Dr. Laura Louise Aull

Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics

Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, National Academy of Education 2016-2017


Office: C103 Tribble Hall Phone: (336) 758-4399 Email: aulll@wfu.edu


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Notre Dame
  • MEd, University of Notre Dame
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Combined linguistic and rhetorical approaches to contemporary discourse
  • Institutional history of English studies
  • First-year writing
  • Writing program administration and assessment
  • Discourse and development of English textbooks

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

  • ENG 306/606, LIN 340: Language in American Essays
  • ENG 390/690: Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 399/699: Written Language in a Digital Era
  • WRI 111: Slang to Schoolbooks
  • WRI 111: Making America


  • First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.
  • “Elaborated Specificity vs. Emphatic Generality: A Corpus-Based Comparison of Higher and Lower Scoring Advanced Placement Exams in English.” with David Brown. Forthcoming in Research in the Teaching of English.
  • Genre Analysis: Considering the Initial Reviews” with John Swales. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 2015.
  • “Connecting writing and language in assessment: Examining style, tone, and argument in the US Common Core standards and in exemplary student writing. Assessing Writing, 24, 59-73. 2015.
  • “Linguistic Attention in Rhetorical Genre Studies and First-Year Writing.” Composition Forum 31, Spring 2015.
  • “Linguistic markers of stance in incoming university writing.” with Zak Lancaster. Written Communication. 1 (33). 2014.
  • “Directed self-placement questionnaire design: Practices, problems, possibilities.” with Christie Toth. Assessing Writing, Issue 20. April 2014. 1-18.
  • “Local Assessment: Using Genre Analysis to Validate Directed Self-Placement.” with Anne Ruggles Gere, Zak Lancaster, Moises Perales-Escudero, and Elizabeth Vander Lei. College Composition and Communication. 64.4. June 2013.
  • “Students creating canons.” Pedagogy. 12.3. Spring 2013.
  • “Fighting words: A corpus analysis of gender representations in sports reportage.” with David West Brown. Corpora. 8.1. 2013.
  • “Assessing the Validity of Directed Self Placement at a Large University.” with Anne Ruggles Gere, Tim Green, Anne Porter. Assessing Writing. 3.15 2010.

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