Shelley Staples

Associate Professor

Associate Director, Writing Program

Shelley Staples (PhD in Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University, 2014) teaches courses in the undergraduate English program, MA in ESL program, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching PhD program. Her research focuses on the use of corpus-based discourse analysis (qualitative and quantitative computational text analysis) to investigate language use across spoken and written contexts. The purpose of her research is to understand how linguistic variation is related to situational factors and speaker characteristics, including register, first language, cultural background, and proficiency levels of second language speakers. In addition, her research aims to inform language teaching and assessment, particularly in the areas of English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP), which focus on teaching and learning in specific contexts. Her current projects focus on academic writing and health care communication.

Her publications include a 2015 monograph with John Benjamins, The discourse of nurse-patient interactions: Contrasting the communicative styles of U.S. and international nurses, and a forthcoming edited volume with Palgrave titled Talking at work: Corpus-based explorations of workplace discourse. Her journal articles can be found in such publications as Applied Linguistics, Journal of Second Language Writing, English for Specific Purposes, and English for Academic Purposes. She is currently collaborating with faculty and graduate students at Purdue University and University of Arizona to build a Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow) from first-year composition courses.