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ghinwa1 Ghinwa Alameen (2014) is a lecturer of Arabic at Iowa State University. She has also taught classes in ESL and Linguistics. Her research interests include the integration of technology in teaching listening and pronunciation, teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, online and hybrid course development, instructional material design, and digital literacy. She has published articles in TESOL Journal, The Handbook of English Pronunciation, TESL-EJ and conference proceedings.

Major Professor: John Levis

Dissertation title: The effectiveness of linking instruction on NNS speech perception and production

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yooree Yoo-Ree Chung (2014)  is a postdoctoral researcher for the ISU Graduate College. She has taught ESL courses in reading, listening, and writing at Iowa State and has experience in teaching English to children in South Korea. She was a research/graduate assistant for the English Placement Test (EPT) at ISU in 2006-2013 and worked as a summer intern at Educational Testing Service in June-July 2010. Yoo Ree served as a coordinator of the Fifth Annual TSLL Conference in 2007, was an editor of the 2007 TSLL conference proceedings, presented at CALICO, TSLL/MwALT, AAAL, and LTRC conferences, and co-authored research articles published in Language Testing. Her research interests include language assessment, second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning and testing. She is currently interested in assessing productive grammatical ability in academic ESL writing.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: A test of productive English grammatical ability in academic writing: Development and validation

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Elena Cotos Elena Cotos (2010) is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics Program at Iowa State University. She 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.

Co-Major Professors: Carol Chapelle and Dan Douglas

Dissertation title: Automated Writing Evaluation for non-native speaker English academic writing: The case of IADE and its formative feedback

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richmond Richmond Dzekoe (2013) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He teaches introduction to linguistics, discourse analysis, ESL composition, and advanced communication skills. Richmond has developed an online course in introduction to computer assisted language learning for the University of Ghana. He also works with Cardinal Turkson Foundation to enhance the quality of English language education for children in rural communities in Ghana. His research focuses on multimodal communication and L2 acquisition, revision in L2 writing, and the interface of digital technology and communication in the Christian church.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: Facilitating revision in the English as a second language (ESL) composition classroom through computer-based multimodal composing activities: A case study of composing practices of ESL students

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Hui-Hsien Feng Hui-Hsien Feng (2015) is originally from Taiwan, holds an MA in TESOL at the Ohio State University. She has been the CyWrite project manager and the lead of rule-based natural language processing for two years. She has taught ESL academic writing, reading, and listening courses. Her research interests include computer assisted language learning, second language academic writing, automated writing evaluation, computational linguistics, and corpus linguistics.

Co-Major Professors: Carol Chapelle and Evgeny Chukharev-Khudilaynen

Dissertation title: Designing, Implementing, and evaluating an automated writing evaluation tool for improving EFL graduate students’ abstract writing: A case in Taiwan

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gleason_jesse1 Jesse Gleason (2013)is the Coordinator of the Lower Division Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. Her research interests include: discourse analysis, instructional technology, and systemic functional approaches to language and learning. At UF, she teaches courses on language learning methodology and Spanish.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Dissertation title: Technology and tasks for bridging the language content gap: Teacher-researcher collaboration in a third-year Spanish writing course

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Maja Maja Grgurovic (2010) is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches graduate classes in the MA TESOL Program and supervises student teachers during their practicum. Maja’s research interests are blended language learning, CALL, language assessment, and teacher education. Maja has published in Language Learning and Technology, CALICO, ReCALL, and TESL-EJ.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Technology-enhanced blended language learning in an ESL class: A description of a model and an application of the Diffusion of Innovations theory

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Sarah Huffman Sarah Huffman (2015) is a postdoctoral researcher for the Graduate College’s Center for Communication Excellence at Iowa State University. Her research interests include genre analysis and academic writing instruction, best practices for training graduate student writing tutors, and systemic functional linguistic approaches to language development. Currently, Sarah is the program coordinator for the CCE’s Graduate Peer Mentor Program and trains graduate students in the development of strategies for critically analyzing and providing constructive feedback on colleagues’ disciplinary writing.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Dissertation title: Exploring learner perceptions of and interaction behaviors using the Research Writing Tutor for research article Introduction section draft analysis

