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I am an assistant professor in the English Department at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA.  I teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

My research investigates the acquisition and development of second language reading and writing skills and knowledge.  My research in second language reading has focused on the role of reading sub-skills in second language reading, such as phonological awareness, morphological awareness, and lexical inferencing ability.  I am interested in the role of these resources within second language reading, as well as how second language readers make use of such skills developed in their first language (i.e., cross-linguistic transfer).

My second area of research is second language writing, in which I investigate the development of academic and disciplinary writing abilities.  In particular, I’m interested in how second language writers learn to write for specific purposes and specific disciplines, and how instruction can be implemented that helps second language writers better understand the expectations of disciplinary genres.  Much of my research in this area uses tools from Systemic Functional Linguistics.

On this web site you can find information about me, my teaching, and my research. Welcome!