Applied Linguistics Program: Faculty

Our faculty members have world-class teaching and research strengths in areas where Applied Linguistics and Technology intersect:


Beckett_Gulbahar Gulbahar Beckett, (ME.d., Queens University; Ph.D., University of British Columbia), Professor of TESL/Applied Linguistics, focuses on project-based second/foreign language acquisition and socialization; Content-based second/foreign language (a.k.a English as a medium of instruction/learning); Second and minority language policies; Technology integrated teaching and learning; and Academic literacy. She has published widely and obtained many grants. Dr. Beckett has also chaired/supervised numerous doctoral dissertations and masters thesis/projects. Additionally, she’s an associate editor of Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education journal (Routledge).
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Chapelle C Carol A. Chapelle, (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Distinguished Professor and Angela B. Pavitt Professor, investigates second language assessment and learning materials, with a focus on how technology is changing research and practice. Her books include Building a validity argument for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (Routledge, 2008) and Tips for teaching with CALL (Pearson-Longman, 2008) and awards include the 2015 American Association for Applied Linguistics Distinguished Service and Scholarship Award. She served as editor of TESOL Quarterly (1999-2004) and the ten-volume Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley, 2013); she will begin a term as co-editor of Language Testing in 2016.
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evgeny Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen, (M.S., Arkhangelsk State Technical University, and Ph.D., Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia), Assistant Professor, uses his combined expertise in cognitive linguistics, computer science, and natural language processing to design, build, and evaluate technologies for second language learning and assessment. His growing research program has been funded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ISU and the National Science Foundation. In his spare time, he works as an industry consultant, which helps him keep up with the current trends in software development.
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ecotos Elena Cotos, (M.A., Moldova State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University), Assistant Professor, investigates genre writing in the disciplines and automated writing evaluation to improve writing pedagogy. Her work has been published in the JEAP, ReCALL, CALICO, IJCALLT, Language Learning and Technology, and Language Testing journals. She has contributed to a number of edited volumes and authored the book Genre-Based Automated Writing Evaluation for L2 Research Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Elena is also the Director of the Center for Communication Excellence of the Graduate College and the principal investigator on the Research Writing Tutor project.
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begray1 Bethany Gray, (M.A., Iowa State University and Ph.D., Northern Arizona University), Assistant Professor, uses corpus linguistics methodologies to investigate register variation, with a focus on grammatical and lexico-grammatical variation in a range of contexts: in learner language, across disciplines, over time, and across general registers. Her books include Linguistic Variation in Research Articles: When Discipline Tells Only Part of the Story (John Benjamins, 2015) and Grammatical Complexity in Academic English: Linguistic Change in Writing (with D. Biber, Cambridge University Press, 2016). She serves on the Editorial Board for TESOL Quarterly and Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and is organizing the next American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) Conference, to be held at Iowa State in September 2016.
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volkerh4 Volker Hegelheimer, (M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Professor, researches applications of emerging technologies in language learning and language testing.  His publications have appeared in journals such as Language Learning & Technology, Language Testing, System, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, ReCALL, CALICO Journal, and he contributed to several edited volumes on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and was a co-author of the TESOL Technology Standards for ESL teachers and learners monograph (2007-2009). He is the co-editor for the spring 2016 CALICO Journal special issue on automated writing evaluation.  He has presented his research and held academic workshops at numerous national and international conferences and has secured over $1.5 million in funds from external funding agencies such as Pearson, Educational Testing Service, the National Science Foundation, and a $1.2 million grant for materials development and training from the U.S. Department of State (2011-2013). He teaches courses on technology in language teaching and research, language assessment, and research methodology.
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jlevis1 John M. Levis, (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, studies second language pronunciation and speech intelligibility, with a focus on how second language pronunciation research affects the teaching of pronunciation. He is the founder of the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference and is the founding editor of the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. He is co-editor for the Phonetics & Phonology section of the Encyclopedia for Applied Linguistics, and two books, Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (DeGruyter, 2014) and the Handbook of English Pronunciation (Wiley, 2015).
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Ockey_Gary_sm Gary Ockey, (M.A., University of Utah, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles), Associate Professor, investigates second language assessments, with a focus on the use of technology and quantitative methods to better measure oral communication. His co-authored book: Emerging issues in the assessment of second language listening, is expected to be published in 2017. He has published in various journals, including Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Language Assessment Quarterly, Language Testing, and Modern Language Journal. He has served as the Editor of the TOEFL Research Report Series, and is currently an associate editor of Language Assessment Quarterly.
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Ranalli J Jim Ranalli, (M.A., University of Birmingham; Ph.D., Iowa State University), Adjunct Assistant Professor, researches connections between academic writing, self-regulated learning, and instructional technology. His PhD dissertation was awarded the 2012 Christopher Brumfit Award for outstanding doctoral thesis in applied linguistics. His research has appeared in Language Learning & Technology, CALICO Journal, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and other publications. With Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen, he was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate applications of keystroke-logging and eye-tracking software to support ESL student writers and writing instruction.
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schwarte3 Barbara Schwarte, (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Associate Professor of English. Her research interests include the pragmatics of cross-cultural communication and the teaching of critical thinking skills. Barbara is co-author of three ESL and co-produced a teacher-training video series on the Roles of the ESL Teacher.  Her professional activities include serving as President (2000-2001) of the International TESOL Association and as chair for the association’s TESOL 1997 Conference in Orlando, FL. Barbara served as director of Iowa State University’s Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) from July 2004 to August 2013, where she initiated the program’s development of learning outcomes and their assessment and of EFL teacher training short courses.
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tslater3 Tammy Slater, (M.A. and Ph.D., University of British Columbia), Associate Professor, draws upon analytic methods from Systemic Functional Linguistics to investigate and understand the development of academic language through content-based and project-based teaching and learning, particularly in ways that inform and advance the field of literacy education for English language learners. She has published in several journals, including Linguistics and Education and Theory into Practice, and has co-authored chapters in several books.
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 Emeritus Professors

DanPic2 Dan Douglas, (M.A., University of Hawaii, Honolulu; Ph.D., Edinburgh University), Professor Emeritus, studies context in second language acquisition and testing language ability in specific academic and professional contexts. His books include Understanding Language Testing (Routledge 2010) and Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes (Cambridge 2000). He was President of the International Language Testing Association from 2005 to 2006 and again from 2013 to 2015, and Editor of Language Testing from 2002 to 2007.

Roberta Vann, MS, PhD (Indiana), Professor Emerita: literacy and discourse issues related to second language learning.