Laura AullDr. Laura Louise Aull

Associate Professor of English and Linguistics

Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, National Academy of Education, 2016-2017

Office: C103 Tribble Hall. Phone: (336) 758-4399. Email:


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

Areas of Interest

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Rhetorical and applied linguistic genre studies
  • Institutional history of English studies
  • First-year writing/ composition
  • Writing program administration and assessment

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

  • ENG 390/690: Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 306/606, LIN 340: Language in American Essays
  • ENG 399/699: Written Language in a Digital Era
  • WRI 210: Advanced Academic Writing
  • WRI 111: Slang to Schoolbooks
  • WRI 111: Making America

Selected Publications

  • “Generality in Student and Expert Epistemic Stance: A Corpus Analysis of First-Year, Upper-Level, and Published Academic Writing.” with Dineth Bandarage and Meredith Miller. Forthcoming in Journal of English for Academic Purposes.
  • “Elaborated Specificity vs. Emphatic Generality: A Corpus-Based Comparison of Higher and Lower Scoring Advanced Placement Exams in English.” with David West Brown. Forthcoming in Research in the Teaching of English.
  • First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 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.
  • Genre Analysis: Considering the Initial Reviews” with John Swales. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 2015.
  • 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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