Welcome to my web site!

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 the second language, but also how second language readers make use of reading 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 academic and disciplinary writing.  In particular, I’m interested in how second language writers learn to write for specific purposes and specific disciplines.  Much of this research uses tools from Systemic Functional Linguistics.

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