Ph.D. Alumni

krisDr. Kristopher Kyle – Spring 2016
Dissertation Title: 
Measuring Syntactic Development in L2 Writing: Fine Grained Indices of Syntactic Complexity and Usage-Based Indices of Syntactic Sophistication
Chair: Dr. Scott Crossley
Present Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Manoa
Email:  kkyle3@student.gsu.edu
Website:  www.kristopherkyle.com
The Applied Linguistics PhD program helped mold me into a well-rounded scholar and gave me the skills and experiences necessary to be competitive on the job market. The faculty are generous with their time and energy and are extremely encouraging with regard to all aspects of academic life. I also very much appreciated the diversity of perspectives and research interests represented by the department.
nicDr. Nic Subtirelu – Summer 2016
Dissertation Title: 
Linguistic diversity and the politics of international inclusion in higher education: A critical sociolinguistic study of international teaching assistants
Chair: Dr. Stephanie Lindemann
Present Affiliation:
Georgetown University
Email:  nsubtirelu1@student.gsu.edu
hardyDr. Jack Hardy – Fall 2014
Dissertation Title: Undergraduate Student Writing Across the Disciplines: Multi-Dimensional Analysis Studies
Chair: Dr. Eric Friginal
Present Affiliation: Emory University
Email:  jack.hardy@emory.edu

I came to Atlanta not well connected to the academic communities of conference presentations and publications. I loved that my time at GSU helped me become an active participant in the field. The opportunities for research and teaching were incredible. While a student, I was even able to cowrite a textbook (Corpus-based sociolinguistics) with my advisor. The curriculum was very broad for a doctoral program. Qualitative and quantitative research were given equal attention, and many discussions came back to the applicability of how research findings could potentially help teach learners or future teachers. This breadth has allowed me to work and teach in a wide range of fields: English, English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Teacher Education, and Faculty Development.

audreyDr. Audrey Roberson – Fall 2014
Dissertation Title: Patterns of Interaction in Peer Response: the Relationship between Pair Dynamics and Revision Outcomes
Chair: Dr. Gayle Nelson
Present Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Email:  audreyroberson@gmail.com
One strength of GSU’s PhD program is that it focuses not only on training us to be researchers, but also to be teachers and contributing members to the field of applied linguistics. When I finished, I felt confident that I had developed skills in all of these areas, which prepared me well for the job market. The faculty played a crucial role in this process, mentoring and working alongside students in a way that allowed us to define and pursue our own interests.
nancyDr. Nancy Yanez-Pinto – Su 2014
Dissertation Title: Personal Practical Knowledge of Graduate Spanish Teaching Assistants: An Issue of Experience
Chair: Dr. John Murphy
Present Affiliation: Georgia State University – Department of Modern and Classical Language
Email:  nyanez1@gsu.edu
cassieDr. Cassie Leymarie
Dissertation Title: Language, Literacy, and Funds of Knowledge: Somali Refugee Women in Clarkston, Georgia
Chairs: Dr. Gayle Nelson & Dr. Eric Friginal
Present Affiliation: Georgia State University/ Somali American Community Center
Email:  cassieleymarie@gmail.com

The PhD program in Applied Linguistics facilitated my growth as a scholar in so many ways. The faculty were very supportive throughout the process and helped me to find my academic voice by encouraging me to publish, present, and hone my teaching abilities in applied linguistics.  I also really appreciated the support I received when I made the decision to conduct a community-engaged research project to complete my dissertation requirements. Overall, the program has helped me to become a well-rounded member of the AL community.

