Professor of English
Eberly Family Professor of Outstanding Teaching
Director, Center for Writing Excellence
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office: 233 Colson Hall
Composition and Rhetorical Theory
Writing Program Administration
Laura Brady directs the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) within the Department of English. The CWE oversees writing programs that serve some 8,000 undergraduate students a year, provides leadership for curriculum and program design, maintains and strengthens faculty development, and pursues support for undergraduate writing activities. Brady and her CWE colleagues have worked together to establish a tutoring center; create an MA in Professional Writing and Editing (the first in the state); develop curriculum to support a Ph.D. emphasis in rhetoric and composition; initiate distance writing courses for non-traditional students; and collaborate with K-16 teachers to promote writing through the National Writing Project at WVU. New work focuses on writing-across-the- curriculum (WAC) initiatives.
Her articles on the teaching of writing, writing program administration, and writing theory have appeared in College English, Composition Forum, Computers and Composition, Writing on the Edge, WPA: Writing Program Administration, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and in several edited collections.
She holds an Eberly Professorship for Outstanding Teaching. In 2004-2005, she was named CASE Professor of the Year for West Virginia by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 she received the first Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing—an award made possible by former WV Governor Gaston Caperton.
- “Evolutionary Metaphors for Understanding WAC/WID.” The WAC Journal 24 (November 2013).
- (with Nathalie Singh-Corcoran). “Non-Tenure-Track Faculty as Administrators:
Planning and Evaluation.” [Special Joint Issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin dedicated to “Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in the Modern Languages.”] ADE/ADFL Bulletin, forthcoming 2013.
- (with Nathalie Singh-Corcoran, Jo Ann Dadisman, and Kelly Diamond). “A Collaborative Approach to Information Literacy: First-year Composition, Writing Center, and Library Partnerships at West Virginia University.” Composition Forum 19 (2009). Reprinted in Ecologies of Writing Programs: Profiles of Writing Programs in Context (eds. Mary Jo Reiff, Anis Bawarshi, Michelle Ballif, and Christian Weisser). Parlor Press, forthcoming 2014.
- Arnold, Lisa, Laura Brady, Maggie Christensen, Joanne Baird Giordano, Holly Hassel, Ed Nagelhout, Nathalie Singh-Corcoran, and Julie Staggers. “Forum: The Profession.” [Special Issue on Contingent Faculty.] College English 73.4 (March 2011): 409-27.
- “Retelling the Composition-Literature Story.” College English 71.1 (2008): 70-81.
- “A Greenhouse for Writing Program Change.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 29.3 (Spring 2006): 27-43.
- “A Case for Writing Program Evaluation.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 28.1/2 (Fall 2004): 79-93.
- “Distance Education and the First-Year Writing Curriculum.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 26.3 (Spring 2003): 132-48.
- “Fault Lines in the Terrain of Distance Education.” Computers and Composition 18 (December 2001): 347-58.
- “La Huesera: Articulating the Skeletons of Stories and Essays.” Questioning Authority: Stories Told in School. Ed. Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington. U of Michigan P, 2001. 97-114.
- “The Reproduction of Othering.” Feminism and Composition: In Other Words. Eds. Susan Jarratt and Lynn Worsham. New York: MLA, 1998. 21-44.