Diane Kelly-Riley researches issues of assessment and validity using empirical inquiries into local contexts or locally defined assessment tools, and examines dynamics and implications within instructional settings. She has published articles related to writing assessment, writing program administration, faculty development, and the assessment of student learning outcomes for writing and critical thinking. She is editor of the Journal of Writing Assessment
Before coming to the University of Idaho, Diane Kelly-Riley directed the Washington State University Writing Assessment Program and the WSU Writing Program. She is a recipient of several grants, most notably a US Department of Education FIPSE grant to integrate critical thinking abilities throughout an undergraduate general education curriculum at a large, public university. She earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. She lives with her family outside of Potlatch, ID .