Mary Fuller

Mary Fuller

Professor Emerita
Former Ohio Writing Project Director
Ohio Board of Regents’ Writing Institute Network Director
Director of MAT Program


Ph.D, English, Florida State University, 1979

M.A.T., English, Appalachian State University, 1974

B.S., English, Appalachian State University, 1973

Teaching Interests

  • Writing theory and practice
  • English education
  • Teacher research

Research Interests

  • Writing program evaluation and administration
  • Gender and authority
  • Responding to student writing
  • Composition and rhetoric
  • Pedagogy
  • Teacher training and research

Selected Publications

  • “Exploring Authority: A Case Study of a Composition and a Professional Writing Classroom,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 16 (2), 201-232, March 2007. With Jean Lutz.
  • Literature: Options for Reading and Writing. First and Second Editions. NY: Harper & Row, 1985 & 1989. With Donald Daiker and Jack Wallace.
  • “Taking Reading/Writing Workshops to New Heights.” National Middle School Journal, Vol 34, No 3, January 2003. (Pp.20-27) With Ruth Pettitt
  • “Constructing Authority: Student Responses and Classroom Discourse.” in Discourse Studies in Composition, eds. Ellen Barton and Gail Stygall. New Jersey: Hampton, 2002. (Pp. 353-375) With Jean Lutz
  • “Teacher Training Abroad: The Ohio Writing Project International,” English Language Arts, Fall, 1998.
  • “Teaching Style in Advanced Composition.” Teaching Advanced Composition, Eds. Katherine Adams and John L. Adams. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann/Boynton Cook, 1991. Pp. 119-132.
  • “A Rose for Emily: Celebrating One Student’s Writing.” English Language Arts Bulletin. (Summer 1991): 20-25. I was first author with Gordon Allen, Donald Daiker, Max Morenberg, and Janet Ziegler.
  • “Evaluation High School Writing: What Are English Teachers Really Looking For?”Writing Program Administration 10 (Fall/Winter 1987): 27-42. With Donald Daiker, Max Morenberg, and Janet Ziegler.
  • “Miami University Freshman Composition Program,” New Methods in College Writing Programs. NY: Modern Language Association, 1986. With Don Daiker
  • “Ohio Writing Project/Miami University,” School-College Collaborative Programs in English. NY: Modern Language Association, 1986. With Max Morenberg
  • Editor, English Language Art Bulletin (ELAB). Volumes 27-33. Fall 1987 - Spring 1990, state-wide journal of Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Readership 3000.

Work in Progress

Dr. Mary Fuller directs the Ohio Writing Project (OWP) and the department’s Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching English. Since 1980, the OWP has trained over 100,000 K-12 teachers across the state. The department’s MAT program has graduated more than 150 teachers since its inception several years ago. Fuller has received grants for over $7 million to support these programs. She currently teaches a capstone for English Education majors, consults with school districts throughout southwest Ohio, and regularly offers classes in the honors first-year writing program. She is currently directing a five-year research project for the National Writing Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Her most recent research includes an article on composition, business writing, and authority, co-authored with Jean Lutz.