I am an associate professor at Michigan State University and am core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. I am an affiliate with the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Program. I am co-editor of the journal Language Testing, with Luke Harding (Lancaster University, UK). In 2019, I am on a National Academy of Sciences ad hoc committee to advise the U.S. Foreign Service Institute on foreign language assessment. The project has a website that outlines the committee’s work and tasks, here.

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.

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 2018 co-edited volume on research from the project (publisher: Springer). 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!