I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Kent State University, where I teach in the BA and MA programs in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).  I teach courses on second language reading, second language writing, second/foreign language teaching methods, second language acquisition, and linguistics.

I am an active member of TESOL International Association, and am currently Immediate Past Chair of the Second Language Writing Interest Section.

Before coming to Kent State, I was a Senior Research Associate  and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, where I worked on the CMU-Q Study of Literacy, a 4-year longitudinal study of academic literacy development funded by the Qatar National Research Fund.

I completed my Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Keiko Koda.  I also hold an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and a BA in Linguistics and German from the University of Michigan.

I lived for a number of years in Japan, where I taught in public primary and secondary schools, at public and private universities, and at a non-profit organization.  I am originally from Spring Lake, Michigan.

In my free time, I enjoy snorkeling, photography, and traveling.


  • Akumal, Mexico