Ph.D. Students

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Seçil Akinci Secil Akinci holds a B.A. in linguistics from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She worked as an instructor and taught EFL courses at Izmir Institute of Technology for three years. She earned her MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University and has experience teaching ESL courses in the English Department and Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) at ISU. While at Iowa State, she taught ESL courses such as ISUComm (ENGL 150), ENGL 101B/C, and ENGL 99 Reading, Speaking and Listening to undergraduate and graduate students and worked on two research projects. She is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology Program at ISU and working on an engineering education project. Her interests are Engineering Education, Corpus Linguistics, and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
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Lena AlHammad Lena AlHammad is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Lena Holds an MA degree in TESOL from Murray State University and a BA in English Language and Literature from Princess Norah University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She worked as a lecturer at Alkharj University in Saudi Arabia and taught college students English Grammar and conversation skills. Her research interests are CALL and Testing.
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Zaha Alonazi Zaha Alonazi  holds a BA in Languages and Translation and an MA in Applied Linguistics from King Saud University . She taught English courses for students from various levels, intermediate, high school and college students. She taught listening, reading and speaking in addition to some introductory linguistics courses like semantics, morphology and an introductory course in applied linguistics. She has worked as an English lecturer at Majmma University in Saudi Arabia and is currently a PhD Student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Zaha’s major interests include language testing and assessment, second language acquisition, and technology applications in English teaching.
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name 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.
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name Shireen Baghestani is a PhD student 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 multiple international English language tests. Her research interests include rater bias in assessment scoring, rubric creation, and test validation. She is excited to learn more about statistics, corpus linguistics, and assessment-related technologies and apply this knowledge towards the continued development of fair and valid language tests.
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Kimberly Pace Becker Kimberly Pace Becker holds an MA in TESL from Northern Arizona University and a BA in English from Millsaps College. Kim has over ten years experience teaching ESL at the community college and university level. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and corpus linguistics. She has presented at conferences such as CALICO, AAAL, AACL, MidTESOL, and SLRF.
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Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a Ph.D student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. She received her MA in TESOL at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 2017. She also earned her B.A in English Language and Literature at Azad University in Tehran, Iran, her home country. She has taught ESL courses at Cultural and Intensive English Language Program (CIEP) at UNI during her Master’s program. She also has worked as an EFL instrctor for four years in Iran. Currently, her research interests are in corpus linguistics analysis, grammar, and pronunciation, specifically, for EFL learners. She is also interested in literature, arts, and theatre. She has translated three plays by Joao Rei Villar, a 2011 Emmy Award Winner, from English to Farsi/Persian. She is also interested in classic music and plays Santour which is an Iranian traditional instrument.
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Mo Chen Mo Chen is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) program. She holds her first master degree from University of Cincinnati, majoring in TESL and second master degree from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Applied Second Language Acquisition. Before joining ALT program, she taught ESL reading and writing for one semester and Mandarin Chinese for one year at University of Cincinnati. Currently, she is teaching English 101C writing course at Iowa State University as a teaching assistant. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, automated writing evaluation and corpus linguistics.
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Ahmet Dursun Ahmet Dursun is currently a Ph.D. candidate and the Director of the Office of Language Assessment at the University of Chicago, where he is responsible for researching, developing and managing the University’s language assessment programs. His research interests include language assessment, language assessment through technology, test design, test development and validation, and computer-assisted language learning.”
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Idée Edalatishams Idée Edalatishams holds an MA in ELT and a BA in English Translation from Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Her primary research is on spoken language, pronunciation, identity, and ITAs, mainly through corpus linguistics as methodology. She has presented her work in conferences such as PSLLT, AACL, SLRF, CALICO, and TSLL. During her first 4 years in the PhD program, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses, as well as ESL courses focusing on ITAs’ speaking skills and undergraduates’ writing, listening, and reading skills. She has also worked as a graduate communication consultant at the Writing and Media Center and as a speaking/writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College.
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Sondoss 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 Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. Her research interest is mainly second language pronunciation and oral communication assessment.
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Joe Geluso Joe Geluso earned his MA in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has experience teaching English as second/foreign language in the US, Mexico, and Japan. His primary areas of interest are corpus linguistics, SLA, cognitive linguistics, corpus-based language learning, and applied linguistics as a discipline. Joe has presented his work at conferences such as the Second Language Research Forum, American Association of Corpus Linguistics, and JALT, and published in journals including Computer Assisted Language Learning and ReCALL.
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Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney holds an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and a BA in English Language Teaching from Hacettepe University, Turkey. Prior to joining ISU as a PhD student, she worked as a curriculum coordinator and EFL instructor in the School of Foreign Languages at Hacettepe University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language testing, L2 speaking assessment, task design, and test validation. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences such as METU ELT Convention, MwALT, LARC, and TESOL, and published in journals including Language Assessment Quarterly. In her spare time, she enjoys taking landscape photography, hiking, traveling, and more recently trying new recipes from Mexican cuisine..
