Scott Crossley, Ph.D. is a professor in applied linguistics and learning sciences whose work focuses on developing linguistic models of text difficulty (for reading) and writing quality. He has been at Georgia State for 11 years. He currently has three funded projects to develop the Writing Assessment Tool (WAT) to create an interface for students, teachers and researchers to better understand writing quality. Crossley is also working on the feedback prize, which will develop algorithms to better assess argumentative structures in essays. Lastly, he is working on the readability prize, which will develop new readability formulas. His grants provide funding for M.A. and Ph.D. students, and he trains about four interns a year with partners at the Learning Agency. Students are involved in language and data analyses, learning analytics, learning to engineer and educational data mining.
The ALRC’s mission overlaps with Crossley’s goals of increasing opportunities for literacy development in adult learners. In relation to adult literacy, he teaches courses that focus on text and language processing and the quantitative analyses of language. Specifically, he teaches a course on psycholinguistics that has a heavy focus on the reading and writing processes found in both adults and children. He also teaches statistics courses that introduce students to methods for quantifying language data.
In his spare time, Crossley enjoys skateboarding, hiking, tennis, badminton, brewing beer and collecting music.
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