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Shakil Rabbi

Shakil Rabbi, Assistant Professor

Shakil Rabbi, Assistant Professor
Shakil Rabbi, Assistant Professor

Department of  English
447 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street, NW, English Department, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-8450 | srabbi@vt.edu

Shakil Rabbi (PhD) is an assistant professor in the Department of English and has taught courses in writing and rhetoric since 2011. He joined the department in May 2021. Shakil holds a PhD from Penn State and studies how writing helps people think and adapt to given roles in academic and professional contexts, as well how literacies developed in multilingual societies. He has previously taught in primary school and university contexts in Southeast Asia (Thailand) and South Asia (Bangladesh—where he is from).

  • Academic socialization
  • Rhetorical genre studies
  • Translingualism and plurilingualism
  • Language ideology and literacy practices
  • Writing program and writing centers
  • PhD in English, Rhetoric and Composition, The Pennsylvania State University,  2017
  • MA English, Rhetoric and Composition,  The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • MA English, Literature, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009
  • BA English, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, 2007
  • Elected Representative of the Language and Society Forum of the Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association (2021-2024)
  • Member, Council of Writing Program Administration (2018-Present)
  • Peer Reviewer for Utah/Colorado State University Press (2018-Present)
  • Peer Reviewer for Humanities and Technology (2018-Present)
  • Peer Reviewer for National Council for Teachers of English (2017-Present)
  • Member, Modern Languages Association (2016- Present)
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English and Modern Language Association (2013-Present)
  • Bowie State University Presidential Teaching Award, 2021
  • Bowie State University Presidential Teaching Award, 2020
  • Penn State Center for Global Studies Fellow Award, 2016
  • International Writing Center Association President’s Future Leader Scholarship Award, 2015

Journal Articles

Rabbi, S. (2021). “Uptake in the Academic Genres: Case Study of Negotiating Feedback and Translingual Writing in Political Science.” Journal of Response to Writing, 7 (2). 

Rabbi, S. (2020). Mapping Rhetorical Knowledge in Advanced Academic Writers: The Affordances of a Transactional Framework to Disciplinary Communication. Across the Disciplines, 17(3/4), 69-91.

Rabbi, S. & Canagarajah, A.S. (2017). “Socialization in the Neoliberal Academy of STEM Scholars: A Case Study of Negotiating Dispositions in an International Graduate Student in Entomology.” Humanities 6, 39. Guest edited by Dr. Ronald Strickland.

Book Chapters

Rabbi, S. (Under Review). “The Sociolinguistics of South Asian Cosmopolitan Literature: The Dubhasa (Mixed Language Modes) of the Puthi Tradition in Muslim Bengal.” In J. Lee  (Ed.) The Sociolinguistics of Global Asias. New York: Routledge.

Rabbi, S. & Canagarajah, A. S. (2021) “Cosmopolitanism and Plurilingual Traditions: Learning from South Asian and Southern African Practice.” In E. Piccardo, A. Germain-Rutherford, and G. Lawrence (Eds.) Routledge Handbook on Plurilingual Language Education. New York: Routledge. 

Alvarez, S. P., Canagarajah, S, Lee, E., Won Lee, J., & Rabbi, S. (2017). “Translingual Practices, Ethnic Identities, and Voice in Writing.” In B. Horner & L Tetreault (Eds.) Crossing Divides: Exploring Translingual Pedagogies and Programs (pp. 31-50.) Salt Lake City: Utah State University Press.  (Collection) Winner : Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, Modern Language Association.

  • University System of Maryland Open Source Textbook Mini-Grant,  2019
  • Bowie State University Academic Transformation Grant,   2018
  • “The Value of Textual Analysis for Language Research: Analyzing Plurilingual Literacy Practices in Colonial Societies.” Invited Lecture in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 
  • “Anti-Racist Pedagogies for Composition.” Invited Lecture in Graduate Student Orientation for the Pennsylvania State University Department of English. 
  • “Rhet-Com in the Context Bangladesh: Teaching of Writing and Literacies in US Institutions.” Invited Lecture in Summer 2020 for Faculty and Students at ULAB, Bangladesh. 
  • “Bengal and Bangladesh: A Sociolinguistic History of Politics and Culture.” Invited Lecture in Spring 2020 for Interdisciplinary Introduction to Asian Studies, Carthage College, WS. 
  • “Using Blackboard Resources for Online Teaching.” Ad-hoc Workshops for Spring 2020, Bowie State. 
  • “Using OERs for General Education Classrooms.” Faculty Institute Workshop for Fall 2019, Bowie State University.
  • “Habits of Mind for Racing to Excellence.” Keynote for Faculty Institute for Fall 2018, Bowie State University.

Virginia Tech

  • At Virginia Polytechnic and State University 
  • ENGL 1105: First Year Writing I
  • ENGL 5004: Theory and Practice of University Writing Instruction
Boise State University
  • ENGL 101: Expository Writing
  • ENGL 101: Expository Writing for Honors
  • ENGL 102: Argumentation and Research
  • ENGL 434: Senior Seminar
  • ENGL 502: Methods and Humanities Computing
  • ENGL 601: Rhetorical Theories and Practices
  • ENGL 760: Advanced Composition

The Pennsylvania State University

  • ENGL 15: Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 430: World English in Writing and Education