Sara Afifi is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. She holds an associate’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning with a focus on second language writing and the use of automated writing evaluation systems for assessing and improving students' academic writing abilities. Prior to joining ISU, she worked as a teaching assistant in an academic writing course at Shiraz University’s Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics and also taught English to children and adults at several English language institutes and Shiraz University Language Center.
Abdulrahman Alharthi is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He has a bachelor's degree in English Language from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His research interests include language assessment (in particular listening tasks in high-stake tests such as IELTS and TOFEL), L2 listening comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, language motivation, and Directed Motivational Currents (DMC).
Ella Alhudithi is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program with interests in language pedagogy, corpus linguistics, genre theory, and written discourse analysis. Her present research integrates a genre and corpus-based approach to examine the rhetorical structural moves and their linguistic realizations in university faculty's teaching statements. In addition to her studies, she works as an Interdisciplinary/English Writing Consultant at ISU's Center for Communication Excellence and as an academic writing instructor in the English Department. Prior to ISU, she completed her MA in TESL/TEFL at Colorado State University, where she studied L2 vocabulary input in 36 K-12 textbooks and instructed different language courses. Her work has been published in journals like LLT (Language Learning and Technology) and SSLLT (Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching) and presented at conferences, such as American Pragmatics Association, International Linguistic Association, Modern Language Association, and International TESOL. Outside of academia, Ella loves hiking, meditating, traveling, and discovering new places and cultures. Spending time with her dog and cat is also one of her great joys.
Mutleb Alnafisah is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He is primarily interested in language assessment and pronunciation. He is also interested in English for medical purposes. He holds a BA in English and Translation from Qassim University and an MA in Linguistics and TESOL from Southern Illinois University. He taught basic English language courses for two years for college-level students in Saudi Arabia. Mutleb has presented some of his research at the conferences of ILLS and ICQI.
Stacy Amling is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds Master’s degrees in Applied Spanish Linguistics and TESOL from Michigan State University. Her professional interests include technology education for in-service foreign language teachers, L2 writing, technology integration into the language classroom, and developing state standards for foreign language instruction. She has taught ESL and Spanish to learners of all ages from elementary to adult learners, and she currently works full-time as a Spanish Professor at Des Moines Area Community College and serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa World Language Association, which is the state-level professional organization for Iowa foreign language teachers.
I am a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. I hold a bachelor's degree in Translation from King Saud University in Riyadh, and an M.A in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. I taught many courses to undergraduate students such as writing, vocabulary, applied linguistics, and scientific and legal translation. My research interests include language assessment literacy, the assessment of speaking and the role of corrective feedback in second language learning.
Ebtehal Asiri is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at ISU. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Translation from King Khaled University, Saudi Arabia, and a Master's degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Shireen Baghestani is a PhD candidate in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program with interests in language testing and corpus linguistics. Prior to joining Iowa State, she worked as an item writer and rater for various international English proficiency tests. Her research interests include rater bias in assessment scoring, rubric creation, and test validation.
Jeanne Beck holds an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Education Administration from William Woods University, and a Master’s degree in TESOL Education, a BS in Middle School Education, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Missouri. She has taught English as a second or foreign language at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea; on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Nagano, Japan; and in rural Missouri public schools. Her interests include CALL, technology education for teachers, project based learning, EL policy, and rural English language learners and teachers. She currently serves as an Edtech chair and board member for MIDTESOL, and has presented at TESOL, MIDTESOL, JALTCALL, and other conferences. She helped co-author an English textbook in South Korea and has written for Language Magazine and for the MIDTESOL website.
Wren Bouwman is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. She has a BA in English and an MA in TESL / Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University, where she used corpus-based methods to compare morphological expressions of imperative speech acts in Gothic. Her interests include writing processes and evaluation, historical linguistics (particularly Old English and Gothic), and higher education pedagogy.
Kate Challis has a BA in French Teaching and a minor in TESOL K-12 (BYU ’09) and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics (ISU '22). She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Czech and is passionate about the intersection of data science methods and second language acquisition.
Zhi (Stone) Chen is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics & Technology. He has a BE in Materials Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Before coming to Iowa State, he worked as the senior director of Wall Street English Training Center in Beijing, China. His interests include second language acquisition, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.
Denise Coberley is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. She has a master's in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Her interests are in science communication and the language of science policy. Her work has included the use of corpus linguistic analysis to determine grammatical features of agricultural and conservation communication within University Extension. Denise was a high school science teacher for 23 years before coming back to continue her education in 2018.
