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Karen Nulton, PhD

Karen S. Nulton, PhD

Director, Writing Assessment
Teaching Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • PhD, American Literature, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, 1992
  • MA, English Literature and Composition, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, 1988
  • BA, English Literature, Minor, Political Science, Bucknell University, 1986

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Writing assessment
  • Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL)
  • Reflective Writing


I started my academic career focusing on what American women wrote about war and then segued into a long chunk of time working with writing assessment. Since coming to Drexel in 2009—after interludes directing Drexel’s writing center and writing program--I have embraced the craft of teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities. In recent years, I have also explored the intersections of teaching, social justice, work-integrated learning and writing through research at Drexel and Fulbright awards to Cape Town, South Africa and Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Selected Publications:

  • Nulton, K, Pretti, J. & Inman, J. (2022) Have we met? Assessing links between academic and work learning. International Symposium on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (WACE) conference proceedings.
  • Nulton, K. & Peckham, I. (2018). Writing program assessment, attitude, and construct representation: a descriptive study. Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity. Maya Poe and Asao Inoue, eds. Colorado: WAC Clearinghouse.
  • Nulton, K. & Hoekje, B. (2018). The value of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies in cooperative education across disciplines. International Symposium on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (WACE) conference proceedings.
  • Ingalls, R.& Nulton, K. (2016). Centering and de-centering assessment: accountability, accreditation and expertise.” Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-scale Assessment. Eds. Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, William Banks. Logan: Utah State UP.
  • Nulton, K. (2000). The wars of Susie King Taylor. Separate Spheres No More. Monika Elbert (ed.). Alabama: University of Alabama Press.
  • Nulton, K. (1995). Creating and containing: scriptural uses in two early American captivity narratives. New Readings of Spiritual Autobiography: Secular Force and Self-Disclosure. Phebe Davidson (ed.). Edwin Mellen Press.