Rick Cypert, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Education
Office location

Old Main 117

Office hours

By appointment

cypert [at] NebrWesleyan.edu

Began teaching at NWU in 1987. Previously taught high school English in Texas.


B.S. (English Education) McMurry College, 1981
M.A. (English) Iowa State University, 1983
Ph.D. (English) Texas Christian University, 1987

Courses taught

Introduction to Ancient Rhetoric
Greek Drama
Methods of Teaching English
Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools
Young Adult Literature

Research and academic interests

Literacy practices in the digital age; connections between the development of classical Greek rhetoric and classical Greek theater; biographies of twentieth century mystery and suspense writers.


Cypert R, Petro M. Prosody instruction intervention as a means to improved reading comprehension. Applied Cognitive Psychology 2019; 33:1305–1311. https://doi.org/10.1002/ acp.3593

Night Call and Other Short Stories by Charlotte Armstrong. Edited by Rick Cypert and Kirby McCauley. Crippen & Landru Publishers, 2014.

The Virtue of Suspense: The Life and Works of Charlotte Armstrong. Susquehanna University Press, 2008.

Dead Yesterday and other Mysteries by Mignon Good Eberhart. Crippen & Landru Publishers, 2007. Edited collection with Kirby McCauley.

America’s Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works. Susquehanna University Press, 2005.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
National Council of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Greek Studies Association