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Long He Long He is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds master’s degrees in Translating and Interpreting from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and in Education from Carthage College. His research interests include corpus linguistics, language assessment, and CALL. Currently, he is a graduate assistant at Engineering Online Learning.
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Rosalie Hirch Rosalie “Roz” Hirch is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics & Technology, specializing in language assessment. More specifically, she is interested in validation, task design, and diagnostic assessments. She is also interested in corpus linguistics, and is working on several projects related to this field, most notably a project using keyword and cluster analyses for text analysis. She has presented her research at SLRFLTRC, and AAAL.
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Jin_Haeyun Haeyun Jin holds BA and MA degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Fulbright scholar and a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Currently, she works as an ISUComm Foundation Courses instructor and as a research assistant for the American English E-Teacher Program. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and assessment, integrated writing assessment, L2 writing development, and corpus linguistics. She has presented at both local and international conferences such as SSLW, MwALT, and LARC, and published in journals including English for Specific Purposes.
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Leyla Karatay 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 at ISU such as listening and speaking, English 101, and Academic English. She is mostly interested in ESP, second language acquisition, and technology use in language teaching.
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Yasin Karatay Yasin Karatay holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University and an MA in TEFL from Bilkent University in Turkey. He taught a variety of English courses at the tertiary level, including academic reading and writing, grammar, technical English, and English 101. He also taught elective courses such as Sports as a Way of Life, Photography, and Technology for Professional Students. He has presented at local and international conferences, including IATEFL and EuroCALL. He has worked as an EFL instructor and assistant director at Duzce University in Turkey. He is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program and an ESL instructor at Iowa State University. His research interests are automated writing evaluation, CALL use in material development and assessment, and second language acquisition.
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Haeun_Kim Haeun Kim, also known as Hannah Kim, is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a B.A. and a Ed.M. 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. Currently, she is working as a teaching assistant for the ISUComm Foundation courses. Her research interests include language assessment, language processing theories in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and bilingualism.
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Hyunwoo Kim Hyunwoo Kim holds a B.A. in English Language Education from Seoul National University and a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching from International Graduate School of English in South Korea. He is a PhD students in Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He has an official certificate in teaching English and taught English language for 5 years in secondary level EFL courses in South Korea. His research interests include computer-assisted language learning and assessment, L2 writing development, and assessment validation. He currently teaches 101C ESL courses and works as a research assistant.
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Tim Kochem Timothy Kochem holds an MA in TESOL from West Chester University and a BS in Business Management and Human Resources from Wilmington University. He is a second-year ALT PhD student. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His work has been published in journals such as International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, Journal of Interactive Learning Research, GSTF’s Journal on Education, as well as others. Tim’s research interests include TESOL, teacher development, distance education, and computational linguistics. He currently has assistantships for the American English E-Teacher Program and for the Center of Communication Excellence in the Graduate College.
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Ivana Lucic Ivana Lucic holds a B.S. in Business English (University of Mediterranean), and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Montenegro). She earned an M.A. in TESL at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She taught a variety of ESL courses, ISUComm Foundation courses, and is now working as a research assistant. Her primary research interests are in the area of pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology, and she has conducted research on Western South Slavic languages. Currently, she is investigating the influence of visual feedback on pronunciation learning.
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Rania Mohammed Rania Mohammed is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She received her MA degree in TESL and Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University in 2013 and her BA in English language at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior coming to ISU, she has worked for three years as an EFL instructor teaching General English classes to college-level students in Saudi Arabia. She also has taught English for Specific purposes for medical students as well as Medical Terminology courses. Her research interests include prosodic features of formulaic language and material design.
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Ananda Muhammad Ananda Muhammad holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia and an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Her primary areas of interests include CALL, materials design, and language assessment. She has presented at conferences such as MwALT, NCTE, ANS, and CALICO.
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name Reza Neiriz is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Urmia State University, and an MA in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. He is interested in Computerized and Computer-Mediated Language Teaching, and he has developed and researched a computer-mediated academic speaking test. He is also interested in web application development through Asp.Net, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL Server technologies, and has used these technologies to develop language assessment solutions. He has presented at BUSEL and IATEFL conferences about computer-mediated academic productive skills tests. He has also worked as an academic English instructor and course material development and material assessment coordinator at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus.
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Phuong Nguyen Phuong Nguyen received her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She taught academic English and English-for-Specific-Purposes courses to university-level students in Vietnam. Recently, she interned at the Center for Applied Linguistics with WIDA’s ACCESS 2.0 test development team and at Michigan Language Assessment working on Michigan English Test Go! She is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology with a minor in statistics at Iowa State University where she also works as an assistant coordinator for the English Placement Test and instructor for an introductory linguistics course. Her research interests include language assessment, CALL evaluation, and corpus linguistics.