lucianaDr. Luciana Junqueira – Su 2014
Dissertation Title: Academic Literacy Experiences of Undergraduate Students: Comparing Generation 1.5, International, and Native-Speaking Populations
Chair: Dr. Diane Belcher
Present Affiliation: University of Alabama-Huntsville
Email:  lucyjunqueira@yahoo.com.br
wei weiDr. Wei Wei Yang – S 2014
Dissertation Title:  Mapping the Relationships among the Cognitive Complexity of Independent Writing Tasks, L2 Writing Quality, and Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency of L2 Writing
Chair: Dr. Sara Weigle
Present Affiliation: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Email: weiwei.yang@outlook.com
jasonDr. Jason Litzenberg – F 2013
Dissertation Title: An Investigation of Pre-Service English Language Teacher Attitudes towards Varieties of English in Interaction
Chair: Dr. Stephanie Lindemann
Present Affiliation: Yachay Tech, Ecuador & Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) at Kansas State University, USA
Email:  litzenberggsu@gmail.com
brittanyDr. Brittany Polat – S 2014
Dissertation Title: Words of Experience: Semantic Content Analysis and Individual Differences among Second Language Learners
Chair: Dr. Sara Weigle
Present Affiliation: Georgia State University/University of Alabama-Birmingham
Email:  brittanypolat@gmail.com
templesDr. Amanda Lanier Temples – S 2013
Dissertation Title: Constructing Arabic as Heritage: Investment in Language, Literacy, and Identity among Young U.S. Learners.
Chair: Dr. Gayle Nelson
Present Affiliation: Michigan State University
Email:  templesa@msu.edu


