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College of Arts and Humanities

Loretta Gray

Department of English

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400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7558
Phone: (509) 963-1540

Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae | Awards & Publications

Loretta Gray, professor of English at Central Washington University, has three degrees related to her interest in applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching ESOL in Mexico, Spain, and the United States; she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University since 1992. Her research interests are in syntax, composition, and discourse analysis. Her past publications include a series of workbooks, Mastering Idiomatic English, and a trade division text, Idiomatic English-all published by McGraw-Hill. Her most recent publications are The Hodges Harbrace Handbook and The Writers Harbrace Handbook.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Boston University, 1993
  • M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College, 1990
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, School for International Training, 1983
  • B.A., English, College of St. Catherine, 1982, summa cum laude

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of English, 1999-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of English, 1996-1999
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, 1992-1996
  • Instructor, School for International Training, 1991-1992
  • Coordinator and Instructor, Putney School, Summers 1991, 1993
  • Instructor, Clemson University, 1987-1989
  • Tutor, Waterville Valley Academy, 1985-1987
  • Instructor, Jacksonville University, Summer 1986
  • Teacher, Edward Devotion School, 1984-1985
  • Instructor, Cushing Academy, Summer 1984
  • Instructor, University Southern California (Madrid), Spring 1984
  • Instructor, Fundacion Ponce de Leon, Fall 1983
  • Instructor, College of St. Catherine, 1982, 1983

Courses Taught at CWU

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Pedagogical Grammar
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Practical Application in Composition
  • Principles and Practices of TESOL
  • Research Colloquium
  • Rhetoric
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Composition
  • English Grammar
  • English Linguistics
  • History of the Language

Interests and Specialties

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Rhetorical Grammar
  • Pedagogical Grammar
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Discourse Analysis
  • TESOL Methodology

Linguistic and Intercultural Experience

  • ACTFL Proficiency Rating Advanced-High, Spanish, 1989
  • Study and home stay in Soria, Spain, Summer 1988
  • Teaching and home stay in Tulancingo, Mexico, Winter 1983
  • ACTFL Proficiency Rating Intermediate-High, German, 1986
  • Study and residency in Salzburg, Austria, Fall 1979
  • Study and home stay in Gauting, Germany, April 1978

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Awards & Honors

New England Book Show Award: College Division, 2007

New England Book Show Award: College Division, 2004

NCTE Affiliate Journal Award: Honorable Mention, 1998

Townsend Press Writing Contest (Lesson Plan): Honorable Mention, 1994

Mellon Graduate Fellowship, Literacies Institute, 1991

Boston University Fellowship, 1989-1991

Juan A. Centeno Scholarship, Middlebury College, 1989

Valedictorian, College of St. Catherine, 1982

Sr. Agnes Keenan Award in English, College of St. Catherine, 1982

Dean’s Prize for Poetry, College of St. Thomas, 1982

Kappa Gamma Pi, College of St. Catherine, 1982

Phi Beta Kappa, College of St. Catherine, 1981

Recent Publications:

Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. The Writer's Harbrace Handbook: Brief Edition. 3 ed. Boston : Wadsworth, 2007.

Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. The Hodges' Harbrace Handbook. 16 ed. Boston : Wadsworth, 2007.

Gray, Loretta. English Verbs. Chicago : McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Gray, Loretta, and Paula Heuser. "Nonacademic Professionals' Perception of Usage Errors." Journal of Basic Writing 22.1 (2003): 50-70.

Gray, Loretta. Idiomatic English . Lincolnwood: National Textbook Company, 2000.

Recent Presentations:

Gray, Loretta. "Formulaic Expressions: Scaffolding for Fluency." Conf. On Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2007.

Gray, Loretta. "Linking Given and New Information: The Passive Voice and Sentence Inversions." Conf. on Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2007.

Johnson, Suzanne, and Loretta Gray. "Distanced Relative Clauses in Academic Prose." ICAME/AAAL Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 2005.

Gray, Loretta. "Time Frames and Text Cohesion." ATEG Conference. Seattle University, Seattle, July 2004.

Gray, Loretta. "Metaphors of Teaching: Exploring Assumptions That Shape Teaching Identities." Conf. on Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2003.

Darwin, Clayton, and Loretta Gray. "A Context-Independent Search Algorithm for Phrasal Verbs. North American Symposium on Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching. Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Mar. 2001.

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