I am currently a Senior Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, where I am working with Silvia Pessoa and David Kaufer on projects within and related to the CMUQ Study of Literacy, a 4-year longitudinal study of English-language academic reading and writing development among multilingual university students. Currently, we are focusing on development of discipline-specific literacy skills.
Before coming to CMU-Qatar, I earned my PhD in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh under the supervision of Keiko Koda. My dissertation research explored second-language (L2) lexical inferencing (inferring meanings of unknown words while reading), and how cross-linguistic resources support successful L2 lexical inferencing via its component sub-skills. My dissertation committee also included G. Richard Tucker and Charles Perfetti.
From August, 2014 I will be Assistant Professor in the English Department at Kent State University, where I will be a faculty member in the BA and MA TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) programs.
My research interests fall broadly within second-language literacy acquisition and development.
Within second language reading, my current research focuses on lexical inferencing and incidental vocabulary acquisition, and how cross-linguistic resources support successful lexical inferencing and its sub-skills. I have also conducted research on cross-orthographic transfer effects on visual word recognition, metalinguistic awareness development, and second language reading assessment.
My research on second language writing investigates development of discipline-specific academic writing skills using corpus analytic and text analytic methods, much of which within the framework of systemic functional linguistics. I am also interested in the use of technology in L2 writing classes.
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Email: [my first and middle initials and my whole last name] @andrew.cmu.edu