Quinnipiac University
Marissa Christina McKinley

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Informed by contemporary composition scholarship on learning theory, metacognition, and writing transfer, Dr. McKinley's teaching focuses on helping students to become more critically aware, self-reflective thinkers, speakers, readers, and writers. To aid students in their learning development, Dr. McKinley employs the pedagogical approach "slow writing," which emphasizes reflection and deep connection-making. For this approach, Dr. McKinley earned a Center for Teaching Excellence Writing Award at her previous institution, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Aside from her work in the writing classroom, Dr. McKinley produces scholarship within the intersections of medical rhetorics and feminist rhetorics. Her current research focuses on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and underscores challenges tied to the oppression of women and minorities. Dr. McKinley's scholarship has been presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Feminisms and Rhetoric, and Rhetoric Society of America. Dr. McKinley's first book chapter on PCOS is featured in the 2019 co-edited collection Women's Health Advocacy: Rhetorical Ingenuity for the 21st Century.

Education

  • PHD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
  • Feminist Rhetorics
  • Writing Program Administration

Organization

  • English

Office Location

  • College of Arts & Sciences 1 309

Mail Drop

  • CL-AC1

Experience

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Hamden, CT, United States of America

2019 - Present

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Writing Program Administrator

Indiana, PA, United States of America

2016 - 2018

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

English Adjunct Instructor

Indiana, PA, United States of America

2016 - 2018

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

English Graduate Assistant

Indiana, PA, United States of America

2014 - 2016

Northern Kentucky University

English Adjunct Instructor

Highland Heights, KY, United States of America

2011 - 2014

Northern Kentucky University

English Graduate Teaching Associate

Highland Heights, KY, United States of America

2010 - 2011

Chatfield College

English Adjunct Instructor

Cincinnati, OH, United States of America

2009 - 2012

Selected Publications

Beginning with the end in mind: An exploration and application of backward design and scaffolding

McKinley, M.

Quinnipiac University First-Year Writing Workshop. , Hamden, CT, Quinnipiac University (2020)

‘Has anyone else?’: Rhetorical hospitalities in an online Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome health community

McKinley, M

Rhetoric Society of America (2020)

Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome online: myPCOSteam as a feminist, digital commonplace for chronic disease management and health empowerment.

McKinley, M.

Conference on College Composition and Communication (2020)

Here to perform/here to transgress: The Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome body goes to performative work in an online health community

McKinley, M.

2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA (2019)

Embodied experiences, action-based health recommendations: Feminist health activism in an online Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome health community.

McKinley, M.

2019 Feminisms and Rhetoric conference, Harrisonburg, VA (2019)

Women’s health advocacy: Rhetorical ingenuity for the 21st century

J. White-Farnham, B. Siegel Finer, & C. Molloy

Analyzing PCOS discourses: Strategies for unpacking chronic illness and taking action 34-44 (Routledge 2019)

First thing’s first: First day, first week, setting the tone, and establishing class community.

McKinley, M.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Liberal Studies English Graduate Student Orientation, Indiana, PA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2018)

Promoting social justice through service learning.

McKinley, M.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Composition and TESOL Mentoring Program. , Indiana, PA., Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2017)