Ph.D. Students


Lena Alhammad

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Lena Alhammad is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at ISU. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from Princess Nora University in Riyadh, and an M.A. in  TESOL from  Murray State University. Her research interests include second language assessment and CALL.


Abdulrahman Alharthi

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Ella Alhudithi

Ella Alhudithi is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University with interests in corpus-based discourse analysis, languages for academic and business purposes, and pedagogy. Her present research examines teacher identity construction through the study of lexicogrammatical features in teaching philosophy statements. In addition to research, she teaches academic writing in the ESL program. Prior to ISU, she completed her MA in TESL/TEFL at Colorado State University, where she studied vocabulary input in EFL K-12 textbooks and instructed a range of language courses. Her work has been published in journals like Language Learning and Technology and Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching and presented at conferences, such as International TESOL, Modern Language Association, and International Linguistic Association. 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

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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

Affiliate

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.


Fatimah Aseeri

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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

Graduate Student [ENGL]
Asiri Ebtehal

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

Graduate Assistant [ELO]

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.


Jeanne Beck

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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.


Kim Becker

Graduate Assistant [G COL]
Kim Becker began the PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology in Fall 2015. Her research interests include corpus linguistics and disciplinary academic writing. She earned an MA TESOL at Northern Arizona University and afterward taught ESL for nearly ten years—primarily at a community college in Nashville, Tennessee—before moving to Ames. Kim has presented her work in conferences such as AACL, SLRF, CALICO, TESOL, AAAL, and TSLL. At ISU, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses, as well as a Global Online Course and MOOC, Using Technology in the English Language Classroom. She is currently working as a communication consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence in the Graduate College.
Kim has one husband, two sons, four chickens, and a poodle. She loves hiking, yoga, kayaking, and reading.  She would be happy to provide advice on navigating life as a graduate student and parent, purchasing a home in Ames, or finding places to hike/kayak in the area.

Fatemeh Bordbariavidi

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University (ISU). She received her MA in TESOL at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 2017. She earned her BA 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 instructor for four years in Iran. She teaches academic writing courses to international graduate and undergraduate students at ISU. She is also a mentor coordinator, teaching assistance, and research assistance for Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom Global Online Course (GOC) at ISU. Her research interests are in corpus linguistics, academic writing, grammatical complexity, and disciplinary variation. She is also interested in literature, arts, and theatre. She has translated and published 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.


Stone Chen

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Denise Coberley

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Nergis Danis is a PhD 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 an EFL instructor for three years at Piri Reis University in Istanbul. During this time, she mostly taught academic reading and writing classes. As a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State, she is teaching composition classes as part of the ISUComm Foundation Communication Program. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, materials design & development, and English for Academic Purposes.


Mahdi Duris

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Mahdi Duris

Mahdi Duris is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) with a research interest in the area(s) of pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology. Specifically, the automation of intelligibility ratings by way of the Acoustic Masking and Intelligibility (AMI) theory. His passion for language developed as a child after living in the US, Senegal, Venezuela and France. He completed an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Saint Cloud State University (2020) while teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from George Mason University (2006) and also obtained a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from Cambridge University (2012). Mahdi has an experience of over 10 years teaching communication skills, financial literacy in Spanish, general and academic English at financial institutions and universities, including Capital One in the D.C. Metropolitan area, Technical and Vocational Training Schools (Jazan and Al-Qassim) and King Saud University (Riyadh) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Emily Dux Speltz

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Emily Dux Speltz is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. 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. Previously, she has enjoyed working as a communication consultant and the graduate assistant director at the Writing and Media Center. She has taught English 150, English 250, and Honors 322. She also works on the ProWrite research team and as the social media and website manager for the Applied Linguistics program.


Idée Edalatishams

Graduate Student [ENGL]

Idée Edalatishams is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology. Her primary research is in the areas of spoken corpus linguistics, pronunciation, and multilingual speakers' oral communication. She has presented her work at conferences such as AAAL, AACL, PSLLT, CALICO, SLRF, and TSLL. During her time in the PhD program, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses as well as graduate and undergraduate ESL courses focused on speaking, 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. Back in her home country, Iran, she was an English Translation major as an undergraduate, got a Master’s in ELT, taught English to adults and young adults at several language institutes and Sharif University. She now works at George Mason University as a Faculty ESL Specialist at the Writing Center.


