Leslie Susan Cook

Co-coordinator, BS in English Education Pogram

Academic Specialty:

Universal Design for Learning, English Language Learners, Multimodal Composition, Concept Development, Narrative Construction of Self, Cognitive Diversity


ENG 3580: Theory & Pedagogy in the Teaching of Writing
ENG 3300: Applied Grammar
ENG 4591: Teaching High School English
ENG 5200: Issues in Teaching English
EDL 7065: Writing for the Professional Educator
ENG 2001: Introduction to Writing across the Curriculum

Office Hours:

M: 9-10
W: 12-1
F: 12-2


  • B.A., University of Georgia
  • M.S. University of Tennessee
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia

Selected Publications:

  • Cook, L. S., & Smagorinsky, P. (In press). Collaborative online anime community as positive social updraft. Positive Social Updraft with Extranormative Youth. Routledge.
  • Cook, L. S. (In press). Universal design. TESOL Encylopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley.
  • Cook, L. S., & Smagorinsky, P. (2014). Constructing positive social updrafts for extranormativepersonalities. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 3(4): 298-308.
  • Meyer, C. K. & Cook, L. S. (2013). Gender, Multimodal Practices, and Global Citizenship in Rural Settings. In B. J. Guzzetti, & T. W. Bean (pp.91-100). Adolescent literacies and the gendered self: (re)constructing identities through multimodal literacy practices. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Smagorinsky, P., Cook, L. S., & Johnson, T. S. (2003). The twisting path of concept development in learning to teach. Teachers College Record, 105, 1399-1436.
  • Cook, L. S., Smagorinsky, P., Fry, P.G., Konopak, B., & Moore, C. (2002). Problems in developing a constructivist approach to teaching: One teacher's transition from teacher preparation to teaching. Elementary School Journal, 102, 389-413.

Leslie Cook completed B.A. degrees in English and French and a Ph.D. in English Education at the University of Georgia. She received her teaching certification and her M.S. in English Education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr. Cook has taught English and French in public and private schools in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. She also taught three years at Gainesville College in Athens, Georgia. Before joining the English department in 2008, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for four years. Her current research agenda includes using UDL with English Language Learners, cognitive diversity. in the ELA classroom, and teaching teachers to teach composition in secondary schools.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7301

Office address
Sanford Hall 538