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Visiting Scholar Rod Ellis at MSUThe Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University (MSU) welcomes three types of visiting scholars to our program.

  1. Faculty within the program may invite visitors to work on specific projects or to come to share their research and knowledge. These scholars come through individual arrangements with individual faculty members.
  2. The program also reviews select visiting scholar applications from the Fulbright. 
  3. The program also welcomes unsolicited applications to the SLS Program through the SLS Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program. 

Additional information on the AVS Program: Each year we can accommodate a small number of well-qualified applicants to the Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program (generally no more than ten to twelve). The AVS Program is for those with strong research proposals that are relevant to and align with the general interests of our faculty. Those applying to the AVS Program must be working within foreign and/or second language and applied linguistics, and within that category, working within foreign and/or second language learning. (An invitation letter, after acceptance into the Program, for the Ambassador Visiting Scholar would state that the person is coming to the Second Language Studies Program to work in foreign and/or second language learning, thus only those who work in that area should apply to the AVS program). If an applicant is interested in a broader topic or in education in general, we, the SLS Faculty, strongly recommend the applicant consider the Michigan State University Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP), an excellent and long-standing professional and academic visiting scholar program with full support, field trips, and specialized classes at Michigan State University (http://vipp.isp.msu.edu).

The typical length of stay for any visiting scholar in the Second Language Studies Program is one or two semesters. Ambassador Visiting Scholars are expected to be arrive on campus no later than the first day of the semester (please refer to https://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/Calendar/academic.aspx for MSU’s academic calendar). Note that our Fall semester begins in August and ends in December; our Spring semester begins in January and ends in May.  Completed applications for the RVS Program are due on:

  • April 1 for an August start date; or
  • September 1 for a January start date.

Applications to the AVS Program that are completed by these dates will be reviewed immediately after these dates. The completed Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) applications must include the academic qualifications and also documentation of financial support as outlined in the Online Application Form for the Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program (URL below). Because of the limited availability of research participants, no data collection will be possible by Ambassador Visiting Scholars while at MSU. Therefore, Ambassador Visiting Scholar who are doing empirical research are encouraged to collect data in their home country prior to arrival at MSU.

We expect all visiting scholars to have a Ph.D. and/or hold a faculty position at a university in their home country, unless other arrangements are made with the members of the Second Language Studies Progrm. Visiting scholars must arrange for their own housing, but can utilize MSU facilities, including the library and internet access and are encouraged to participate in all of the program’s events (workshops, lectures, discussion sessions). Visiting scholars are often able to unofficially audit some of our graduate courses, although this can only be done with the consent of the professor in charge of the course. Ambassador Visiting Scholars may officially enroll in graduate courses (in some cases/courses consent of the professor is needed) through Lifelong Education (Lifelong Education tuition fees apply; currently the non-resident Lifelong per-credit rate is $931.00). Because of limited space, the SLS Program is not able to provide any office space or access to a computer, although there is public work space and access to computers on campus. 

Apply Now to be an Ambassador Visiting Scholar

Online Application Form for the Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74CKsl39dyne6oJ

Online store for paying the non-refundable application fee to the AVS Program:  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3871

On the online application form for Ambassador Visiting Scholars, the prospective Ambassadors will be asked to provide the following: 

  • Names and email addresses of three references
  • Current CV or resume (a PDF)
  • A project proposal with a timeline for project completion (a PDF)
  • Letter demonstrating available funding (a PDF)
  • Self-reported TOEFL or IELTS test scores (required: TOEFL score of 600 (250 CBT or 100 iBT) or higher or an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher) with official scores (taken within the last two years) sent directly from the testing institute to Michigan State University's Second Language Studies, TESOL & Applied Lingusitics Program; the official scores will be used to verify the self-reported scores. The DI Code for sending your TOEFL scores to MSU is 1465. Your application will not be reviewed until your official score report has been received.

All visitors may be invited to join research groups, assist with and attend the annual Spring Second Language Studies Research Symposium, participate in the annual World Languages Day at MSU, and/or attend or assist with relevant SLS courses. Past visitors have, for example:

  • Conducted independent research that related to the intellectual interests represented by the core SLS faculty.
  • Presented as a guest speaker in relevant SLS graduate courses.
  • Traveled with SLS students/faculty to regional SLA/SLS conferences. 


