Kelly Ritter

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3119
Office Phone: 336-334-4689
At UNCG Since: 2008


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago-1997
M.F.A. University of Iowa-1994
B.A. University of Iowa-1991

Research Interests

Dr. Ritter’s interests include the history of composition as a discipline, basic writing studies, theory and practice of writing programs, and creative writing pedagogical theory and practice in graduate programs/graduate teacher training.

Selected Publications

  • Ritter, Kelly. Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
  • Ritter, Kelly and Paul Kei Matsuda, Eds. Exploring Composition Studies: Sites, Issues, Perspectives. Logan, UT: Utah University Press, 2012.
  • Who Owns School: Authority, Students, and Online Discourse. Cresskill: Hampton P, 2010.
  • Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University P, 2009.
  • “Before Mina Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale, 1920-1960.” College Composition and Communication 60.1 (2008): 12-45.
  • “Yours, Mine, and Ours: Triangulating Plagiarism, Forgery, and Identity.” JAC 27.3/4 (2008): 731-43.
  • “E-Valuating Learners: Rate My Professors and Public Rhetorics of Pedagogy.” Rhetoric Review 27.3 (2008): 259-80.
  • Co-editor with Stephanie Vanderslice. Can it Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 2007.
  • “OPINION: Ethos Interrupted: Diffusing “Star” Pedagogy in Creative Writing Programs.” College English 69.3 (2007): 283-92.
  • “Buying In, Selling Short: A Pedagogy against the Rhetoric of Online Paper Mills.” Pedagogy 6.1 (2006): 25-52.
  • “Extra-Institutional Authority and the Public Value of the WPA.” Writing Program Administration 29.3 (2006): 45-64.
  • “The Economics of Authorship: Online Paper Mills, Student Writers, and First Year Composition.” College Composition and Communication 56.4 (2005): 601-31.
  • “English 200: Intermediate Composition.” Composition Studies 33.2 (2005): 89-112.

Awards and Honors

  • Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960 received Honorable Mention for the Council of Writing Program Administrators 2010 Best Book Award.


Facebook Twitter
Connect with us!