Current Faculty Members
Carol A. Chapelle, Professor of TESL/Applied Linguistics, is Past President of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and former editor of TESOL Quarterly. Her recent books explore issues in technology and applied linguistics: Assessing Language Through Computer Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Computer applications in second language acquisition: Foundations for teaching, testing, and research (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and English language learning and technology: Lectures on applied linguistics in the age of information and communication technology (John Benjamins, 2003). She teaches courses in applied linguistics at Iowa State University and has taught in Arizona, Hawai'i, Spain, and Canada. She has recently lectured at conferences in Chile, Denmark, France, Japan, Morocco, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan.
Evgeny Chukharev-Khudilaynen, Assistant Professor, has a B.S. and a M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from Arkhangelsk State Technical University (2006) and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (2009). Prior to joining Iowa State in 2012, Evgeny spent 6.5 years working as a senior software engineer at the Central Bank of Russia, while teaching part-time at universities in Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg. Evgeny's current research program focuses on the application of psycholinguistics, cognitive and computational linguistics to building robust and efficient computer-based tools for foreign language learning and assessment.
Bethany Gray, Assistant Professor, joined the English Department and the TESL/Applied Linguistics Program in Fall 2012. Her research focuses on applying corpus linguistics methodologies to the study of linguistic variation across registers and speakers/writers (learners and native speakers of English) to increase understanding of how the grammatical, lexico-grammatical, and lexical resources of English are utilized to carry out communicative purposes. Her research has particularly focused on academic writing, documenting disciplinary and register variation within academic writing (both synchronically and diachronically). She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Applied Linguistics and English, including courses in descriptive English grammar, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, academic writing for native and non-native speakers, and content-based English as a Second Langage.
Volker Hegelheimer, Professor, teaches courses on technology in language teaching and research, language assessment, and research methodology. His research interests include applications of the technology in language learning and language testing. He has presented his research and held academic workshops at numerous national and international conferences. His publications have appeared in journals such as Language Learning & Technology, Language Testing, System, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, ReCALL, CALICO Journal, and he has contributed to several edited volumes on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
John M. Levis is Associate Professor of ESL. His major teaching interests include the interface of phonology/phonetics and language teaching methods for oral communication, in particular the integration of pronunciation and oral communication. His research interests include the intelligibility of spoken language, intonational phonology, and the role of dialect awareness in ESL teachers. He has teaching experience in a variety of areas in the United States and Canada. His articles have appeared in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, ELT Journal, PASAA, and World Englishes.
David Oakey, Assistant Professor, has an MEd (1998) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a PhD (2008) from the University of Leeds, UK. He began his teaching career in 1992 in Turkey, teaching English for Specific Purposes in the areas of Business and Economics in academic and private sector settings. He then worked in the UK as a tutor in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Hull before taking up a lectureship in English language at the University of Birmingham, where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in pedagogy and materials development. Dr Oakey's research uses corpus linguistics to investigate the way English is used in different academic disciplines, and currently focuses on identifying the typical linguistic features of interdisciplinary research. One application of this work is to make collaborating researchers aware of different phraseological and epistemic practice in other disciplines. He has published seven book chapters on these issues, and has a co-edited volume entitled Introducing Applied Linguistics: Concepts and Skills (Routlege, 2009).
Barbara Schwarte received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches undergraduate courses in linguistics and TESL. Her research interests include cross-cultural comparison of pragmatic usage of different speech acts and the teaching of critical thinking skills. She has served as a past president of the international TESOL Conference (2000-2001) and as a conference chair for the 1997 international TESOL Conference in Orlando. From 2004 to 2013, she served as the interim director for Iowa State's Intensive English and Orientation program.
Tammy Slater, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. (2004) and MA (1998) in Language and Literacy Education from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and her BA in Linguistics from the University of Victoria (Canada). Her research, which draws upon analytic methods from systemic functional linguistics, seeks to understand and help school practitioners understand language/content connections and has appeared in several co-authored articles (including Journal of English for Academic Purposes, ELT Journal, and Linguistics and Education) and book chapters. She has taught teacher education courses, graduate courses, adult ESL/EFL classes at multiple levels and for various purposes in both Canada and Japan, and she has done on-site teacher supervision. In particular she has taught an introduction to applied linguistics for teachers, an ESL methodology course with a practicum, and a graduate-level course addressing theory and practice in bilingualism and bilingual education.
Susan Benner is a lecturer in ESL and English. She teaches classes in ESL, first-year composition, general linguistics, and international teaching assistant training, and also serves as coordinator of English placement testing for international students. Areas of interest include pronunciation, successful strategies for adult second language learners, and translation. She has taught courses in translation and has taught EFL in Ecuador and Costa Rica. Publications include a collection of fiction by Andean women she edited and translated and the translation of an anthology of essays in literary criticism.
Cynthia Myers, Adjunct Instructor, teaches composition pedagogy and theory, descriptive grammar, linguistics, and first-year composition as well as ESL writing and oral English for international teaching assistants. She mentors English department teaching assistants and helped develop ISU´s Cross-cultural Composition courses. Her research interests include discourse analysis and English for Specific Purposes. She regularly teaches EFL in Mexico and was a Fulbright scholar in Concepción, Chile in 2003. She has published in TESOL publications.