Rebecca Ingalls, PhD

Director of the First-Year Writing Program; Associate Professor of English

Office: 5043 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.6647


  • BA, English Literature, Cornell University
  • MA, English Literature, Boston College
  • PhD, joint program in English and Education, University of Michigan


I am the Director of the First-Year Writing Program here at Drexel. My scholarship is in composition studies (collaborative writing, plagiarism, research practices, contemplative pedagogy) and cultural rhetoric (religion, food, family, queerness), and it may be found in The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; POROI; Harlot; the Journal of Teaching Writing; the Journal of Popular Culture; and Writing and Pedagogy. I am also co-editor of the new book Critical Conversations about Plagiarism (Parlor Press, 2012). I currently serve as a Special Interest Delegate in Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing for the Modern Language Association.

Personal Interests and Hobbies:

  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Music (guitar and voice)
  • Writing
  • Parenting

A Favorite Quote:
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees,
books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.

I would not change it.
— W. Shakespeare

Favorite Musical Artists, Authors and/or Books
  • Music: Crowded House
  • Books of all kinds
Favorite TV Shows:
  • Friday Night Lights
  • West Wing
  • New Girl
  • Big Bang Theory
One thing that makes me smile is: my children.
A Pet Peeve: the sound of snoring.
One hidden talent is: singing.
One reason I like my job is: working with wise, compassionate people.


Edited Collection:

  • Castner Post, Joanna, Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, and Anne Stockdell-Giesler, eds. Critical Conversations About Plagiarism. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2012. Print. 


Articles and Chapters:
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “The Student as Witness: Cultivating Creativity in the Yogic Body of Research.” Writing and Pedagogy 4.2. (Fall 2012): 169-90. Print.
  • Grettano, Teresa, Rebecca Ingalls, and Tracy Ann Morse. “Negotiating the Culture of an Institution with National Outcomes.” The WPA Outcomes Statement: A Decade Later. Eds. Nicholas Behm, Gregory Glau, and Duane Roen. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2012. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “Stealing the Air: The Poet-Citizens of Youth Spoken-word.” The Journal of Popular Culture. 44.5. (Feb. 2012): 99-117. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “In Defense of the Unmother: Rhetoric, Motherhood, and Social Networking.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. 6 (Spring 2011). Web.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “The Trilemma Revised: Harry Potter and a Landscape of Moral Uncertainty.” POROI: Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry 7.1 (2011). Web.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “Writing ‘Eyeball to Eyeball’: Building a Successful Collaboration.” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. Eds. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2011: 122-140. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca, and Tracy Ann Morse. “The Making of a Great Idea: Cultivating Seeds of Change in the First-Year Writing Classroom.” Journal of Teaching Writing. 25.2 (2010): 119-141. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “(Still) Calling Out from the Closet? The Rhetoric of Visibility in Queer TV and Film.” Agency in the Margins: Stories of Outsider Rhetoric. Ed. Anne Stockdell-Giesler. Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca, and Anne Stockdell-Giesler. “Vision and Revision: Rewriting the Rhetoric of Mothering in the Academy.” Academe 93.4 (July-August 2007): 38-40. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “Us Vs. Them: Performing Youth Identity Through Spoken-Word.” Canadian Theatre Review 130 (2007): 89-93. Print.
  • Ingalls, Rebecca. “Unmasking the Brilliant Disguise: Smallness, Authority and the Irony of a Teacher’s Body.” Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 28.3/4 (2006): 239-252. Print.
  • Castner, Joanna, Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, and Anne Stockdell-Giesler. “(Mis)Trusting Technology That Polices Integrity: A Critical Assessment of” inventio. George Mason University 1.8 (Spring 2007) . Web.
  • Moje, Elizabeth B., and Rebecca Ingalls. “Revisiting Just Girls: Questions for the Twenty-First Century.” Rev. of Just Girls: Hidden Literacies and Life in Junior High by Margaret Finders. Belles Lettres (Nov./Dec. 2003): 13-15. Print.