Associate Professor

Kristi Costello

5047 Batten Arts & Letters
Norfolk, 23529

Kristi Murray Costello, Ph.D. is the Associate Chair of Writing Studies and General Education and an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies at Old Dominion University. She has a PhD in Rhetoric and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Dr. Costello currently serves as the Four-Year College Chair of Writing Across Virginia, a Council of Writing Program Administrators affiliate organization.

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grippo, A. and Costello, K. M. "Writing to Read in STEM. " $300,000. Federal. May 2017 -


Written Expression
rhetoric, composition, WAC/WID, Writing Program Administration, Writing Centers, Teacher Preparation
Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction
Disciplinary Writing
WAC/WID, STEM writing, Writing for Humanties, Professional Writing, Academic Writing
Teacher Education and Professional Development
GTA and Post-Secondary teacher prep

Research Interests

Dr. Costello is an editor of the forthcoming Utah State University Press collection, The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration, co-edited alongside Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Kate Navickas. She has published articles and reviews in Composition Forum, The Peer Review, Kairos, Women in Higher Education, and the WPA journal, among others. She has served as an Associate Editor on two editions of Parlor Press’ Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition and has chapters in several edited collections, including Christian Weisser, Michelle Ballif, Anis Bawarshi, Mary Jo Reiff’s Ecologies of Writing Programs: Profiles of Writing Programs in Context and Tricia Serviss and Sandra Jamieson’s Points of Departure: Rethinking Student Source Use and Writing Studies Research Methods.


(2018). “From Combat Zones to Contact Zones: The Value of Listening in Writing Center Administration.”. The Peer Review.

Book Chapters

“Recognizing, Understanding, and Mitigating G.A. Writing Center Consultants’ Emotional Labor.” Wellness And Self-Care Collection WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.
Navickas, K. and Costello, K. Murray. “Naming What We Feel: Self-Dialogue as a Strategy for Negotiating Emotional Labor in WPA Work.” Making Administrative Work Visible: Data-Driven Approaches to Understanding the Labor of Writing Program Administration. Utah University Press.
(2018). “In Their Own Words: Student Responses Illuminate Dissatisfaction and Differences Regarding FYW Research.” Points of Departure: Rethinking Student Source Use and Writing Studies Research Methods Utah University Press.
Costello, K. Murray . and Shovlin, P. (2015). “A New Generation: Adapting Writing Courses to Meet the Needs of Generation 1.5 Learners.” Teaching U.S.-Educated Multilingual Writers: Practices from and for the Classroom. University of Michigan Press.
Kinney, K. and Costello, K. Murray. (2015). “Back to the Future, the Sequel: Five Years of First-Year Writing at Binghamton University.” Ecologies of Writing Programs: Profiles of Writing Programs in Context. Parlor Press.