Dr. John bunting-CUP-2012-300x300Bunting – S 2013
Dissertation Title: An Investigation of the Integration of Corpus-Based Methodologies into Teacher Practices and Teacher Beliefs about Language Learning
Chair: Dr. Viviana Cortes
Present Affiliation: Georgia State University
Email:  jbunting@gsu.edu
carolineDr. Caroline Payant – S 2012
Dissertation Title: Learner-Learner Interaction: An Exploration of the Mediating Functions of Multilingual Learners’ Languages in an L3 Foreign Language Classroom
Co-Chairs: Dr. You Jin Kim & Dr. Diane Belcher
Present Affiliation: University of Idaho – Department of English – MA TESL
Email:  cpayant@uidaho.edu
kateDr. Kate Moran -F 2012
Dissertation Title: Exploring Undergraduate Disciplinary Writing: Expectations and Evidence in Psychology and Chemistry
Chair: Dr. Viviana Cortes
Email:  kate.moran@gmail.com
elianaDr.Eliana Hirano – F 2011
Dissertation Title: Refugees Negotiating Academic Literacies in First-Year College: Challenges, Strategies, and Resources
Chair: Dr. Diane Belcher
Present Affiliation: Berry College
Email:  ehirano@berry.edu
The program prepared me well for the field. By the time I earned my degree, I had explored the major areas in Applied Linguistics, had tons of teaching experience, several conference presentations, and a few peer-reviewed publications – all of this while being funded as a graduate assistant or a fellow.
laurenDr. Lauren Lukkarila – S 2012
Dissertation Title: Theory to Practice, Practice to Theory: Developing a Critical and Feminist Pedagogy for an English as a Second Language Academic Writing Classroom
Chair: Dr. Diane Belcher
Present Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology
Email:  Lauren.Lukkarila@pe.gatech.edu
liangGuoDr. Liang Guo – F 2011
Dissertation Title: Product and Process in TOEFL iBT Independent and Integrated Writing Tasks: A Validation Study
Chair: Dr. Sara Weigle
Present Affiliation: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China
Email:  guoguo18@gmail.com
NurDr. Nur Yigitoglu – S 2011
Dissertation Title: Exploring Second Language Writing Teacher Cognition
Chair: Dr. Diane Belcher
Present Affiliation:  Bogazici University, Turkey
Email:  nuryigitoglu@gmail.com
amanda Dr. Amanda Baker – S 2011
Dissertation Title: Pronunciation Pedagogy: Second Language Teacher Cognition and Practice
Chair: Dr. John Murphy
Present Affiliation: University of Wollongong (Australia)
Email:  aabaker20@hotmail.com
lijuanDr. Lijuan (Stella) Ye – S 2011
Dissertation Title: Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in the United States
Co-Chairs: Dr. John Murphy & Dr. Sara Weigle
Present Affiliation: Messiah College
Email:  lye@messiah.edu
Having worked for three years as an Assistant Professor in Chinese, I am truly grateful for the preparation and support provided by the faculty in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at GSU. Knowledgeable and patient, they walked me through a solid process of coursework, research methods, dissertation topic development, dissertation writing process, conference presentation, publication, etc. I really appreciate all their hard work, and of course, I strongly recommend this program!
yanbinDr. Yanbin Lu – S 2010
Dissertation Title: Cognitive Factors Contributing to Chinese EFL Learner’s L2 Writing Performance in Timed Essay Writing
Chair: Dr. Sara Weigle
Present Affiliation: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Email:  jennylyb2004@gmail.com
josephDr. Joseph J. Lee – S 2011
Dissertation Title: A Genre Analysis of Second Language Classroom Discourse: Exploring the Rhetorical, Linguistic, and Contextual Dimensions of Language Lessons
Chair: Dr. John Murphy
Present Affiliation: Ohio University
Email:  leej3@ohio.edu
The PhD program in applied linguistics, with its world-class faculty, equipped me with the cognitive, methodological, and pedagogical tools necessary to become both a teacher and scholar.
magdiDr. Magdi Kandil – Su 2009
Dissertation Title: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in American, Arab, and British Media: Corpus-Based Critical Discourse Analysis
Co-Chairs: Dr. Pat Byrd & Dr. Lucy Pickering
Present Affiliation: Arkansas State University
Email: mkandil@astate.edu
I highly recommend the Applied Linguistics PhD program at Georgia State University. This program provides everything students need to build successful academic careers. You get to work closely with well-known scholars who are knowledgeable, flexible, and extremely kind. Their extensive knowledge and ample experience in the field guarantee that you get the guidance you need to be on the right track, but they are also flexible enough to let you explore your own interests and pursue your own passions. Most important of all, everyone in the AL department—grad faculty, IEP and ESL program instructors, and staff members—are just wonderful human beings who make the PhD years such a pleasant experience.
yookDr. Cheongmin Yook – F 2009
Dissertation Title: Korean Teachers’ Beliefs about English Language Education and their Impacts upon the Ministry of Education-Initiated Reforms
Chair: Dr. John Murphy
Present Affiliation: Assistant Professor at Hallym University, Korea.
Email: chmyook@gmail.com
irynaDr. Iryna Kozlova – Su 2008
Dissertation Title: Negotiation of Identities by International Teaching Assistants through the Use of Humor in University Classrooms
Co-Chairs: Dr. Gayle Nelson & Dr. Stephanie Lindemann
Present Affiliation: Carleton University (Canada)
Email: iryna.kozlova@carleton.ca
guilingDr. Guiling Hu – S 2009
Dissertation Title: Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Second Language Listening Comprehension
Chair: Dr. Stephanie Lindemann
Present Affiliation: University of Maryland
At the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL, I had many opportunities to teach different types of undergraduate courses and observe how experienced professors teach American undergraduate students. These experiences gave me a great advantage in the job market. Support from faculty at the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL was amazing. They always had time for me and were always ready to help and support me in researching, teaching, preparing for conference presentations, and searching for a job.
lucinaDr. Luciana Diniz – S 2007
Dissertation Title: Highly Frequent Words in the Light of the Idiom Principle: The Case of “the”
Chair: Dr. Pat Byrd
Present Affiliation: Portland Community College
Email: dinizluciana@gmail.com
zhangDr. Weimin Zhang – F 2008
Dissertation Title: In Search of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teachers’ Knowledge of Vocabulary Instruction
Chair: Dr. John Murphy
Present Affiliation: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Email: zhangwm@tsinghua.edu.cn

PamPearsonPamela Pearson
Areas of Interest
Language Planning & Policy
Educational Linguistics
Teacher Education
Email: ppearson1@gsu.edu

haesungHae Sung Yang
Dissertation Title: Two Perspectives on L2 Writing:A Cross-context Case Study of L2 Writing
Chair: Dr. Diane Belcher
Email:  hyang20@gsu.edu
The Ph.D. program in applied linguistics helped me grow as a scholar and teacher. Teaching experiences in diverse programs enabled me to become a caring and enthusiastic teacher, and dissertation research provided me with a tool to look at the world with a critical lens.

sarahgoodwinSarah Goodwin
Areas of Interest
Language assessment
Second language listening
Second language writing
Applied natural language processing
Email:  sgoodwin8@gsu.edu