I am a professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University, where I teach in the MA Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I am also a core faculty member in the Second Language Studies Program. My main area of research is second language (L2) writing. I am particularly interested in the various research methods and measures used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition. I have also published and done research in the areas of second language acquisition, foreign language classroom discourse, and behavior differences in novice vs. experienced teachers.
I am the co-editor of TESOL Quarterly with my colleague, Peter De Costa, and a consulting editor for Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. I am the past associate editor of the Modern Language Journal and was recently a member-at-large for the American Association for Applied Linguistics.
I have been a visiting instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and Teachers College, Columbia University. I have taught ESL at MSU, UCLA, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School in Beijing, and Philadelphia Community College.
I have absolutely no hobbies, but when I am not working, you can find me cooking (I am a volunteer cook for Lasagna Love), watching movies, running, walking, or biking. I am obsessed with bike trails and hope to cross more off my bucket list. (Check out Ohio for some darn good trails.) I will travel anywhere and have to been to 48 states. If you are from Hawaii or Alabama, I’d love an invitation to give a talk there.
Michigan State University
251B Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824