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Alumni in alphabetical order; year of graduation in parentheses

Dr. Seongmee Ahn (2013)
Dissertation title: L2 pragmatic development through conversational interaction: Heritage language background and explicitness of feedback  
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Shawn Loewen, Ok-Sook Park, Charlene Polio, and Paula Winke
Email: ahnseongmee@gmail.com
-Last updated: 5/6/13

Dr. Grace (Eunhee Lee) Amuzie (2012)
Current position: Adjunct Faculty in TESOL at Cornerstone University
Dissertation title: Transfer at the lexical level in Korean learners' L2 indefinite article use in English
Dissertation committee: Patti Spinner (Chair), Debra Friedman, Susan Gass, and Paula Winke
Email: grace.lee@cornerstone.edu
-Last updated: 12/15/12

Dr. Jennifer Behney (2011)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Youngstown State University
Dissertation title: L2 gender facilitation and inhibition in spoken word recognition 
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Patti Spinner, Rebecca Foote (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Joseph Francese
Email: jbehney@ysu.edu
Web: http://www.msu.edu/~behneyje
Phone: (330) 941-3464
-Last updated: 8/17/12

Dr. Scott Chien-Hsiung Chiu (2011)
Current position: Fixed-term Assistant Professor, The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University
Dissertation title: Negotiating linguistic certainty for ESL writers at the Writing Center
Dissertation committee: Charlene Polio (Chair), Debra Friedman, Trixie Smith, David Sheridan, and John Hale (Cornell University)
Email: chiuchie@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 355-2400
-Last updated: 6/3/11

Dr. Xiaoqing (Andy) Chen (2013)
Dissertation title: Chinese EFL learners' noticing of recasts: Its relation to target structures, uptake, and working memory capacity
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Charlene Polio (Co-chair), Xiaoshi Li, and Paula Winke
Email: chenxia6@msu.edu
-Last updated: 5/6/13

Dr. Sara Hillman (2011)
Current position: Assistant Professor, The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, Michigan State University
Dissertation title: "Ma sha Allah!" Creating community through humor practices in a diverse Arabic language Flagship classroom 
Dissertation committee: Debra Friedman (Chair), Brahim Chakrani, Susan Gass, Paula Winke
Email: hillma20@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 775-0034
-Last updated: 8/15/11

Dr. Ching-Ni Hsieh (2011)
Current position: Research Program Manager, Center for English Language Learning and Assessment, Research and Development Division, Educational Testing Service
Dissertation title: Rater effects in ITA testing: ESL teachers' versus American undergraduates' judgments of accentedness, comprehensibility, and oral proficiency
Dissertation committee: Paula Winke (Chair), Susan Gass, Debra Hardison, Debra Friedman, and Daniel Reed
Email: chsieh@ets.org
Phone: (609) 734-5946
-Last updated: 6/12/12

Dr. Solène Inceoglu (2014)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dissertation title: Effect of multimodal training on the perception and production of French nasal vowels by American English learners of French 
Dissertation committee: Debra Hardison (Chair), Aline Godfroid, Shawn Loewen, Ann Violin-Wigent
Email: inceoglu@msu.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/soleneinceoglu
Phone: Coming soon.
-Last updated: 7/30/14

Dr. Jimin Kahng (2014)
Current position: Assistant Professor, TESL/TEFL Program, Northeastern Illinois University
Dissertation title: Exploring the production and perception of second language fluency: Utterance, cognitive, and perceived fluency  
Dissertation committee: Debra Hardison (Chair), Susan Gass, Patti Spinner, Paula Winke
Email: kahngji@msu.edu
Web: Coming soon
Phone: Coming soon
-Last updated: 7/30/14

Dr. Nobuhiro Kamiya  (2012)
Current position:  Associate Professor, The Department of International Communication, English Communication Course, Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Gunma, Japan
Dissertation title: The relationship between stated beliefs, classroom practices, and reading research studies of oral corrective feedback in four ESL teachers
Dissertation committee: Shawn Loewen (Chair), Debra Friedman (Co-Chair), Susan Gass, and Senta Goertler
Email: kamiya@fic.gpwu.ac.jp
Web: http://www.gpwu.ac.jp
Phone: 81-270-65-8511
-Last updated: 8/16/12

Dr. Soo Hyon Kim  (2013)
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of New Hampshire
Dissertation title: Metacognitive knowledge in second language writing
Dissertation committee: Charlene Polio (Chair), Paula Winke, Shawn Loewen, Susan Gass
Email: soohyon.kim@unh.edu
Web: http://cola.unh.edu/faculty-member/soo-hyon-kim
Phone: 603-862-5290
-Last updated: 9/3/13

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lavolette (2014)
Current position: Director, Language Resource Center, Language Resource Center, Gettysburg College
Dissertation title: Effects of feedback timing and type on learning ESL grammar rules
Dissertation committee: Senta Goertler (Co-Chair), Charlene Polio (Co-Chair), Susan Gass, and Paula Winke
Email: betsylavolette@gmail.com
Phone: (808) 224-0949
-Last updated: 7/30/14

Dr. Junkyu Lee (2009)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education (English Education Concentration), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea
Dissertation title: The second language acquisition of complex nominals: The architecture of the L2 lexicon, individual difference, and L2 development
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Eve Zyzik, Rebecca Foote, Shawn Loewen
Email:  junkyu@hufs.ac.kr 
-Last updated: 3/2/11