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heesungjun2 Hee Sung (Grace) Jun (2014) is a research scientist at the TEPS Center, Seoul National University, South Korea, where she works on the development and validation of TEPS, TEPS-Speaking & Writing, and i-TEPS. She has also taught CALL and TEFL materials and methodology at Ewha Womans University, ESL academic writing and first-year composition at Iowa State University, and ESL academic writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are language assessment, second language writing, and CALL. She has presented and published in these areas at LTRC, MwALT, EUROCALL, TSLL, and PSLLT and in Language Assessment Quarterly.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: A validity argument for the use of scores from a web-search-permitted and web-source-based integrated writing test

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Hye-won Lee Hye-Won Lee (2015) has taught traditional first-year composition and ESL writing courses, and worked as an instructor for ITA speaking courses. Her research interests focus on assessing second language speaking and writing through technology including multimedia tasks and automated writing evaluation (AWE).

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Innovative assessment tasks for academic English proficiency: An integrated listening-speaking task vs. a multimedia-mediated speaking task

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Jinrong_Li Jinrong Li (2012) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. Before that, she taught at Iowa State University and Boston University. Her research interests include computer-mediated communication and second language learning, L2 writing instruction and assessment, and research methods in applied linguistics. She has presented at Second Language Research Forum, AAAL, and Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, and her work has been published in Journal of Second Language Writing, Assessing Writing, CALICO Journal, and International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning & Teaching (IJCALT).

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: The effects of synchronous text-based computer mediated communication tasks on the development of L2 and academic literacy: A mixed methods study

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ZhiLI Zhi Li (2015) is a Language Assessment Specialist at Paragon Testing Enterprises, Vancouver, BC, Canada. From 2010-2015, he worked at Iowa State University as a research/teaching assistant, and prior to that, he was a full-time lecturer at Hunan University of Arts and Science, China. His research interests include language assessment, computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics, and systemic functional linguistics. He has presented his work at a number of professional conferences such as AAAL, LTRC, and TESOL. His research papers have been published in System and Language Learning & Technology.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: An argument-based validation study of the English Placement Test (EPT): Focusing on the inferences of extrapolation and ramification

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stephanie Stephanie Link (2015) is an assistant professor of TESL at Oklahoma State University where she teaches graduate courses in pedagogy, applied linguistics, and research methods. Her primary research interests are in the development and evaluation of emerging technologies for computer assisted language learning with a special focus on L2 writing, genre analysis, systemic functional linguistics, and automated writing evaluation. Her research can be found in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Journal of Second Language Writing, SYSTEM, CALICO Journal, and the CALICO Monograph Series.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Dissertation title: Development and validation of an automated essay scoring engine to assess students’ development across program levels

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edna_lima Edna Lima (2015) is a Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at Ohio University where she teaches writing for research for domestic and international graduate students and oral communication skills for international teaching assistants. Edna has taught English as a Foreign/Second Language for 20 years at a variety of language institutes, programs, and universities. She has presented her research at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, at CALICO, at TESOL, and at other national conferences. Her research interests include CALL, material design, language testing, and technology applied to language learning and teaching, especially to pronunciation instruction.

Major Professor: John Levis

Dissertation title: Development and evaluation of online pronunciation instruction for international teaching assistants’ comprehensibility

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McCrocklin- Profile Pic Shannon McCrocklin (2014) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley where she teaches classes in linguistics and language acquisition. Her interests are pronunciation teaching and applied phonetics and phonology. Her research focuses on improving pronunciation training for students. She has presented at CALICO, NCTE, PSLLT, and AAAL.

Major Professor: John Levis

Dissertation title: The potential of Automatic Speech Recognition for fostering pronunciation learners’ autonomy

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anne_obryan Anne O’Bryan (2010) is an online faculty member with the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s MA Applied Linguistics program where she teaches psycholinguistics. She is also an online faculty member with Colorado State University’s Global Campus where she teaches graduate courses in linguistics, ELL teaching methods, literacy instruction, and assessment as part of the university’s online K-12 ELL certification program. Anne also works as a lecturer in the English department at Iowa State University.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: Investigating the impact of segmented and whole-text repetition on listening comprehension, comprehension processes, and comprehension problems


Moonyoung Park Moonyoung Park (2015) is currently teaching at University of Aizu in Japan as a tenure-track associate professor. He holds an MA degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. He has certificates in teaching English and Korean, and has taught secondary and college level EFL/ESL courses in Korea, Thailand, and the U.S. His research interests include English for Specific Purposes (esp. Aviation English), computer-assisted language learning, task-based language teaching, task-based performance assessment, and language program development and evaluation.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Development and validation of virtual interactive tasks for an aviation English assessment

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Ranalli J Jim Ranalli (2012) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics Program at Iowa State University. He 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.

