Cynthia Ris

Contact Information

Name  Cynthia Ris
Position Educator Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 50C  
Phone (513) 556-6667
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069


Cynthia Ris

Cynthia Ris, Educator Professor


School Degree
Texas A&M University B.A. English
University of Michigan Law School J.D.
University of Cincinnati M.A. English)
University of Cincinnati Ph.D. English


Professional Summary

Cynthia Nitz Ris, Professor Educator in the Department of English and Comparative Language, teaches primarily in the field of composition. Her scholarship and coursework are in the areas of first-year experience, online education, legal rhetoric, and the rhetoric of civil discourse. Service interests focus on promotion of shared governance through work on the University Faculty Senate and the UC AAUP Chapter, and on eLearning through work on unit and university-level IT-related committees. Her composition reader, Law and Order, provides insight into the breadth and complexity of law and the usefulness of studying its rhetorical complexity; readings include law-related and legal texts including a closing argument in the murder trial of Medgar Evers, legal briefs on federal case considering music piracy, and Supreme Court oral arguments on free speech in educational settings. Conference presentations include best practices in online teaching and the use of legal issues and popular culture in composition pedagogy to foster understanding and analysis of complex civic issues.



Ris, Cynthia Nitz. “Who is Watching the Sheriff?: When ‘Honesty and Integrity’ Are Called Into Question.” Chapter in The World of Walt Longmire. Ed. Rachel Schaffer and John Scaggs. McFarland. Anticipated publication date: December 2017.

Malek, Joyce, Cynthia Ris, Catherine O’Shea, and Christina LaVecchia, Eds. Student Guide to English Composition, 1001, 2012-2014. Hayden McNeil, 2012

Ris, Cynthia. Law and Order, A Longman Topics Reader. Longman/Pearson Publishers. Oct. 2012

Beckelhimer, Lisa, Michele Griegel-McCord, and Cynthia Nitz Ris. “From Memoirs to Museums: Enhancing Rhetorical Awareness through Public Texts.” Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 49.2 (2009): 14-22

Lindgren, Margaret and Cynthia Ris, Eds. University of Cincinnati A+S English Composition: Student Guide, English 102. McGraw-Hill, 2001

Academic—University & Local

Task Force Summary and Report on Best Practices in Distance Delivered and Hybrid Courses. Published by the UC Faculty Senate for review by the UC Community. A primary author, with the Faculty Senate Task Force Committee. Spring, 2015. dam/uc/facultysenate/Docs/GovernanceTaskForceReportCompleteFeb16.pdf

“PUSH for Career and College Readiness,” Booklets for Grades 8-12. Six-member collaborative authorship, subcommittee of Building Bridges Consortia, Race to the Top Project. Published for area high schools under a grant from Ohio’s Department of Education. May 2014

Griegel-McCord, Michele, Cynthia Nitz Ris, and Lisa Beckelhimer. “Online Writing Instruction Report and Recommendations.” University of Cincinnati AAUP, “Advisories & Reviews: Online Writing Instruction White Paper,” AAUP:UC, 2013. letters-reviews/