PhD List

NAU PhDs in Applied Linguistics 

Dissertations, Committee Members, and Professional Positions

 

2013

Dongmei ChengStudent-instructor apologies: How are they produced and perceived? 
Co-chairs: Mary McGroarty, Randi Reppen; Members: Okim Kang, Jim Wilce (Anthropology).
First position after graduation: Instructor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Sawako MatsuguEffects of rater characteristics and scoring methods on speaking assessment. 
Chair: Joan Jamieson; Members: Okim Kang, Mary McGroarty; John McClure (Education).
First position after graduation: Instructor, English Department, Utsunomiya University, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Elena Poltavtchenko: Engineering design reports in upper-division undergraduate engineering courses and in the workplace
Co-Chairs: Douglas Biber, Fredricka Stoller; Members: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty, Debra Larson (California Polytechnic State University)

 

2012

Mansoor Al-SurmiAuthentic ESL spoken materials: Soap opera and sitcom versus natural conversation   
Chair: Randi Reppen; Members: Douglas Biber, Bill Crawford, Karina Collentine (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Donald MillerLexical variability in required undergraduate reading
Co-Chairs: Douglas Biber, Randi Reppen; Members: Bill Grabe, Fredricka Stoller, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA.

Cui Zhang: An instructional study of ESL synthesis writing
Chair: Bill Grabe; Members: Bill Crawford, Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Department of English and Theatre, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

Jonathan SmartInnovative approaches to ESL grammar instruction
Co-Chairs:  Bill Crawford, Randi Reppen; Members: Doug Biber, Joe Collentine (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Visiting Professor, English Department, Northern Arizona University

 

2011

Anthony Becker: Building evidence for the evaluation of English learners’ writing scores
Chair: Joan Jamieson; Members: William Grabe, William Crawford, John McClure (Educational Psychology)
First position after graduation: Senior researcher, Second Language Testing, Inc.
Present position: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO).

Stephen Doolan: A comparison of Generation 1.5, L1 and L2 tertiary student writing
Chair: Bill Grabe; Members: Doug Biber, Fredricka Stoller, Greg Glau, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

Shannon Fitzsimmons-DoolanIdentifying and describing language ideologies related to Arizona educational language policy
Co-chairs: Doug Biber, Mary McGroarty; Members: Fredricka Stoller, Rich Fernandez (Sociology)
First position after graduation: Consultant, Center for Applied Linguistics; Instructor, English Department, Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX.

Bethany Gray: Exploring academic writing through corpus linguistics: When discipline tells only part of the story
Chair: Douglas Biber; Members: Bill Grabe, Randi Reppen and Viviana Cortes (Georgia State University), Susan Conrad (Portland State University)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Mark Johnson: Planning in second language writing
Chair: Bill Grabe; Members: Greg Glau, Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. 

Tatiana Nekrasova: EFL learners’ production of questions over time: Linguistic, usage-based, and developmental features
Co-chairs: Joan Jamieson and Kim McDonough; Members: Douglas Biber, Robert Horn (Educational Psychology)
First position after graduation: Researcher, Second Language Testing, Inc.; Instructor, English Department, Colorado State University.

 

2010

Chomraj PatansornEffects of procedural content and task repetition on accuracy and fluency in an EFL context
Chair: Kim McDonough; Members: Okim Kang, Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, Joseph Collentine (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Lecturer, English section, Khon Kaen University, Nong Khai Campus, Nong Kahi, Thailand.

 

2009 

Jack Grieve: A Corpus-Based Regional Dialect Survey of Grammatical Variation in Standard Written American English
Chair: Doug Biber; Members: Bill Crawford, Randi Reppen, Ruihong Huang (Geography).
First position after graduation: Post-doctoral researcher, Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics Research Unit, Department of Linguistics, University of Leuven, Belgium.

