press site)



"Combating Multisensory Distractions: Contemplative Practices for Students and Educators." Presented with Cheryl Lachowski and Elizabeth Zemanski. Lilly Conference Series on College and University Teaching and Learning: Evidence Based Teaching and Learning. Traverse City, MI: Ocober 15-17, 2015.

"It's Time fo Focus! Reclaiming the College Classroom Though Mindfulness and Meditation. " Presented wih Cheryl Lachowski a Prism of Possibility: Looking Thru to the Future conference, Bowling Green, OH, March 2015.

"Promoting Student Engagement with Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Strategies." Presented with Dr. Cheryl Hoy at the Lilly Conference, Traverse City, October 2014.

“Planting Seeds of Motivation: Community Gardens and the First-Year Composition Student,” my contribution to the presentation

“Making Space for Service-Learning Projects within a Portfolio-Based Writing Program” with Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene, Dr. Susan Carlton, and Dr. Ann Westrick for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) April 2011, Atlanta, GA.

“Writers Helping Writers:  Community Engagement and the Writing Center,” presentation with Dr. Barbara Toth for the International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA) 2005, Minneapolis, MN.  

Food Studies

"Nurturing Connections: Food and Service Learning in First Year Writing Courses." North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, Raleigh, February 2013.

“Food Writing: Subgenre or Multigenre?” (With Sarah Lenz) BGSU’s Winter Wheat Writer’s Festival, 2011.

“Food Writing 101,” presentation for BGSU’s Winter Wheat Writer’s Festival, 2009.

Creative Writing

“Service Writing in the Community,” panel presentation with Katie Fallon for AWP 2004, Chicago, IL.

“Among School Children: Writers-in-the-Schools,” panel presentation with David Hassler and F. Daniel Rzicznek for The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Program Twentieth Anniversary Reunion, March 2004, Kent, OH.