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Rick Marlatt

Rick Marlatt
Associate Professor - Interim Director, School of TPAL

Contact Info
(575) 646-1758
O’Donnell Hall Room 302J




Dr. Rick Marlatt serves as Interim Director of the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership and Associate Professor of English Language Arts and Literacy at New Mexico State University. He received New Mexico State University's Leading the Way Award in 2020. Previously, he was nominated for the Patricia Christmore Teaching Award in 2019 and received the College of Education’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2018. Marlatt received his MFA from the University of California, Riverside and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work bridges the fields of teacher education, creative writing, digital literacies, literature study, and sociocultural theory. His recent interests include the cultivation of critical digital pedagogy in secondary English, incorporation of poetry writing into preservice teacher education, and the implementation of video games and virtual reality technology to enhance literature study and literacy identities for adolescents. His most recent work appears in English Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Action in Teacher Education. He is also the author of three poetry collections: November Father, from Finishing Line Press; Desired Altitude, winner of the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Poetry Award, and How We Fall Apart, winner of the Seven Circle Press Poetry Award. He regularly publishes works of literacy research and literary criticism and has also earned film credits for screenwriting and art direction. Dr. Marlatt is a member of several national and international professional organizations including the National Council for Teachers of English, Literacy Research Association, Academy of American Poets, and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. His co-edited book, Esports Research and its Integration in Education, will be published in 2022. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Current Position

Interim Director, School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership
Associate Professor, English Language Arts and Literacy



Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.F.A. University of California, Riverside
M.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney

Scholarly Areas of Interest

As a literacy researcher and educator, I pursue an interdisciplinary program of research through critical, sociocultural perspectives of the intersections of literacy, language, and culture, organized within the following four strands of scholarship: 1) Positioning digital literacies to promote justice-driven opportunities inclusive of sociocultural contexts in preservice and secondary English Language Arts (ELA) education; 2) Investigating the implementation of multicultural, multi-genre literature study to develop critical literacies and empathetic stances among secondary learners; 3) Reimagining K-20 educative spaces through humanities-based approaches that account for participants’ individualities and personalized experiences; and 4) Integrating creative writing practices into teacher education settings to empower preservice teachers toward identity exploration and the cultivation of critical pedagogy.

CV (Updated 7/1/2020)



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