Bradley Horn: Developing a computer-assisted writing assessment tool for discipline-specific writing
Chairs: Bill Grabe, Doug Biber; Members: Fredricka Stoller, Marin Robinson (Chemistry)
First position after graduation: Regional English Language Officer, U.S. Department of State.

Gina Iberri-Shea: University student public speech: Language variation in classroom contexts.
Chair: Doug Biber; Members: Mary McGroarty; Randi Reppen, Laura Umphrey (Communication).
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of English and Fine Arts, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.

Eun Hee JeonEffects of repeated reading on L2 reading fluency and comprehension
Chair: Bill Grabe; Members: Mary McGroarty, Randi Reppen, Fredricka Stoller, Heidi Wayment (Psychology)
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor of English and Theater (tenure-track), Department of English and Theater, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC.

Erkan Karabacak: Unplanned terminology development: A synchronic and diachronic study on economic terms in Turkish newspapers
Co-Chairs: Doug Biber, Randi Reppen; Members: Mary McGroarty, Dan Li (Computer Science)
First position after graduation: Instructor, English Department, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.
Present position: Director of Composition and Assistant Professor, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.

YouJin KimThe role of task complexity and pair grouping on the occurrence of learning opportunities and L2 development
Co-Chairs: Joan Jamieson, Kim McDonough; Members: Mary McGroarty; Joe Collentine (Modern Languages).
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Reiko KomiyamaSecond language reading motivation of adult English-for-academic-purposes students
Co-Chairs: Bill Grabe, Fredricka Stoller; Members: Mary McGroarty, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor, English Department, California State University, Sacramento

Kornwipa Poonpon: Expanding a Second Language Speaking Rating Scale for Instructional and Assessment Purposes.
Chair: Joan Jamieson; Members: Doug Biber (English), Fredricka Stoller (English), Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages).
First position after graduation: Lecturer, Department of English, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. 

Jingjing QinThe analysis of Toulmin elements and use of sources in Chinese university EFL argumentative writing
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: Bill Grabe, Sibylle Gruber, Fredricka Stoller, Yuly Asención Delaney (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Current position: Assistant professor, English Language Teaching Department, Yeditepe University, Turkey.

Angkana TongpoonThe effects of concordancing on second language vocabulary learning
Chair: Randi Reppen; Members: Douglas Biber, Bill Grabe, Linda Shadiow (Educational leadership).
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

 

2008

Federica Barbieri: Involvement in university classroom discourse.
Chair: Doug Biber; Members: Mary McGroarty, Randi Reppen; James Wilce (Anthropology).
First position after graduation: Lecturer, Sociolinguistics and TESOL, English Department, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Present position: Lecturer (tenure-track), Linguistics Department, University of Swansea, Swansea, Wales.

Ericson Friginal: The language of outsourced call centers: A corpus-based study of cross-cultural communication.  
Co-chairs: Doug Biber, Randi Reppen; Members: Mary McGroarty, James Pinto (Business).
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Nicole Tracy-Ventura: Development readiness and tense/aspect: An instructional study of L2 preterit and imperfect acquisition in Spanish.
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: Doug Biber, Kim McDonough, Randi Reppen; Joe Collentine (Modern Languages).
First position after graduation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Spanish Linguistics, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom.

Heidi Vellenga: Instructional effectiveness and interlanguage pragmatics.
Chair: Randi Reppen; Members: Susan Fitzmaurice (Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK), Mary McGroarty, Lourdes Ortega (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa).
First position after graduation: Assistant Director, Intensive English Program, Department of Second Language Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Current position: Senior Lecturer & Director of Intensive English Communication Program, Department of Applied Linguistics, Penn State

 

2007

Xiangying Jiang: The impact of graphic organizer instruction on English-as-a-Foreign-Language college students’ reading comprehension
Chair: Bill Grabe. Members: Joan Jamieson, Fredricka Stoller, Mary McGroarty, Joseph Collentine (Modern Languages)
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Foreign Languages, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Casey Keck: The use of paraphrase in summary writing: A comparison of L1 and L2 writers.
Co-chairs: Doug Biber, Mary McGroarty; Members: Bill Grabe, Lourdes Ortega, Linda Shadiow (Education)
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor (tenure track), English Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

