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Kelly Ritter

RitterKelly Ritter is Associate Dean of LAS and Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997.

M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1994.

B.A., University of Iowa, 1991.

Research Interests

Archival Studies and Historiography; Writing Program Administration; Composition Theory; Pedagogical Theory; Digital Rhetorics and Online Discourse.

Selected Publications


Ritter, Kelly and Ianetta, Melissa. Landmark Essays in Writing Program Administration. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Ritter, Kelly. Reframing the Subject: Postwar Instructional Film and Class-Conscious Literacies. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.

Ritter, Kelly. To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.

Ritter, Kelly, and Paul Kei Matsuda. Exploring Composition Studies: Sites, Issues, Perspectives. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012.

Ritter, Kelly. Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010.

Ritter, Kelly. Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale, IL: SIU Press/Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, 2009.

Ritter, Kelly, and Stephanie Vanderslice. Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy. Portsmouth, NH: Boyton/Cook, 2007.

Journal Articles

“Making (Collective) Memory Public: WPA Histories in Dialogue.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 41.2 (2018): 35-64.

“With ‘Increased Dignity and Importance’: Re-Historicizing Charles Roberts and the Illinois Decision of 1955.” College Composition and Communication 69.3 (2018): 458-93.

Textual Collaborations: Preparing Two-Year College English Faculty” (with Holly Hassell). October 2017.

"A Genuine Complementary Relationship: Linda Bergmann and the Comp-Lit Divide” (with Rita Malenczyk and Lauren Fitzgerald). WPA: Writing Program Administration 39.1 (2015). 13-30.

“Archival Research in Composition Studies: Re-Imagining the Historian’s Role.” Rhetoric Review 31.4 (2012): 461-478. *Reprinted in Landmark Essays in Archival Research. Lynee´ Lewis Gaillet, Helen Diana Eidson, and Don Gammill Jr., Eds. New York: Routledge, 2016. 280-294.


English 582: Historiographies of Writing

English 583: Writing Program Administration

English 593: Rhetoric Proseminar