The Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University (MSU) welcomes three types of visiting scholars to our program.

  1. Faculty within the Program invite visitors to work on specific projects or to come to share their research and knowledge with the Second Language Studies Program faculty and students. These scholars come through individual arrangements with individual faculty members and are officially invited through the Chair of the Department in which the SLS faculty member has their academic tenure home. SLS arranges special events, meetings, and research opportunities for these scholars.
  2. The Program also reviews select visiting scholar applications from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. These researchers from countries around the world are invited to be a Fulbright Visiting Scholar directly with the Second Language Studies Program, with SLS faculty or the Program Director as their Fulbright host. 
  3. The Program also welcomes unsolicited applications to the SLS Program through the SLS Specialized Global Professional Education Program, a joint Program offered through SLS and the MSU Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP).  Visiting International Professional Program.

Up until September 2020, SLS additionally accepted applicants to the Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program. If you submitted an application to this Program prior to September 20, 2020, it will be reviewed. Those accepted to the Ambassador Visiting Scholar (AVS) Program, but who had to defer due to COVID-19 or who have not yet arrived, your Visit is still planned. Please contact Dr. Paula Winke (winke@msu.edu) for more information.

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 Program. 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. 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. If you have questions about the Ambassador Visiting Scholar Program, please email Dr. Winke (winke@msu.edu).

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 2019/2020: Xing (Cindy) Yang, Nantong, Jiangsu Province in China
Email: cindy237@hotmail.com 
Host: Shawn Loewen

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.com916470172@qq.comlifei513@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