 

2006

Tadayoshi Kaya: The Effectiveness of Adaptive Computer Use for Learning Vocabulary 
Chair: Joan Jamieson. Members: Mary McGroarty, Doug Biber, Joe Collentine (Modern Languages).
First position after graduation: Senior Language Teaching Consultant, Foreign Language Institute of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Current position: CALL Researcher, Open Research Lab, Sophia University, Tokyo; Adjunct Lecturer, English Department, Rikkyo Universtiy, Tokyo

 

2005

Mohammed Al Bakry: Style in American Newspaper Language: Use and Usage.
Chair: Doug Biber; Members: Susan Fitzmaurice, Mary McGroarty, William Crawford, Joel Olson (Communication)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure track), English Dept., Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

Camilla Vasquez: Teacher positioning in post-observation discourse.
Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice. Members: Mary McGroarty, Mary Juzwik, Linda Shadiow (Education)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure track), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Nancy Drescher:A Corpus-Based Investigation of Sex-Linked Pragmatic and Linguistic Features. 
Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice. Members: Doug Biber, Mary McGroarty, Kristen Precht (Kent State)
First position after graduation: Assistant Professor (tenure track), English Department, Minnesota State University. Mankato, MN.

 

2004 

Paulo Marques Quaglio: The language of NBC’s Friends: A comparison with face-to-face conversation.
Co-chairs: Douglas Biber, Randi Reppen. Members: Susan Fitzmaurice, Alfredo Urzúa (Old Dominion University)
First position after graduation: Adjunct Professor, Central Florida State.
Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) SUNY Cortland, NY.

Paula Garcia: Meaning in academic contexts: A corpus-based study of pragmatic utterances. 
Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice. Members: Douglas Biber, Mary McGroarty, Roberto Carrasco (Education)
First position after graduation: Assessment specialist, Electronic Learning Initiative, Northern Arizona University.
Current position: Director, Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects in Research, Office of Vice Provost for Research, Northern Arizona University

Yuly Asención: Validation of reading-to-write assessment tasks performed by second language learners.
Chair: Joan Jamieson. Members: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty, Thomas G. Fetsco (Educational Psychology)
First position after graduation: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Department of Modern Languages, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

 

2003

Alexander Jeff Popko: Professionalization for graduate students in teaching English as a second language: Pathways and processes.
Chair: William Grabe. Members: Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, Jean Zukowski/Faust, Frances Riemer (Education)
First position after degree: Clinical instructor, College of Education, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure track) Department of Foreign Language and Bilingual Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Chandrika Rogers: Register variation in Indian English.
Co-chairs: Douglas Biber, Susan Fitzmaurice. Members: Mary McGroarty, James Wilce (Anthropology)
First position after degree: Associate professor of ESOL, Palm Beach Community College, Boca Raton, FL.
Current position: (As of August, 2004): Assistant professor (tenure-track), Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Mary Katherine MacKinnon: Technologies, teacher, and texts: Negotiating English-as-a-foreign-language writing in two Taiwanese classrooms.
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: Sibylle Gruber, Lourdes Ortega, Randi Reppen, Frances Riemer (Education)
First position after degree: LEAD Writing Instructor, Butte Community College, Oroville, CA

Naoko Taguchi: Pragmatic performance in comprehension and production of English as a second language.
Chair: Mary McGroarty. Members: Susan Fitzmaurice, Joan Jamieson, Michelle Miller (Psychology) NOTE: in September, 2004, this dissertation was named 2004 winner of the ACTFL-MLJ-Emma M. Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education. sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and The Modern Language Journal.
First position after degree: Associate professor, Akita International University, Akita, Japan.
Current position (as of February, 2005): Assistant professor of Japanese and Second Language Acquisition (tenure-track) Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

