I research and support accessible and inclusive teaching and learning broadly and I also have a specific interest in disability-inclusive second/foreign/additional language teaching pedagogy.
In June 2020, I began work as the Assistant Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University (MSU). In my wide-ranging work at CeLTA, I am particularly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (including but not limited to disability-inclusion) in foreign language learning.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies (SLS) at MSU. In 2018, I conducted an assets-based investigation into the resources that two disabled language learners brought with them to their learning environments. In 2020, I collected and analyzed survey data which allowed me to explore, through a Critical Disability Theory lens, educators’ knowledge, experience, and preparedness for accessible language teaching.
At MSU, I have taught several iterations of an undergraduate language teaching methodology course and in 2020, I developed and taught a short course on race, language, and disability. In 2022-23, I am developing a course on Accessibility for Additional Language Learning and Teaching in conjunction with my College of Arts and Letters Inclusive Pedagogy Fellowship.
I earned my MA in Linguistics with a specialization in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. I taught for many years in various English programs in Chicago, and I completed two U.S. State Department English Language Fellowships in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Photography credit: headshot by Stephanie Gasparich.