A conversation with Kelly Ritter, author of “With ‘Increased Dignity and Importance’: Re-Historicizing Charles Roberts and the Illinois Decision of 1955” (13:21).
Kelly Ritter is associate dean for curricula and academic policy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and professor of English and writing studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2000 to 2017 she served as a writing program administrator across three university campuses, including UIUC. Her ongoing research on archival histories of writing programs began with her first book, Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920–1960 (2009). Her latest book is Reframing the Subject: Postwar Instructional Film and Class-Conscious Literacies (2015). From 2012 to 2017 she was editor of College English.