Thomas Elliott

Graduate Assistant [G COL]

Tom Elliott is an 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 and second language acquisition.


Sondoss Elnegahy

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Garib Ali

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.


Erik Goodale

Graduate Assistant [G COL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Agata Guskaroska is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, first MA degree in Applied Linguistics from FON University and second MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. She taught ESL courses in primary and secondary schools and American literature course at university level. She worked as a Teaching Assistant at FON university in Macedonia and has won Fulbright scholarship in May 2017. Agata’s major interests include computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation and second language acquisition.
Being a sponsored student, she can share advice and tips on anything that you may need as a new international or Fulbright student. Starting a new chapter in your life, adapting to a new educational system and integrating into a new culture, and gathering a pile of documents may be overwhelming and difficult at the beginning. She encourages students to be well-organized, ask questions, and create checklists.
In order to assist newcomers, she and classmate created an iBook called The Ultimate Guide to surviving the first semester at ISU’ where you can find information about any type of assistance that you may need. This iBook is inspired by the authors’ need of support in the first semester. Theyt strongly believe it will provide excellent support for you! It covers many areas, starting from tips on navigating the city, to campus resources, surviving the emotional breakdown, and interesting facts about the American Culture. The iBook can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ultimate-guide-to-surviving-your-first-semester-at/id1364951058?mt=11


Roz Hirch

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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 She originally comes from Canada—Medicine Hat, Alberta, to be exact. She has also lived in Korea and Taiwan.
Roz is single and lives by herself, though she has 2 cats that have lived with her in all of the countries in which she has lived, so among other things, she can give advice about moving when you have pets. She is happy to answer questions about language assessment courses, general coursework, living off-campus, student visa (esp. for Canadians), clothes shopping, pets, and ridiculously cute cat pictures.
 


Shangyu Jiang

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Shangyu Jiang

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.


Haeyun Jin

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Haeyun Jin

Haeyun Jin holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Fulbright scholar and a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Currently, she works for the Online Learning Team and as a research assistant for the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and assessment, integrated writing assessment, 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 Academic Purposes.


Yasin Karatay

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Yasin Karatay holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University and an M.A. 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 theme-based courses such as Sports as a Way of Life, Photography, and Technology for Professional Students. He has presented at local and international conferences, including MwALT, AAAL, IATEFL and EuroCALL. He has worked as an EFL instructor and assistant director at Duzce University in Turkey. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program and a research assistant at Iowa State University. His research interests are computer-based speaking assessment, CALL use in material development and assessment, and English for Specific Purposes.


Leyla Karatay

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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.


Tim Kochem

Graduate Assistant [G COL]
Kochem Tim

Tim Kochem is a Ph.D. candidate in the ALT program. Currently, he is working on his dissertation, a quasi-experimental study exploring teachers’ professional knowledge of English pronunciation pedagogy. He has presented his work at applied linguistics, general education, and distance education conferences, such as CALICO, AAAL, AILA, the Asian Conference on Education (ACE), and the World Conference on e-Learning (e-Learn). He has published his work in journals such as the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, TESL-EJ, and the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. His research areas include L2 pronunciation pedagogy, teacher cognitions, educational technology, classroom-based research, and distance education.

This past year, Tim received a Miller Open Education Grant, which he used to write an online textbook, Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English, for the English for Teaching Purposes course (ENGL180). He was named an OER Trailblazer for his work on this project by ISU’s Open Educational Resources Grant program. He was also a recipient of the English Department Graduate Student Research Grant, which he used to develop a massive open online course, English Pronunciation Pedagogy. The course, which was offered this past summer, had over 2,000 language professionals enrolled from all over the world.


Sebnem Kurt

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Sebnem Kurt is a PhD student at Applied Linguistics and Technology Program (ALT) at Iowa State Univesity. She holds an MA in TEFL from Bilkent University and a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University in Turkey. She is a former FLTA (The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program) scholar and a TESOL certificate holder from Idaho State University. She taught ELF and Turkish as a Foreign Language at Akdeniz University in Antalya for over ten years. Her research interests include pronunciation, suprasegmentals, intonation, and identity.


Widya Kusumaningrum

Graduate Student [ENGL]
Widya Kusumaningrum

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Erika Latham

Erika Latham is a PhD Student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. She has a BA in Linguistics 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 and Oral Communication for ITAs and developed content for high-stakes assessments including ETS’ TOEIC, WIDA’s ACCESS for ELLs, and the DLPT-5. Her research interests include second language testing and pronunciation.