Nergis Danis is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and a BA in Western Languages & Literatures from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Before coming to Iowa State, she worked as a lecturer at Piri Reis University in Istanbul, where she taught academic reading and writing classes. Here at ISU, she has taught a variety of academic writing and speaking classes in addition to working as an academic communication consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence at ISU. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, register variation, English for Academic Purposes, and Systemic Functional Linguistics. She has published her work in journals like English for Specific Purposes and the International Journal of Applied Linguistics. She has also presented at local and international conferences, such as AAAL, the International Corpus Linguistics Conference, and TSLL.
Nadezhda Dobrynina is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. In 2019, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russia. She also holds a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and a Master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University.
Mahdi Duris is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics & Technology, specializing in research on second language pronunciation. His research is specifically focused on the automation of intelligibility ratings through the Acoustic Masking and Intelligibility (AMI) theory and the development of Mispronunciation Detection and Diagnosis (MDD) systems. He is a research assistant to Dr. John Levis (NSF-funded project) and Dr. Volker Hegelheimer (U.S. Department of State-funded project).
Emily Dux Speltz
Emily Dux Speltz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. Her research interests center around the applications of writing-process research to computer-assisted writing pedagogy. She currently works on the ProWrite research team and as the lab manager for PACE Lab, and she is a research assistant and co-instructor for ENGL 222X (Artificial Intelligence and Writing). Previously, she has taught ENGL/LING 120 (Computers and Language), English 150 (Critical Thinking and Communication), English 250 (Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition), and Honors 322 (a seminar about philosophy and ethics in NBC's The Good Place). She has also enjoyed working as a communication consultant and the graduate assistant director at the Writing and Media Center.
Tom Elliott is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He received B.A.s in Linguistics and French, and an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the program, he worked as an ESL tutor for the America China Exchange Society. His current interests include corpus linguistics methodology, natural language processing, and syntax.
Sondoss Elnegahy holds a BA in Linguistics and Translation from Helwan University, Egypt. Graduating the first runner-up on her class, she was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department. She taught English courses to different faculties at Helwan University. In 2012, she was accepted to participate in the "English Language Teaching Materials Development: Principles, Tools, and Technologies" online course provided by English Department here at ISU, which was followed by "English Language Materials Development" workshop at ISU campus. This was a turning point for Ms. Elnegahy since it planted a dream for her to come back to ISU one day. As a Fulbright grantee, she obtained her MA degree from the University of Delaware. Her dream came true as she is currently honored to be back to ISU as a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. Her research interest is mainly second language pronunciation and oral communication assessment.
Andrea Flinn is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Andrea holds an MA degree in TESOL from San Francisco State University and a BA in Communication from Cornell University. She has taught at SFSU and the University of Jordan, as a Fulbright fellow. She is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s in Teaching Arabic as a Second Language at Middlebury College, and has amused refugees with her broken Arabic while volunteering at community centers in Jordan and Southern California. Her research interests include CALL, pronunciation, and corpus linguistics.
Ali Garib is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds an MA in Linguistics from Arizona State University and an MA in TESOL and Educational Technology from the University of Manchester. Ali is a Fulbright and Chevening alumnus. His primary research interests span the areas of technology-assisted project-based language learning (PBLL), computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and mobile-assisted language learning (MALL). In addition to teaching ENGL99S, ENGL101C, and SPCM212 at ISU, Ali has been a Digital Facilitator for World Learning | Global Exchange Program.
Ben Godard holds a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Northern Iowa. He has a strong interest in second language acquisition. The primarily focus of his Master's degree research paper was the pronunciation of French vowels by native English speakers from Iowa.
Ben has also a passion for music. His main instrument is the guitar and he likes 50's style instrumental and surf rock music.
Erik Goodale is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He earned his MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics also at ISU in the spring of 2019. Erik's research interests include pronunciation and how technology can be used by learners to better improve their comprehensibility.
Agata Guskaroska is a Fulbright alumna, currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. She holds two MA degrees, one in General Linguistics and the other one in Applied Linguistics/TESL. She has taught EFL and composition courses, as well as a Global Online Course and MOOC, Using Technology in the English Language Classroom. She has been working as a speaking, writing and nationally competitive awards consultant at the Center for Communication excellence and currently serves as a postdoc communication consultant. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation teaching, and sociolinguistics.
Shangyu Jiang is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Southwest Jiaotong University and a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University. His main research interests include corpus linguistics and register variation. Prior to joining ISU, he has taught EFL courses to undergraduate students in China.
