Welcome to my WordPress site. My academic background is in applied linguistics, particularly second language learning and teaching. I earned my Ph.D in the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and my M.S. in Education/TESOL from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan.
Specific research areas I focus on include: (a) instructed second language acquisition, (b) learner individual differences, and (c) language teacher training. Within these interrelated areas, I have presented and published on task-based language teaching, working memory, teacher cognition, computer-assisted language learning, and second language writing, among other topics. Under the supervision of Dr. Richard Schmidt, I completed my dissertation on learner awareness and individual differences in second language construction learning.
Throughout my work, I draw on over a decade’s worth of experience in a variety of academic settings in the United States and Japan, having served as a grading coordinator, language instructor, and curriculum developer. In addition, I’ve designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on academic writing, second language teaching, and second language acquisition.
I have also contributed as a managing editor for Language Learning & Technology (NFLRC/CLEAR). Recent editorial projects include a special issue on task-based classroom realities for TESOL Quarterly (Wiley) and a book on cognitive individual differences for the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition series (John Benjamins).