Kelly Allison Ritter

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Personal profile

Research Interests

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


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
  • M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1994
  • B.A., University of Iowa

Personal profile

Professor Ritter is Associate Dean of Curricula and Academic Policy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 


  • English 593: Rhetoric Proseminar
  • English 582: Historiographies of Writing
  • English 583: Writing Program Administration

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Research Output 2000 2018

Canon Fodder? Surveying Our WPA Landmarks

Ianetta, M. & Ritter, K. A., Dec 20 2018, Landmark Essays on Writing Program Administration. Ritter, K. & Ianetta, M. (eds.). CRC Press

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Landmark Essays in Writing Program Administration

Ritter, K. A. (ed.) & Ianetta, M. (ed.), Dec 20 2018, New York: Routledge. 256 p. (Landmark Essays Series)

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A question of mimetics: Graduate-student writing courses and the new “basic”

Ritter, K. A., Mar 2017, Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition. Horner, B., Nordquist, B. & Ryan, S. M. (eds.). Utah State University Press, p. 112-130 19 p.

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Graduate Students
Student Writing

Activities 2009 2018

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 3 Oral presentation

College English (Journal)

Kelly Allison Ritter (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Perspectives on Journal Editing

Kelly Allison Ritter (Invited speaker)
Feb 11 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Disciplinary Assumptions and Institutional Pasts: Speech and Writing at Illinois

Kelly Allison Ritter (Invited speaker), Cara Anne Finnegan (Invited speaker)
Mar 7 2018

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

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