Febriana Lestari

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Febriana

Febriana Lestariis a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Education from STKIP PGRI Jombang, a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Yogyakarta State University (Indonesia), and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from Cambridge Assessment. Prior to joining the program, Febriana worked as a teacher's manager at EF Adults Indonesia. She has gained more than six years of EFL teaching experience. Febriana's research interests center around Project-based Language Learning, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Learning, and material development. She is also excited to learn more about corpus linguistics, language processing, and CALL. She currently serves as a graduate assistant, teaching the ISU Comm Foundation Courses program. Back in 2012, Febriana attended IEOP at ISU sponsored by the United States Department of State. Since then, she had always wanted to come back to ISU as a graduate student. In 2021, her dream came true as she was honored to join the ALT program.


Cindy Lim

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Cindy Lim

Hwee Jean (Cindy) Lim is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. Prior to joining the program, she taught courses in TESL and Educational Technology to undergraduates for over 8 years and taught ESL for 3 years in a high school. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator. 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 in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and technology-mediated teaching and learning.


Ananda Muhammad

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Ananda Muhammad is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She started her PhD after graduating with her MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University as a Fulbright Scholar. She is originally from the wonderful tropical Indonesia where she taught for two years after graduating with a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Hasanuddin. During those two years, she taught people of various ages and backgrounds in different settings: private language schools and higher education. Currently her research interests are in computer-assisted language learning and language assessment, specifically in the area of pragmatics.
She knows quite a bit about life as a Foreign Fulbright Student in the U.S. She served for approximately 2 years as the President of the Fulbright Students and Scholars at ISU organization. She would be happy to share advice about navigating the U.S. academic setting as a Foreign Fulbright Student, Other areas she is happy to share advice on: securing funding from the Graduate College and English Department for conference travels, being a teaching assistant, travelling and visa processes for Indonesians, housing in Ames, and being involved in student organizations.


In Young Na

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
In Young Na

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 University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an in-service public school English teacher in Korea (from 2016 to present) and 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, and World Englishes.


Reza Neirez

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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.


Chris Nuttall

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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

Graduate Student [ENGL]

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.


Hardi Prasetyo

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Agustinus Hardi Prasetyo is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds a Bachelor of Education in English Language Education from Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interests are second language assessment (language assessment literacy) and second language teacher education.


Ivana Rehman

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Ivana Rehman, a PhD Candidate in ALT, holds a BS in Business English (University of Mediterranean), and a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Montenegro). She earned an MA in TESL at St. Cloud State University. She taught a variety of ESL courses, ISUComm Foundation courses, and Introduction to Linguistics, 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.


Maryam Saneie Moghadam

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
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.


Alif Silpachai

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Alif Silpachai is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds an M.A. 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.


Liberato Silva dos Santos

Graduate Student [ENGL]
Liberato

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

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

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 and programming. Her current interests include adaptive systems, motivation, gamification and immersive technologies.


Andrias Tri Susanto

Graduate Student [ENGL]
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

Graduate Assistant [G COL]

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.


Kristin Terrill

Graduate Assistant [G COL]

Kristin Terrill is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She has a BA in English and a MA in Professional Writing, both from Northern Arizona University. Her research is in the area of English for Academic Purposes, with a focus on thesis and dissertation writing. She is currently researching the use of automated writing evaluation (AWE) in tutoring contexts, and is also interested in intelligent tutoring systems (ITS). Kristin has taught composition, English for native speakers of other languages, and an Honors course on preparing scholarship applications. She works as a writing and speaking tutor, specializing in thesis and dissertation writing and applications for nationally competitive awards. Kristin has presented her research at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (2018) conference, the British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (2019) conference, and the International Conference on Writing Analytics (2019).


Junghun Yang

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]
Yang Junghun

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

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]
Shuhui Yin

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.


Zoë Zawadzki

Graduate Assistant [ENGL]

Zoë Zawadzki is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University with an interest in pronunciation and computer-assisted language learning. She holds a B.A. in French and Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. She spent 1 year teaching English in France to primary school students. Zoe has presented at conferences such as PSLLT, TESOL, and MEXTESOL. Currently, she teaches ISUCOMM foundation courses (Engl 150/250) and is also a member of the Online Learning Team.