 

2002

Viviana Cortés: Lexical bundles in academic writing in history and biology.
Chair: Douglas Biber. Members: Mary McGroarty, Randi Reppen, English; Linda Shadiow, (College of Education)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Current position: Associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Eniko Csomay: Episodes in university classroom discourse.
Chair: Douglas Biber. Members: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty, English: Henry Clark, Education.
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Department of Linguistics and Oriental Languages, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

 

2001

Susan Carkin: Pedagogic discourse in introductory classes: A multi-dimensional analysis of textbooks and lectures in biology and macroeconomics.
Co-chairs: Douglas Biber, William Grabe; Members: Mary McGroarty; John Lackstrom (Utah State University)
First position after degree: Associate professor and Director, Intensive English Program, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
Current position (as of summer, 2004): Chair, Division of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech, Lane Community College, Portland, OR

Alfredo Urzúa: Perceptual and linguistic approaches to the study of reflectiveness in journal writing.
Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice. Members: Doug Biber; Dean Mellow (Simon Fraser University), Joseph Collentine (Modern Languages)
First position after degree: Professor (Titular A), Departments of Modern Languages and Psychology, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Texas at El Paso, TX

 

2000

Latricia Trites: Beyond basic comprehension: Reading to learn and reading to integrate for native and nonnative speakers.
Co-chairs: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty; Members: Joan Jamieson, Elizabeth Willis (Education)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Murray State University, Murray, KY

Erika KonradDirectives in socialization.
Chair: William Grabe, English. Members: Douglas Biber, Mary McGroarty, Susan Foster-Cohen (University of London/Paris Institute), James Wilce (Anthropology)
First position after degree: Associate Director, Northern Arizona Literacy Enterprises, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.
Current position: Lecturer, English Department, Northern Arizona University

Kristen Precht: Patterns of stance in English.
Co-chairs: Douglas Biber, William Grabe. Members: Mary McGroarty, James Wilce (Anthropology)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

 

1999

Arshad AbdSamad: Second language instruction and the use of semantic and syntactic input cues.
Co-chairs: Joan Jamieson, Dean Mellow; Members: Susan Fitzmaurice, Bernd Conrad (Modern Languages)
First position after degree: Lecturer (tenure-track), Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.

Angela Beck: Expertise and composition: Cognitive apprenticeship and the use of planning strategies by freshman writers.
Chair: William Grabe; Members: John Ackerman, Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, Ann Johns (San Diego State University)
First position after degree: Adjunct instructor, English Department, for Statewide Academic Programs, Northern Arizona University.
Current position: Assistant professor of humanities (tenure-track), General Education Program Coordinator, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ

Joy Janzen: Developing third grade Navajo students as strategic readers.
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: William Grabe, Fredricka Stoller, Jean Zukowski/Faust, English; Jon Reyhner (Center for Excellence in Education)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN.

Dee Gardner: Learning vocabulary through reading: Assessing the lexical composition of theme-based text collections in upper-elementary education.
Chair: William Grabe; Members: Mary McGroarty, Fredricka Stoller, English; William Eggington (Education, Brigham Young University)
First position after degree: Visiting instructor, College of Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Current position: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Linguistics Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

 

1998

Sarah Rilling: The language of composition classrooms: Teaching diverse students in traditional and computerized classes.
Co-Chairs: Douglas Biber, Mary McGroarty: Members: Sibylle Gruber; Cathy Gunn, Jerry Petersen (Education)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Current position: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Suzanne ScottPatterns of language use in adult face-to-face disagreements.
Co-Chairs: Douglas Biber, Mary McGroarty: Members: John Monsma (Communications), James Wilce (Anthropology)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Department of Communication Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Current position: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

 

1997

Marie Helt: Discourse marker and stance adverbial variation in spoken American English: A corpus-based analysis.
Chair: Douglas Biber: Members: William Grabe, Susan Fitzmaurice, James Wilce (Anthropology)
First position after degree: Summer School Instructor, English 504, Northern Arizona University
Current position: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, California State University, Sacramento, CA.