Dr. Shaofeng Li (2010)
Current position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Applied Language Studies, The University of Auckland
Dissertation title: Corrective feedback in perspective: The interface between feedback type, proficiency, the choice of target structure, and learners' individual differences in working memory and language analytic ability
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Xiaoshi Li, Shawn Loewen, Patti Spinner, Paula Winke
Email: s.li@auckland.ac.nz
Web: http://artsfaculty.auckland.ac.nz/staff/?UPI=sli161&Name=Shaofeng%20Li
-Last updated: 9/9/10

Dr. Kimi Nakatsukasa (2013)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University
Dissertation title: Efficacy of gestures and recasts on the acquisition of L2 grammar
Dissertation committee: Shawn Loewen (Chair), Susan Gass, Paula Winke, Debra Hardison
Email: kimi@msu.edu
Web: coming soon
Phone: coming soon
-Last updated: 8/5/13

Dr. Tomoko Okuno (2013)
Current position: Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University
Dissertation title: Acquisition of L2 vowel duration in Japanese by native English speakers
Dissertation committee: Debra Hardison (Co-Chair), Mutsuko Endo Hudson (Co-Chair), Susan Gass, Yen-Hwei Lin
Email: okuno@msu.edu
Web: coming soon
Phone: (517) 353-0805
-Last updated: 8/6/13

Dr. Luke Plonsky (2011)
Current position: Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, English Department, Northern Arizona University
Dissertation title: Study quality in SLA: A cumulative and developmental assessment of designs, analyses, reporting practices, and outcomes in quantitative L2 research 
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Co-Chair), Shawn Loewen (Co-Chair), Paula Winke, Spyros Konstantopoulos, Frederick L. Oswald (Rice University)
Email: luke.plonsky@nau.edu
Web: http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/ldp3/
Phone: (928) 523-6265
-Last updated: 8/15/11

Dr. Mark Shea (2011)
Current position: Coordinator of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Visiting Lecturer in English, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 
Dissertation title: Cohesion in second language writing 
Dissertation committee: Charlene Polio (Chair), Debra Friedman, Shawn Loewen, Paula Winke
Email: markshea@mtholyoke.edu
Phone: (413) 538-3541
-Last updated: 8/24/11

Dr. Tetyana Sydorenko (2011)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University
Dissertation title: Exploring the potential of rehearsal via automatized structured tasks versus face-to-face pair work to faciliate pragmatic and oral development 
Dissertation committee: Susan Gass (Chair), Senta Goertler, Shawn Loewen, Paula Winke
Email: tsydorenko@pdx.edu
Web: http://pdx.edu/linguistics/tetyana-sydorenko
Phone: (503) 725-4098
-Last updated: 3/2/12

Dr. Jamie Thomas (2013)
Current position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, International & Global Studies, Middelbury College
Dissertation title: Becoming Swahili in Mexico City and Dar es Salaam: Identity in the learning of a globalized language through an African studies program
Dissertation committee: Debra Friedman (Chair), Carol Myers-Scotten, Susan Gass, Deo Ngonyani
Email: jathomas@middlebury.edu
Phone: (802) 443-5586
-Last updated: 12/18/13

Dr. Amy S. Thompson-Öztan (2009)
Current position: Associate Professor and Applied Linguistics Section Head, Department of World Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida
Dissertation title: The multilingual/bilingual dichotomy: An exploration of individual differences
Dissertation committee: Paula Winke (Chair), Susan Gass, Debra Hardison, Debra Friedman, Cristina Sanz (Georgetown University)
Email: athompson@usf.edu
Web: http://languages.usf.edu/people/athompson/
Phone: (813) 974-3658
-Last updated: 6/13/14

Dr. Emma Trentman (2012)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of New Mexico
Dissertation title: Study abroad in Egypt: Identity, access, and Arabic language learning
Dissertation committee: Debra Friedman (chair), Brahim Chakrani, Susan Gass, Senta Goertler, Xiaoshi Li
Email: etrentman@unm.edu
-Last updated: 8/23/12

Dr. Maren Schierloh Uggen (2011)
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of German, Kalamazoo College
Dissertation title: Attention to irregular verbs by beginning learners of German: An eye-movement study 
Dissertation committee: Aline Godfroid (Co-Chair), Paula Winke (Co-Chair), Debra Hardison, Susan Gass
Email: maren.uggen@kzoo.edu
Web: http://web.me.com/cuggen/m.uggen.phd
Phone: (269) 337-7051
-Last updated: 8/9/12

Dr. Baburhan Uzum (2013)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations, Sam Houston State University
Dissertation title: Foreign language teacher socialization: A multiple case study of foreign language teachers in an American higher education institution 
Dissertation committee: Debra Hardison (Chair), Paula Winke, Patti Spinner, Colleen Tremonte (James Madison College, Michigan State University)
Email: baburhanuzum@gmail.com
Web: https://www.msu.edu/~baburhan/
-Last updated: 8/5/13

Dr. Benjamin White (2010)
Current position: Academic Program Director, INTO Marshall University Center and Assistant Professor, Department of English, Marshall University
Dissertation title: In Search of Systematicity: A Conceptual Framework for the English Article System 
Dissertation committee: Debra Hardison (Chair), Susan Gass, Charlene Polio, Xiaoshi Li, Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan)
Email: whitebe@marshall.edu
Web: http://www.marshall.edu/mu-advance/people-Dr-Benjamin-White.htm
Phone: (304) 696-2357
-Last updated: 6/9/14