Leyla Karatay holds a BA from Ataturk University in Turkey and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She has experience as an instructor at Duzce University in Turkey, and has taught different English courses such as listening and speaking, English 101, and Academic English. She is interested in computer-assisted language testing, specifically assessment of integrated listening & speaking skills. She has presented at local conferences such as MwALT and TSLL.
Haeun Kim, also known as Hannah Kim, is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA and a EdM in English Language Education from Kyungpook National University. Before joining the program, she taught English to middle and high school students in South Korea for six years. She worked as a teaching assistant for the ISUComm Foundation courses for two years. Currently, she is working for the Online Learning Team (OLT) and the Writing and Media Center (WMC). Her research interests include language assessment, language processing, corpus linguistics, and bilingualism.
Gi Jung Kim
Gi Jung Kim has been teaching English at secondary schools in Korea for almost 10 years, and his research interests concentrate on classroom-based language assessment, language testing, and the use of technology in language teaching and assessment.
Sebnem Kurt is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology Program (ALT) at Iowa State University. She holds an MA in TEFL from Bilkent University in Turkey. She is a former Fulbright scholar and a TESOL certificate holder from Idaho State University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, automated speaking evaluation, and Natural Language Processing.
Widya Kusumaningrum is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She joined the ALT program as a Fulbright scholar in 2021. She holds Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and in English Language Education from Universitas Negeri Semarang (Indonesia) and a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Education from Universitas Negeri Semarang (Indonesia). Before coming to ISU, she taught undergraduate courses at Universitas Tidar (Indonesia). Her research interests are language assessment, second language pronunciation, and technology-based assessment.
Erika Latham joined the ALT PhD program in Fall 2021. She holds a BA in Linguistics with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in TESL from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to ISU, she taught university courses in ESL Writing for undergraduates and Oral Communication for International Teaching Assistants. She has also developed content for high-stakes assessments including ETS’s TOEIC, WIDA’s ACCESS for ELLs, and the DLPT-5. Her research interests include second language assessment (especially listening comprehension) and pronunciation.
Febriana Lestari is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Yogyakarta State University. In addition to her academic degree, she also holds some international EFL/ESL teaching qualifications from Cambridge University, i.e., TEFL and CELTA. She has more than seven years of EFL/ ESL teaching experience. Her current research interests center around cognitive linguistics of construction grammar, corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, and the intertwinement of the latter two—Learner Corpus Research (LCR). She has taught grammar and writing courses for ESL students and ISU Communication Foundation Courses at ISU.
Hwee Jean (Cindy) Lim
Hwee Jean (Cindy) Lim is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology, co-majoring in Human-Computer Interaction. She is currently an instructor for the ISUComm Foundation Courses and works for the Online Learning Team (OLT). Prior to joining the program, she taught courses in TESL and Educational Technology to undergraduates for over eight years and taught ESL for three years in a high school. She holds a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a B.A. (Hons.) in English Language from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia. Her research interests are Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and technology-mediated teaching and learning.
Ananda Astrini Muhammad
Ananda Astrini Muhammad is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She started her Ph.D. after graduating with an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University as a Fulbright Scholar. She is originally from Indonesia where she taught after graduating with a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Hasanuddin. In this EFL setting, she taught people of various ages and backgrounds in different settings: private language schools and higher education. Her research interests are in computer-assisted language learning and second language assessment, specifically in the area of L2 pragmatics.
Inyoung Na holds a BA in English Education from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea, and an M.A. in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an in-service public school English teacher in Korea (from 2016 to present) and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Her research interests are second language pronunciation and speech intelligibility, language attitudes, World Englishes, psycholinguistics, and language testing and assessment.
Duong (Zoe) Nguyen
Duong (Zoe) Nguyen is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. Duong holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Michigan State University and a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education in Vietnam. Before coming to the US under Fulbright Student Program, Duong taught general English for different levels of students at a gifted high school for four years and at a bilingual middle school for one year. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Data-Driven Learning, Second Language Writing, and Genre Analysis.
MacKenzie Novotny is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She has a master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics and bachelor's degrees in French and Linguistics from Iowa State University. Currently, her research interests include computer-assisted pronunciation teaching (CAPT) and automatic pronunciation evaluation at the segmental level. Having been at Iowa State since 2015, she has enjoyed working as a research assistant for a variety of projects, meeting many wonderful professors, and exploring Iowa State's beautiful campus. After taking a gap year to live in the Seattle area, she is excited to return to Ames and continue working, networking, and exploring.
