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Chanel Rodriguez bio
Chanel Rodriguez

Chanel Rodriguez Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main, Room 439
Email: rcrodriguez@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2607

Professional Profile

Dr. Rodriguez joined the College of Education in 2015. She received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2014.

She completed the Coastal Bend Writing Project’s Summer Institute in 2012 and is a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant.  Since coming to WTAMU, Dr. Rodriguez has established the Route 66 Writing Project, a National Writing Project site that specializes in teachers teaching teachers research-based writing pedagogies.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Rodriguez teaches English Language Arts/Social Studies Methods, Secondary Methods II, and Educational Research.

She is the author and co-author of numerous articles on writing for assessments, intertwining reading and writing, songwriting in the classroom, writing across the curriculum, using technology throughout the writing process, and writing culture in the classroom.  She has presented at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences on these topics.

Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, the American Educational Research Association, the National Writing Project, and the National Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. 

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests include creative writing, writing assessments, writing curriculum, National Writing Project, evolution of writing, local writing project sites, techniques for mastering writing assessments, expressivism in writing, experimental writing, professional development for writing teachers, songwriting, and professional writers’ writing processes.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Rodriguez lives in Amarillo with her husband, Saul, their children, Thiago and Seraphina, and their two dogs and three ducks.  She enjoys writing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, renovating her home, and creating projects from her Pinterest posts.