I am an associate professor at Michigan State University and am part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program, the Master of Arts in TESOL Program, and the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Program. I am also the immediate past President of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT). Starting in January, 2019, I will be the co-editor of the journal Language Testing with Luke Harding (Lancaster University, UK).

My primary area of research is second and foreign language testing, though I research other issues in second language acquisition (SLA). As an applied linguist, I investigate language problems or issues (especially those tied to language assessment), and then I try to solve them, or at least I try to suggest ways in which they can be solved. Most of my work is collaborative in nature because the issues are big, and, well, it takes a team.

Stateside interview, Michigan Public Radio, Nov. 20, 2017

Right now I am investigating the English-language reading development by 3rd grade English Language Learners (ELLs) in the state of Michigan. With my graduate research assistants Xiaowan Zhang and Caitlin Cornell, I am using reading-test data from the Michigan Department of Education to investigate theories related to how English language learners develop their English reading and language arts skills. We are actively pursuing funding for our research, and are publishing papers along the way.

I am the co-PI with Susan Gass on a 1.2-million-dollar, grant-funded assessment project at MSU (a Language Proficiency Flagship Grant from the National Security Education Program: see our website here). Sue and I have a co-edited volume on research from the project coming out soon (publisher: Springer). I am writing a book on foreign and second-language placement testing. I am also a co-director (with Drs. Aline Godfroid and Susan Gass) of the Second Language Studies Eye-tracking lab, where we conduct SLA research using a Tobii TX300 and an EyeLink 1000.

You will find me mostly in my office, writing. If I am not there, I might be outside running (my mental escape). There are some really nice, tree-lined paths along the Red Cedar River that runs through campus… Otherwise, I am out and about with my two daughters and my husband, doing things in East Lansing, Michigan!