Co-Major Professors: Carol Chapelle and Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: The VVT Project: A web-based platform for strategy instruction and research into self-regulated learning of L2 vocabulary

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aysel2 Aysel Saricaoglu (2015) is an assistant professor in the English Language Education program at TED University, Faculty of Education (Ankara, Turkey). She holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Mersin University, Turkey and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She pursued her PhD degree in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University as a Fulbrighter. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, automated writing evaluation, computational linguistics, academic writing, and systemic functional linguistics.

Co-Major Professors: Carol Chapelle and Evgeny Chukharev-Khudilaynen

Dissertation title: A systemic functional perspective on automated writing evaluation: Formative feedback on causal discourse

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ksilva2 Karina Silva (2013) is a lecturer in the Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) at Iowa State University (ISU). She teaches English classes in IEOP and courses in IEOP teacher training programs. She has also taught a graduate courses in the English department. Her research interests include teacher education, Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), distance education, and the use of virtual worlds for language learning and teaching. She has published papers in TESL-EJ and the Journal of Digital Learning and Teacher Education. She is currently researching about university undergraduate students’ needs to succeed in their freshman year at ISU.

Co-Major Professors: Carol Chapelle and Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: Preparing language teachers to teach in virtual worlds: Analyzing their content, technological, and pedagogical needs

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ruslan  Ruslan Suvorov (2013) is a Language Technology Specialist at the Center for Language and Technology and at the National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His research interests lie in the areas of instructional technology and design, computer-assisted language learning and testing, blended and online language education, and eye tracking. He presented at various national and international conferences, and published in CALICO Journal, Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Testing, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations Research Notes, TESL-EJ, as well as in conference proceedings and edited volumes. He is a co-author of Blended language program evaluation (with Paul Gruba, Mónica Cárdenas-Claros, and Kath Rick; Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Interacting with visuals in L2 listening tests: An eyetracking study

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Diana Tai Shu-Ju Diana Tai (2013) is a Professor of School of International Education and School of Arts and Law at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Her research focuses on the following areas: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), particularly technology for pronunciation, oral communication, and writing; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); teacher education in CALL through TPACK-in-Action model; Computer Assisted Language Testing (CALT); English for Specific Purpose (ESP); and International Education. She presented at various conferences, including CALICO, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE), and Midwest Association of Language Learning Technology (MwALLT) and published in Language Learning and Technology Journal (LL&T), Proceedings of SITE and ICCE, and the Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) for Educators (2nd edition).

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Dissertation title: From TPACK-in-Action Workshops to English Classrooms: CALL Competencies Developed and Adopted into Classroom Teaching

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Xuan Teng Xuan Teng (2015) holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology and an MA in in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. He has taught first-year Mandarin Chinese courses in Arizona State University and a variety of ESL classes at Iowa State University. His research interests include language testing, computer-mediated communication, the development of oral proficiency, and the use of computer technology for academic writing.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Languaging in cyberspace: A case study of the effects of peer-peer collaborative dialogue on the acquisition of English idioms in task-based Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication

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ErikVoss Erik Voss (2012) is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research interests include language testing and technology, corpus linguistics, validation research, and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). He has presented at national and international conferences including, AsiaTEFL, CALICO, ECOLT, LTRC, MATSOL, MwALT, and TESOL, and published in Assessing Writing, Corpora, Language Testing & Technology, and Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (Teachers College Columbia University), as well as in conference proceedings and encyclopedia chapters. Dr. Voss was a co-organizer of SLRF 2011 held at Iowa State University. He is currently the webmaster for the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and has held office as secretary of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT).

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: A validity argument for score meaning of a computer-based ESL academic collocational ability test based on a corpus-driven approach to test design

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JingXu Jing Xu (2015) is a Senior Research Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment. His research focuses on English language assessment, validity theory, and computer-assisted language learning. Jing has published research papers in refereed journals such as Language Testing and CALICO, authored two book chapters, co-edited a volume, and contributed five entries to the second edition of Greenwood Dictionary of Education. He has also disseminated his research at various conferences including AAAL, AERA, CALICO, ECOLT, LTRC, MwALT, NAFSA, and SLRF.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Dissertation title: Predicting ESL learners’ oral proficiency by measuring the collocations in their spontaneous speech

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