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Altay Altay Ozkul holds a B.A. in English translation & interpreting from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey and an M.A 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.
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Agustinas Prasetyo Agustinus Hardi Prasetyo (Hardi) is a faculty member at the English Language Education Study Program, Teachers Training and Education Faculty, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his Bachelor degree in English Language Education from Sanata Dharma University in 1999, and his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2004. His research interest is second language assessment, second language teacher education, CALL, and second language acquisition.
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Mandy Qian Mandy Qian received her BA in English with a specialization in IT management from Guangdong University Foreign Studies. She graduated from her MA study at ISU in Spring 2012 and is currently a PhD student in the ALT program at ISU. Mandy’s teaching experiences include working with middle school students on English reading, grammar and reading, and with college students on English writing and grammar. Her research experience has been related to designing teaching materials that are to published by the Department of State of America. Mandy’s primary research interests include second language acquisition, pronunciation, language testing and technology.
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Liberato Silva dos Santos Liberato Silva dos Santos is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics & Technology program at ISU. He is also a graduate teaching assistant working as an English writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) in ISU’s Graduate College. He holds a B.A. in English & Portuguese from the Catholic University of Goias, Brazil, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. He also holds a position as en EFL teacher at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Goias (IFG), Brazil. His areas of interest include language assessment and testing, CALL, materials design, and teacher training. He has presented at local and international conferences, such as TSLL, LARC, TESOL, and CALICO. He participated in an eight-week summer internship program at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the summer of 2018. There he worked on item analysis and test-taker response patterns in a smartphone-delivered English placement test. He is currently investigating non-native English speaker performance in a university English placement test (EPT).
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Alif Silpachai Alif Silpachai is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds an MA in theoretical linguistics from the University of Southern California and a BA in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests include pronunciation teaching, computer-assisted language learning, and second language acquisition.
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Jordan Smith Jordan Smith is a PhD student at Iowa State University co-majoring in Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) and Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He holds a BA in English language from Brigham Young University and an MPC (master of professional communication) from Weber State University. His research interests lie primarily in the area of English Language Studies, focusing specifically on using corpus linguistic methods to study issues related to English standardization, variation, and grammar. Outside of school, Jordan enjoys running and fitness, trying to keep up with what people are saying about popular music, and spending time with his wife and three young daughters.
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Kristin Terrill Kristin Terrill studied at Northern Arizona University, earning a BA in English and an MA in English: Professional Writing. Her areas of interest include sociolinguistics, historiolinguistics, and computer science.
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Erin Todey Erin Todey is PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology Program. She holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and a B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include ESP/EAP, discourse analysis (specifically Swalesian genre analysis), academic and self-promotional genres, corpus linguistics, and writing center administration. Erin has taught English in France and Turkey in addition to first-year composition, technical writing, and intensive English courses at ISU.
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Sonca Vo Sonca Vo received her MA in TESL from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA in 2011 as a Fulbright recipient. She has had experience teaching English as foreign language at University of Foreign Languages—the University of Danang, Vietnam for nearly 8 years. Her research interests include pronunciation, corpus linguistics, language assessment, curriculum and materials development, and second language teaching methods. Sonca has presented her work at Annual TESOL Graduate Student Forum, Arizona TESOL Conference, and Australian Council of TESOL Associations International TESOL Conference. She has published in journals such as CALICO, TESL-EJ, and Journal of Australian Council of TESOL Associations. She is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University, USA where she teaches ESL academic writing courses.
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Yongkook Won Yongkook Won holds an MA degree in ELT Materials Development from the International Graduate School of English in Korea and BA degrees in English, law, and statistics. He is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University and teaches ESL writing courses to international students. His research interests include designing algorithms for automated essay assessment and enhancing language teaching and learning using Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) tools.
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Taichi Yamashita Taichi Yamashita is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a BA in English Teaching from Mie University in Japan and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University. He joined Iowa State in Fall 2016. He is interested in second language acquisition, automated writing feedback, and second language assessment.
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Junghun_Yang 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 second language acquisition.
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Ziwei Zhou Ziwei Zhou is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds a Master of Education in TESOL degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China. His research interests include phonology acquisition, pronunciation instruction and pedagogy, music cognition and speech, music-based pedagogical approaches, and critical sociolinguistics. Currently, he is teaching ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication. Prior to this, he has taught English to immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia in the U.S, and local high school students, college students, as well as working adults in China. In addition to teaching and research, he worked with a crew of musicians and arts designers in developing music-based pedagogical products including textbooks, audios and videos, TV shows, etc.
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