Department of English

Colleen Reilly

ProfessorColleen Reilly - Photo by Rory Laverty
Internship Coordinator

Morton Hall 157


Postdoctoral Research Appointment in Professional Writing, Purdue University
Ph.D., English Literature, Purdue University
M.A., English Literature, Purdue University
B.A., English, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

Academic Interests

Dr. Reilly's teaching and research focus on professional writing theory and pedagogy; electronic composition, citation, and publication; computer gaming and literacy; distance learning; and the intersections of genders, sexualities, and technologies.

Courses Taught

ENG 204: Introduction to Professional Writing
ENG 309: Technical Editing
ENG 313: Writing about Science
ENG 314: Writing and Technology
ENG 318: Writing and Activism
ENG 319: Document Design
ENG 496: Senior Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric

Major Publications

  • Reilly, Colleen A., Diana Ashe, and Caroline Clements. "Mentoring Camp: Fostering Support for Intentional Developmental Relationships." Proceedings of the 6th Annual Mentoring Conference: Impact & Effectiveness of Developmental Relationships. Ed. N. Dominguez and Y. Gandert. October 29 - November 1. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2013. 127 - 135. CD ROM.

  • Reilly, Colleen A., and Anthony Atkins. "Rewarding Risk: Designing Aspirational Assessment Processes for Digital Writing Projects." Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. Ed. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and Heidi A. McKee. Logan: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State UP, 2013. Web. <>.

  • Reilly, Colleen A. "Taking Risks and (Re)defining Expertise: Facilitating the Move from Consumption to Production in the Use of Digital Media." CLASH!: Superheroic Yet Sensible Strategies for Teaching Students the New Literacies Despite the Status Quo. Ed. Sandy Vavra and Sharon Spencer. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2011. 193 - 220. Print.

  • Reilly, Colleen A. "Teaching Wikipedia as a Mirrored Technology." First Monday: Peer-reviewed Journal on the Internet 16.1 (2011). Web. <>.

  • Reilly, Colleen A. "ALT: Accessible Web Design or Token Gesture?" From A to <A>: Keywords of Markup. Ed. Bradley Dilger and Jeff Rice. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010. 33 - 48. Print.

  • Ashe, Diana, and Colleen A. Reilly. "Smart Growth of Professional Writing Programs: Controlling Sprawl in Departmental Landscapes." Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing. Ed. David Franke, Alex Reid, and Anthony DiRenzo. Fort Collins: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010. 89 - 111. Print and Web. <>.
  • Atkins, Anthony, and Colleen A. Reilly. "Stifling Innovation: The Impact of Resource-Poor Techno-Ecologies on Student Motivation and Proficiency." Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment. Ed. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Heidi A. McKee, and Richard Selfe. Logan: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State UP, 2009. 1 - 26. Web. <>.

  • Reilly, Colleen A. "Bibliographic Entries and Usability: Teaching Citation of Electronic Sources." Rhetorically Rethinking Usability: Theories, Practices, and Methodologies. Ed. Susan K. Miller-Cochran and Shelley Rodrigo. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton P, 2009. 229 - 251. Print.

  • Reilly, Colleen A., and Douglas Eyman. "Multifaceted Methods for Multimodal Texts: Alternate Approaches to Citation Analysis for Electronic Sources." Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues. Ed. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and Heidi A. McKee. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton P, 2007. 353 - 375. Print.