Dr. Shelley Staples joins Purdue as Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies/ESL. She graduated with a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University in May 2014. Her research utilizes corpora (large databases of texts) to answer questions of relevance for Second Language Studies, particularly related to sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and English for Specific Purposes. Her work is also interdisciplinary in nature: her dissertation focused on a corpus-linguistic investigation of patients’ interactions with U.S. and international nurses with the goal of using this research to inform the training of international nurses. Before her time at NAU, she worked as a faculty member for the Center for American English Language and Culture at University of Virginia, where she developed and taught courses in English for Academic and Specific Purposes and trained teachers, particularly in the instruction of second language pronunciation and writing. Her work has been published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes Journal.