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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University

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I am currently a PhD. student in the Second Language Studies program at Michigan State University (MSU). I received an MA in linguistics from the University of Montana and a BA in Spanish and Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University. I have taught courses in English as a second language at both the University of Montana and MSU. I have also taught pedagogical grammar to undergraduate students at MSU. I am currently working at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at MSU, where we develop out of class student-support materials for foreign language students.

Research Interests

I have two main main research interests: humor and research ethics. In terms of humor, I am mostly interested in how it is used by both students and instructors in L2 classrooms. I have largely found that L2 speakers make use of humor at all proficiency levels and that humor has many benefits for the classroom. My second research interest is in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Here, I am interested in the training that SLS researchers have received in RCR and what their current beliefs about research ethics are.

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