Texas Tech University

Rebecca Rickly

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Ph.D. Ball State University
Office: 489

Dr. Rickly's research interests include gender and communication, online and oral discourse analysis, methods and methodology, theories of rhetoric(s), and literacy issues.

Editorial Boards


  • "The Importance of Harmony: An Ecological Metaphor for Writing Research." Article, with Kristie Fleckenstein, Clay Spinuzzi, and Carole Clark Papper, College Composition and Communication 60:2 (December, 2008): 338-4119.
  • "Messy Contexts: Research as a Rhetorical Situation." Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues. Eds. Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Heidi A. McKee. Hampton Press, 2007. 377-397.
  • "Distributed Learning, Distributed Teaching: Integrating Technology and Objective Assessment into First Year Composition." Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon. Ed. Kathleen Blake Yancey. Boynton/Cook, 2006. 194-212.
  • "Mind the Gap(s): Distance Education as Cognitive Space." Co-authored with Locke Carter. Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers. Ed. Kelli Cargile-Cook and Keith Grant-Davie. Baywood Press, 2005. 123-39.
  • "The Future of Computers and Writing: A Multi-Vocal Textumentary." Co-authored with Nick Carbone, Michael Day, Joel English, Trish Harris, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Ted Nellen, Mike Palmquist, Rich Rice, Steven D. Krause, and Bill Hart-Davidson. Computers and Composition. 21. 1 (2004): 147-60.
  • "Computer-Mediated Communication as Reflective Rhetoric-in-Action: Dialogic Interaction, Technology, and Cross-Curricular Thinking." Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities: Issues and Options. Ed. James A Inman, Cheryl Reed, and Peter Sands. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 35-48.
  • "Making Rhetoric Viable/Making Rhetoric Visible In First Year Writing Courses." What Makes Writing Good in the Late Age of Print. Ed. By Jeff Galin, J. Paul Johnson, and Carol Haviland. Hampton Press, 2003. 99-110.
  • "Feminist Approaches to Mentoring Graduate Students: Conflict, Power, and Collaboration." Co-authored with Susanmarie Harrington. Preparing College Teachers of Writing. Ed. Betty Pytlik and Sarah Liggett. Oxford UP, 2002. 108-20.
  • "Writing Centers and WAC." Invited online forum participant. Academic.Writing (2002). Available online at:
  • "Technology, Institutional Assessment, and Big Brother." WPA Newsletter 2. 2 (Spring, 2001): 8-11. Available online at:
  • “The Tenure of the Oppressed: Ambivalent Reflections from a Critical Optimist." Computers and Composition 17. 1 (2000): 19-30.
  • "The Near and Distant Futures of OWL and the Writing Center." Co-authored with Barbara Monroe, Bill Condon, and Wayne Butler. Taking Flight with OWLs: Examining Electronic Writing Center Work. Ed. James A. Inman and Donna Sewell. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. 211-222.
  • "The Gender Gap in Computers and Composition Research: Must Boys Be Boys?" Computers and Composition 16.1 (1999): 121-40.
  • "Promotion, Tenure, and Technology: Do We Get What We Deserve?" Electronic Networks: Crossing Boundaries/Creating Communities. Ed. Tharon Howard, Chris Benson, Dixie Goswami, Rocky Gooch. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann-Boynton Cook, 1999. 225-38.
  • "Reflection and Responsibility in (Cyber)Tutor Training: Seeing Ourselves Clearly On and Off the Screen." Wiring the Writing Center. Ed. Eric H. Hobson. Salt Lake: Utah State UP, 1998. 44-61. ***Winner of the NWCA 1999 Scholarship Award***
  • "The Way We Will Have Become: Future (Histories) of Computers and Writing." Coverweb, Co-authored with Dene Grigar and John Barber. Kairos 3.2 (1998).
    http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/3.2/coverweb/bridge.html .
  • "Creating a Virtual Academic Community: Scholarship and Community in Wide Area Multiple-User Synchronous Discussions." Co-authored with Michael Day and Eric Crump. Computer Networking and Scholarship in the 21st Century University. NY: SUNY Press, 1996. 291-311.
  • "What Matters Who Writes? What Matters Who Responds?" Co-authored with Andrea Lunsford, Michael Salvo, and Susan West. Kairos 1.1 (1996).
    http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/1.1/tocnf.html .
  • "Our Colleagues Interact on a MOO." Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education, 1974-1994: A History. Ed. Gail E. Hawisher, Paul LeBlanc, Charles Moran, and Cynthia L. Selfe. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1996. 287-304.
  • "Locating the Writing Center in the Aviary." The ACE Newsletter 9.4 (Winter 1995-96): 22-4.
  • "Online Tutor Training: Examining the Role of Synchronous Conferencing in Establishing a Professional Community." Co-authored with Cynthia Johanek. Computers and Composition 12. 2 (1995): 237-46.
  • "It's Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How! Or, How Cavorting on the Net Will Save the Academy." Co-authored with Eric Crump et al. Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine 2.1 (January, 1995).
  • "Computers and Writing: Seeing the Future by Knowing out Past." Produced live teleconference broadcast, sponsored by the Houghton Mifflin Company, June 2, 1994.
  • "Using InterChange* as a Bridge to the Internet." Wings 2.1 (1993).


