Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Diane Kelly-Riley

Diane Kelly-Riley

Office: Brink Hall 204
Phone: (208) 885-5704
Email: dianek@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of English - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
Assistant Professor, Director of Writing

Campus Locations: Brink 204
With UI Since 2013

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • writing assessment theory and practice
    • validity theory
    • learning outcomes
    • race and writing assessment
    • writing program administration
  • Biography
    Diane Kelly-Riley has published articles related to writing assessment, writing program administration, faculty development, assessment of student learning outcomes for writing and critical thinking.  She co-edits the Journal of Writing Assessment with Peggy O'Neill of Loyola University Maryland.  

    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 familyoutside of Potlatch, ID .
  • Selected Publications

     “Getting off the boat and onto the bank:  Exploring the validity of shared evaluation methods for students of color in college writing assessment” (2012) Race and Racism in Writing Assessment, edited Mya Poe and Asao Inoue, New York: Peter Lang.

     “Setting sail with Ed White:  The possibilities of assessment and instruction in college writing assessment.”  (2012) In Elliot, N. and Perelman, L. (Eds). Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White.  Hampton Press.  New York, NY.

    “Assessing rhetorically:  Evidence of student progress in small group writing tutorials” (2011) with Anne Ernest and Patrick Johnson.  
    Learning assistance review. Vol 16.2.

    “Validity Inquiry of Race and Shared Evaluation Practices in a Large-Scale University-wide Writing Portfolio Assessment,” 
    Journal of Writing Assessment, (2011).

     “Washington State University Critical Thinking Project:  Improving Student Learning Outcomes through Faculty Practice.”  (2007) In Banta, T. W. (ed.) Assessing Student Achievement in General Education.  San Francisco:  Jossey Bass, 35-43.

     “Assessing and Teaching What We Value:  The Relationship (?) Between College-Level Critical Thinking and Writing Abilities.”  (2004)Assessing Writing 9, 56-75 with Bill Condon.

    • Awards and Honors


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