Texas Tech University

Rebecca Rickly

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Ph.D. Ball State University
Office: 489

At the center of Rebecca (Becky) Rickly's work is what she calls "applied rhetoric," which includes such diverse applications as technologies, pedagogies, feminisms, methods and methodologies, and administration. She teaches graduate courses in research methods, writing for publication, WPA, and rhetoric/rhetorical analysis, as well as undergraduate courses in advanced writing and style. Currently, her research includes gathering stories from people who stayed with partners who've transitioned to a different gender, using Indigenous and Feminist methods centering on respect and reciprocity. In her spare time, she rides/takes care of the most wonderful horse in the world.

Rebecca has a BS and MA from The Ohio State University, as well as a Ph.D. from Ball State University. She is a member of the CCCC Research Committee, the Executive Board for the Research Network Forum, and chaired the re-organization of First-Year Composition at Texas Tech.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • "Failing Forward: Training Graduate Students for Research." Introduction to Special Issue on Graduate Preparation for Research, with Kelli Cargile Cook, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Volume 47, Issue 2 (April, 2017). Pp. 119-29.
  • "After Words: Postmethodological Musings." Invited final chapter, Writing Studies Research in Practice. Lee Nickoson-Massy and Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau, editors. SIU Press. (2012). Pp. 261-8.
  • "Making Sense of Making Knowledge." Review essay in College Composition and Communication 64:1. (September, 2012). Pp. 224-37
  • "Rhetoric and Technology/Technical Writing." Compiled Resources for the 21st Century chapter of Contemporary State of Scholarship in Historical and Contemporary Rhetoric. Winifred Horner, Ed. U of MO Press. (2010).
  • "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.