Prior SLS Visiting Faculty/Scholars

"Famous Affiliate" Visiting Scholar

Spring 2012: Dr. Rod Ellis, Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Visiting Scholar in the SLS Program through the College of Arts and Letters' Famous Affiliates Program.
Email: r.ellis@auckland.ac.nz
Hosts: Drs. Susan Gass, Shawn Loewen, Paula Winke

Fulbright Visiting Scholars

Academic Year 2018/2019: Dr. Cuiqin Xu, Associate Professor at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (Visiting Fubright Scholar)
Email: cqxu@nju.edu.cn
Hosts: Dr. Charlene Polio

Academic Year 2016/2017: Dr. Zhanhao Jiang, Professor, Xi’an International Studies University, China (Visiting Fulbright Scholar) 
Email: 447939126@qq.com
Hosts: Drs. Susan M. Gass and Peter I. De Costa

Academic year 2013/2014: Dr. Khalida Gasimova, Vice Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan (Visiting Fubright Scholar)
Email: gasimovakhalida@yahoo.com
Hosts: Dr. Debra Hardison and Dr. Paula Winke

Spring 2011: Dr. Tetyana Valuyeva, Assistant Professor from the Department of Linguistics and Translation Theory, Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan (JFDP Visiting Fulbright Scholar)
Email: tatyana.valuyeva@gmail.com
Host: Dr. Paula Winke

Invited Visiting Scholars

Fall 2016: Eva Koch, Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Vakgroep Taal- en Letterkunde (TALK), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Translation: Department of Language and Literature, Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Belgium.
Email: koch.eva.marie@gmail.com
Host: Dr. Aline Godfroid

Spring 2016: Dr. Carolina Bernales, Assistant Professor, Instituto de Literatura y Ciencias del Lenguaje Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Valparaí­so-Chile
Email: carolina.bernales@pucv.cl
Host: Dr. Aline Godfroid

Spring 2011 & Fall 2007: Dr. John Bitchener, Professor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Email: john.bitchener@aut.ac.nz
Host: Dr. Shawn Loewen

Fall 2007: Dr. Rosemary Erlam, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Email: r.erlam@auckland.ac.nz
Host: Dr. Shawn Loewen

Visiting Scholars and Ambassador Visiting Scholars

Academic Year 2018/2019: Drs. Yong Chen, Juan Feng, Fei Li, and Jianbo Yin, Lecturers at Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Anhui, China (Ambassador Visiting Scholars)
Email: 447392053@qq.com, 916470172@qq.com, lifei513@163.com, and 94373737@qq.com, respectively.
Hosts: Drs. Susan Gass, Shawn Loewen

Fall 2016: Dr. Paúl González, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Loja Ecuador.
Email: pfgonzalez@utpl.edu.ec
Host: Dr. Charlene Polio

Academic Year 2014/2015: Dr. Lihong Li, Associate Professor, Jilin University, China, and
Dr. Chunyan Qiu, Lecturer, Shanxi Normal University, China
Emails: lilh@jlu.edu.cn and yanziqiu0104@163.com, respectively.
Host: Dr. Xiaoshi Li

Fall 2013: Dr. Yawen Han, Associate Professor, English Department, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China.
Email: harryhanyawen@126.com
Host: Dr. Susan Gass

Fall 2012: Dr. Rafael Alejo, Professor, Facultad de Educación, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain.
Email: ralejo@unex.es
Host: Dr. Aline Godfroid

Fall 2010: Dr. Halina Chodkiewicz, Associate Professor in the English Department at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland.
Email: hachod@hektor.umcs.lublin.pl
Host: Dr. Susan Gass

Spring 2010: Dr. Junaidi Mistar, Head of the English Education Department (Postgraduate Program) at the Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA), Indonesia.
Email: junaidimistar@hotmail.com
Host: Dr. Susan Gass

Academic year 2008/2009: Dr. Liqun Li, Professor at the Dalian Jiaotong University, P.R. China.
Email: liqunjut@163.com
Host: Dr. Xiaoshi Li