 

1996

Susan M. Conrad: Academic discourse in two disciplines: Professional writing and student development in biology and history.
Chair: Douglas Biber; Members: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty, English; Stephen Jackson (Biology), George Lubick (History)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Current position: Associate professor (tenure-track), Applied Linguistics Department, Portland State University

David Basena: Child codeswitching between typologically different languages, Lusoga and English: A case study.
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: Susan Foster-Cohen, Jean Zukowski/Faust; Dickson Mungazi (Education); Matthew Rispoli (Speech Pathology, Arizona State University)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure track), Department of English and Modern Languages, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Ruizhong Wang: The effects of native language influence and target language overgeneralization in second language acquisition.
Chair: William Grabe; Members: Douglas Biber, Fredricka Stoller, English; Karen Schairer (Modern Languages)
First position after degree: Senior Project Analyst, Carnegie Group, Pittsburgh, PA
Current position: Analyst, Federated Investment Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Jená Burges: Hierarchical influences on language use in memos.
Chair: Douglas Biber, English; Members: Mary McGroarty, Roger Bacon, English; Eugene Moan (Educational Psychology)
First position after degree: Interim Director of Composition, English Department, Northern Arizona University
Current position: Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Undergraduate Studies, California State University Humboldt

 

1995

Ellen Jacobs: Kidtalk: A nonbiased language screening test for children who are Anglo or Hispanic.
Chair: Joan Jamieson; Members: Douglas Biber, Matthew Rispoli, English; Richard Carroll, Institute for Human Development.
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), Speech Pathology Program, College of Education, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Current position: Director, Speech and Language Clinic, Bend, OR

Shinian Wu: Transfer in Chinese students' academic English writing.
Co-Chairs: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty; Members: Douglas Biber, English; Richard Helt, (Modern Languages)
First position after degree: Visiting Lecturer, English Department, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Current position: Associate professor (tenured) English Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

 

1994

Leslie Norfleet Grant: The reliability and validity of the Arizona Classroom Teacher Spanish Proficiency Exam.
Co-chairs: Joan Jamieson, Mary McGroarty; Members: Manuel Rodriguez, Virginia Vigil (Modern Languages)
First position after degree: Postdoctoral Fellow, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ
Current position: University of Denver

Wei Zhu: Effects of training for peer revision in college freshman composition classes.
Chair: Mary McGroarty: Members: Geoffrey Chase, William Grabe, Joan Jamieson; Linda Shadiow (Education)
First position after degree: Assistant professor (tenure-track), English Department, University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, TX
Current position: Associate professor (tenured), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Randi Reppen: Variation in elementary student language: A multidimensional perspective.
Chair: William Grabe; Members: Susan Foster-Cohen, Sharon Crowley, English; Linda Shadiow (Education)
First position after degree: Director of Special Language Programs, Office of International Studies, NAU
Current position: Professor (tenured), English Department, Northern Arizona University

Margie White: Language in job interviews: Differences related to success and  socioeconomic variables.
Chair: Douglas Biber; Members: William Grabe, Mary McGroarty, English; Robert Schacht, Institute for Human Development.
First position after degree: Field Coordinator, Elderhostel, Northern Arizona University
Current position: Research specialist, Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University; Adjunct instructor, Northern Arizona University

Ann Beck: Development of the Alchini Bizaad Comprehension Test of Navajo and English for young children.
Chair: Mary McGroarty; Members: William Grabe, Matthew Rispoli; Thomas G. Fetsco (Educational Psychology)
First position after degree: Coordinator for Navajo/Hopi Region and Statewide Academic Planning, Statewide Academic Programs, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Current position: Director, Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County, Flagstaff, AZ