- 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 writing studio; 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 and speaking across the curriculum through the Eberly College's SpeakWrite initiative.
Her articles on the teaching of writing, writing program administration, and writing theory have appeared in College English, Composition Forum, Computers and Composition, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, The WAC Journal, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, WPA: Writing Program Administration, Writing on the Edge, 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.