  • "Review of New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways for Writing About and In Electronic Environments. Ed. John Barber and Dene Grigar. Hampton Press, 2001." With Susan Lang, Diane Davis, and Geoff Sirc. Kairos 6.2 (2001)
  • "Review of Electric Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric, Oralism, and a New Literacy by Kathleen E. Welch. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999." Journal of Business and Technical Communication 15. 1 (Jan. 2001): 119-21.

Editorial boards

  • Editorial Board, Computers and Composition, 1998-present.
  • Editorial Board, Kairos: A Journal for Teachers in Webbed Writing Environments 1996-present.
  • Editorial Board, Online Writing Center Consortium. 2000-present.
  • Executive Committee, Research Network Forum. 2001-present.
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2003-present.
  • Award Committee, 7C's Technology Innovator Award, 2001.
  • Award Committee, Kairos/Lore Computers and Writing Awards for TAs and Adjuncts
  • Program Reviewer, Computers and Writing Conference, 1994; 2000; 2001.
  • Program Reviewer, NCTE, College Section. 2001.
  • Program Reviewer, CCTE, 1999.
  • Chair, Instructional Technology Committee (ITC) (three year appointment), 1996-2000.
  • Seven C's (CCCCCCC), Executive Committee, 1995-2000. Ex-Officio member, 2000-present.
  • Instructional Technology Committee (ITC), 1994-present.
  • Chair, ITC subcommittee on Tenure, Hiring, and Working Conditions, 1994-1996.
  • Alliance for Computers in Writing (ACW), 1993-present.
  • Assembly for Computers in English (ACE), Executive Committee, 1992-2000. Ex-Officio member, 2000-present.
  • College Composition and Communication (CCC), 1983-present.
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 1983-present.
  • Modern Language Associate (MLA), 1993-1995.
  • Indiana Teachers of Writing (ITW), 1989-1994.
  • Contributing Bibliographer to the CCC (formerly Longman) Bibliography of Composition and Rhetoric, 1986-1991.



  • CPTSC grant with Gregory Zobel
  • Keynote Speaker at the CCCC Research Network Forum, 2001 and 2009
  • Keynote Speaker at CCCC Qualitative Research Network, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker at the first International Writing Center Conference in Athens, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker at Practical Criticism Midwest conference, 2006
  • TLTC Faculty grant, 2002
  • Dissertation nominated for dissertation abstracts dissertation of the year, 1995


  • Teaching Academy, Member
  • TEACH Mentor for Karen Keck and William Carney, 2001 and 2003


  • Consultant for BEAMS, 2005-7