meet our alumni

 

As of August 2011, 21 students have graduated with the PhD in Second Language Acquisition. They landed jobs at a variety of institutions, e.g. Princeton University, Arizona State University, Boston University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, Oregon State University, and Texas Tech University, among others.Our first alumni graduated in 2005, and one received tenure this year. Explore how their carreers started at the UI and developed into various professional successes.

 

Program Direction Track

Mary O'DonnellMary O'Donnell
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, Spring 2005
Title of Dissertation: "Use of textual elaboration with literary texts in intermediate Spanish."
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages,
South Dakota State University.

Website: here

 

Ariana MikulskiAriana Mikulski
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, Spring 2006
Title of Dissertation: "Native intuitions, foreign struggles? Knowledge of the subjunctive in volitional constructions among heritage and traditional FL learners of Spanish."
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the School of Family and Social Dynamics at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Website: here

 

Nobuaki TakahashiNobuaki Takahashi
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2007
Title of Dissertation: "The differential effects of perceptual saliency on recasts in L2 Japanese: Learners' noticing, interpretation, detection, and subsequent oral production."
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages, Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
Website: here

 

Joshua Thoms
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, 2008
Title of Dissertation: "Teacher-Initiated Talk and Student Oral Discourse in a Second Language Literature Classroom: A Sociocultural Analysis."
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition at the Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
Website: here

 

Takako NakakuboTakako Nakakubo
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, 2010
Title of Dissertation: "The Effects of Planning on Second Language Oral Performance in Japanese: Processes and Production."
Current Position: Instructor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Website: here

 

Lin GuLin Gu
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, 2011
Title of Dissertation: "At the Interface between Language Testing and Second Language Acquisition: Communicative Language Ability and Test-taker Characteristics."
Current Position: Associate Research Scientist (English Language Learning and Assessment) at Educational Testing Services (ETS) in New Jersey.

 

Jia ZhuJia Zhu
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in language program direction, 2012
Title of Dissertation: "Weaving Language and Culture Together: The Process of Culture Learning in a Chinese as a Foreign Language Classroom."
Current Position: Assistant Professor in Chinese Japanese in the Department of World Languges, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Central Arkansas, AR.
Website: here

 

 

Lingustics Track

 

Tomoko ShibataTomoko Shibata
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2005
Title of Dissertation: "Prosody acquisition of Japanese as a second language: View from an integrative perspective."
Current Position: Lecturer in the East Asian Studies department at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

Idoia ElolaIdoia Elola
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2005
Title of Dissertation: "The complexity of revision in an intermediate-level Spanish language classroom and the creation of a foreign language revision model."
Current Position: Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Texas Tech University.
Website: here

 

Stephanie ChengStephanie Cheng
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2005
Title of Dissertation: "An exploratory cross-sectional study of interlanguage pragmatic development of expressions of gratitude by Chinese learners of English."
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the TESOL program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

 

>Lisa DykstraLisa Dykstra
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2006
Title of Dissertation: "On pragmatic perception: Do American learners of Russian perceive the sociocultural weight inherent in the address pronouns?."
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
Website: here

 

Lixia MaLixia Ma
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2006
Title of Dissertation: "Acquisition of perfective aspect marker LE of Mandarin Chinese in discourse by American college learners."
Current Position: Chinese Instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
Website: here

 

Amy VonCanonAmy VonCanon
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2006
Title of Dissertation: "Just saying ‘no’: Refusing requests in Spanish as a first and second language."
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at The University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
Website: here

 

Binnan GaoBinnan Gao
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2009
Title of Dissertation: "L2 Acquisition of wh-Questions by English-Speaking Learners."
Current Position: Preceptor in Chinese, Harvard University.
Website: here

Akiko HagiwaraAkiko Hagiwara
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2010
Title of Dissertation: "Attention and L2 learners' segmentation of complex sentences."
Current Position: Instructor of Japanese at Tohoku University, Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Bei YangBei Yang
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2010
Title of Dissertation: "A Model of Mandarin Tone Categories: A Study of Perception and Production."
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Website: here

 

Gonzalo CamposGonzalo Campos
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2011
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Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC.
Website: here

 

Jacee ChoJacee Cho
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2012
Title of Dissertation: "Remapping of Nominal Features in the Second Language. "
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Website: here

 

 

 

Technology Track

 

Kyosung KooKyosung Koo
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in technology, 2006
Title of Dissertation: "Effects of using corpora and online reference tools on foreign language writing: A study of Korean learners of English as a second language."
Current Position: Instructional Technologist in the Information Technology Services department at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
Website: here

 

Zoliswa MaliZoliswa Mali
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in technology, 2007
Title of Dissertation: "Exploring communication strategy use by learners of Isizulu in synchronous computer-mediated communication (S-CMC)."
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Teaching Department of the School of Education, Lecturer in Southern African Languages in the African Studies Center, and Coordinator of Southern African Languages in the African Studies Center at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Jianling LiaoJianling Liao
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in technology, 2010
Title of Dissertation: "The impact of interactive discussions on L2 Chinese composition writing."
Current Position: Academic Director at CIEE Shanghai Study Center, China
Website: here

 

Anja (Szustak) ApitzAnja (Szustak) Apitz
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in linguistics, 2008
Title of Dissertation: "The Effects of Multimedia Advance Organizers on Comprehending Authentic German Video."

 

Ludmila (Provaznikova) SchusterLudmila (Provaznikova) Schuster
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in technology, 2009
Title of Dissertation: "The Effects of Previewing Activities on the Comprehension of Authentic Video and on Short-Term Vocabulary Retention."
Current Position: Instructor in German, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Oregon State University.
Website: here

 

Anna KolesnikovaAnna Kolesnikova
Degree: PhD in SLA with specialization in technology, 2011
Title of Dissertation: "Investigating effects of computer-based grammar tutorials."
Current Position: isiting Assistant Professor in the Departement of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Website: here

 

 

 

Alumni Voices

 

...Looking back, the best part of FLARE was people. I love my friends and faculty members. Also, I greatly appreciate different types of financial support we were able to obtain from the program (both FLARE and International Program), the university, Graduate Students Senate.

Akiko Hagiwara

I have fond memories of my time in Iowa City and as a graduate student in the FLARE program. I chose the program for a number of reasons. First, I appreciated the flexibility it allowed graduate students regarding coursework. I liked how one was able to take classes in a variety of departments and count them towards your specialization track requirements. In this way, I learned a lot about SLA from a number of different theoretical and applied perspectives. I also enjoyed getting to know and working with the dedicated faculty members in FLARE. The faculty’s expertise and willingness to help you succeed make FLARE a unique program. Finally, FLARE afforded me the opportunity to interact with classmates from distinct linguistic, cultural, and academic backgrounds; many of whom are colleagues and friends.

Josh Thoms

...FLARE helped me ready to become the professional that I am now.

Kyo Koo