Chris Nuttall is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) program. He is the recipient of three degrees from Brigham Young University, including a BA in Portuguese, a BA in Philosophy, and an MA in TESOL. Before studying at ISU, he worked as a lecturer in UC Davis’ University Writing Program (UWP). As a lecturer in the UWP, Chris was tasked with helping freshly matriculated ESL students improve their writing skills. His research interests include corpus linguistics, discipline-specific writing, and writing evaluation. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing music and spending time outdoors with his family.
Altay Ozkul holds a BA in English translation & interpreting from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey and an MA in TESL/AL from Iowa State University. He has work experience as a freelance translator & interpreter and English tutor. He has also worked as a lecturer at Iowa State University and taught first-year composition and oral communication strategies courses. His main areas of interest are CALL and teaching writing.
Qi Qi (pronounced "chi") is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College of Columbia University and a BA in International Education of Chinese from Hebei University of Technology. Prior to joining the program, Qi worked with adult immigrants as an ESL instructor. She also taught Mandarin Chinese to heritage speakers and speakers of other languages. Her research interest is second language assessment, especially oral communication assessment.
Maryam Saneie Moghadam
Maryam Saneie Moghadam is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at ISU. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature and an M. A. in Applied Linguistics from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, metaphor studies and second language academic writing.
Burak Senel has 10 years of experience teaching English at various levels, including college and K-12, with a focus on high-stakes language tests such as TOEFL. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language Teaching from TED University, Turkey, and a Master's degree from the University of Arizona in Natural Language Processing obtained through a Fulbright Scholarship. Currently, Burak is a doctoral student at ISU in Applied Linguistics and Technology, with a general focus on artificially intelligent agents, robotics, and virtual reality in language education. His work in the field of AI in education has been acknowledged through media recognition as an early adopter.
Liberato Silva dos Santos
Liberato Silva dos Santos is a Ph.D. student in the ALT program. He is also an academic writing and speaking consultant, and a Portuguese and English instructor. His research interests include language assessment and testing, assessment literacy, computer-assisted language learning and testing, and written and oral academic communication. He has presented his research at TSLL, LARC, TESOL, CALICO, and Siabralitec, among other venues, and has published in EJALTEFL. In 2018, he was a language assessment Summer intern at ETS. He holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Brasilia, and a B.A. in Language Teacher Education from the Catholic University of Goiás, Brazil. In his spare time, Liberato enjoys dining out with friends, going on walking tours, reading comics and graphic novels, and watching movies and TV series. He is also an enthusiastic, beginner level Muay Thai practitioner.
Noëmie Sollier holds a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages from Lyon 3 University, France, and an MA in French Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently co-majoring in Human-Computer Interaction. Noëmie is passionate about second language learning, UX and programming. Her research centers around the different mechanisms that can be used to improve the learning experience for informal language learners and learning communities. Noëmie pursues research on adaptive systems, motivation, game-based learning and gamification, fan practices and immersive technologies.
Andrias Tri Susanto
Andrias Tri Susanto is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor's degree in English Education from State University of Malang in Indonesia. He has been involved in the world of teaching English since 2007 with students from various academic backgrounds and teacher training since 2014. His main interests include English grammar learning, computer assisted language learning (CALL), and English for specific purposes (ESP), as well as critical thinking in language learning.
April Tan is a Ph.D. student co-majoring in Applied Linguistics and Technology and Human-Computer Interaction. She holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and a B.A. in Creative Advertising with a concentration in Graphic Design from Drake University. Her academic interests include the development of educational applications, game-based learning, and research-based UX/UI design. She currently works at the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) as an Academic Communications Consultant.
Junghun Yang is a Ph. D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. He holds an MA in English with Linguistics specialty from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a BA in English from Hallym University in South Korea. His research interests include corpus linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and project-based language learning. Currently, he is working as a research assistant for Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom Global Online Course sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provided by ISU and an editorial assistant for the Journal of Supply Chain Management.
Shuhui Yin is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She received her master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in Foreign Languages from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her primary research interests are corpus-informed research in second language writing, genre analysis, and English for Academic Purposes. She has experience in teaching EFL courses to learners at secondary and undergraduate levels.
Zoe Zawadzki is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Her research interests include pronunciation, specifically intelligibility and suprasegmentals, and computer-assisted language learning, especially the integration of technology into pronunciation teaching. Zoe is currently the editorial assistant for the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (JSLP). She holds a B.A. in French and Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. She spent one year teaching English to children in France. Zoe has presented at conferences such as PSLLT, TESOL, and MEXTESOL and published her work in the PSLLT proceedings and Speak Out!