Below you can read about my doctoral advisees, past and present. For a list of helpful readings on preparing for the academic job market, see my handout for a presentation I gave for a FLRT workshop on the job search in April 2018.

See the Graduate School’s Graduation Calendar for due dates for examination reports, applications to graduate, and dissertation filing.


Mustapha Chmarkh is a doctoral student in FSMLE. He received his MA in English from Tours University in France and his BA in English from Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco. Mustapha has taught ESL in France, the Middle East, and the US. His current research interests include Writing to Learn in ESL and EFL classrooms, L2 writing instruction, scaffolding language and concept learning in the ESL classroom, and language attitudes.

MinsoekMin-Seok Choi is a doctoral candidate in Language, Education, and Society. He earned his MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the International Graduate School of English (Seoul). His research interests include ethnography, discourse analysis, and intercultural communication. Min-Seok’s dissertation research examines international students’ second and academic language socialization and development of professional vision.

Jin-Wei Hung is a doctoral student in FSMLE. He received his MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and his BA in Taiwanese Languages and Literature from National Dong-Hwa University in Taiwan. Jin-Wei has taught CSL and CHL in higher education for nearly a decade. His current research interests include CHL/CSL language socialization, CHL/CSL social and academic adaptation, and Chinese teacher professional development.

Grace J. Kim is a doctoral student in FSMLE program. She received her BA in Spanish and English Linguistics, and a MEd in Educational Leadership. Her academic and research interests include bilingual education for immigrant children, language use and ideologies of multilingual students, and heritage language education.

sominkimSomin Kim is a doctoral student in FSMLE, currently preparing for her candidacy exam. She received her BA in Spanish and MA in TESOL. She has 6 years of ESL/EFL teaching experience and is currently teaching Korean at a local high school. She is interested in the language and literacy practices of adolescent multilingual English learners, especially those who are with limited or interrupted formal education.

Hillary Libnoch is a doctoral candidate in the Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood (RLEMC) program at OSU. She is also Instructor of Education at Wittenberg University. Hillary earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a K–12 Reading Endorsement from The University of Mount Union and an MS in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Hillary was a public school teacher of Spanish-English bilingual kindergarteners. Her dissertation research examines change in Zomi family and community practices for supporting the language and literacy of young emergent bilingual children.

Mark McGuire is a doctoral candidate in FSMLE. He received his MA in Linguistics from Syracuse University in New York. He has taught ESL or EFL in higher education for nearly a decade, with a research focus on the linguistic development of Chinese ESL and EFL users by using mixed methodologies, social constructionism, and Complexity Theory.



Dr. Roger Anderson (2020) is an Assistant Professor of International Languages (French & Arabic) at Central State University. His (2020) dissertation ‘A Multiple Case Study of International Teaching Assistants’ Investment in an ITA Training Class’, examined the experiences of ITA’s within a course focused on improving their communicative skills for instructional roles within undergraduate classrooms. Roger received his MA in African Studies/French from Ohio University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from Middlebury College. His research interests include language ideology, multilingualism, Arabic pedagogy, and service learning.

SiduryChristiansen8937Dr. Sidury Christiansen (2013) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and digital literacies, with a focus on transnational bilinguals and English language learners’ engagement with each other in digital spaces, exploring the intersection between literacy and language ideologies, identities, and culture. Her publications have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Sociolinguistics and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Juhyun Do’s (2017) dissertation ‘EFL Teaching on the Ground: A Case Study of Primary EFL Classroom in Korea’ examined how 5th grade EFL learners learn and use English in the primary EFL classroom in the complex sociocultural context of Korea. She is a Lecturer at Kyungpook National University. Her research interests include language socialization, in particular in EFL settings, English language education in a global perspective, and NES/NNES teacher identity development.

YaoFeng OstrichDr. Yao-Feng Huang (2013) is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Cheng Shiu University (Taiwan). In his dissertation ‘The Effects of Two Methods on Training EFL University Students in Taiwan to Identify Three Non-Native Phonemic Contrasts’, he investigated and compared the effects of different types of perceptual training on university-level EFL students in Taiwan. (Yao-Feng is holding an emu chick in this photo.)

Dr. Steve Iams (2021) is a Senior Lecturer at New York University Shanghai, where he teaches English for Academic Purposes and service-learning courses which explore and problematize issues in applied linguistics, global health, and migration. He is also an affiliate Assistant Professor in the MA-TESOL program at the School for International Training. His dissertation, ‘The Big and Small Stories of faculty in the era of rapid change in higher education’, is a narrative study of how faculty stories preserve institutional culture and promote learning in the face of new challenges in and beyond the classroom.

Dr. Eun Jeong (Esther) Lee (2013) is Assistant Dean of International Extensive Programs at the California State University, San Bernardino. In her dissertation ‘The relationships between corrective feedback, affect, and oral English improvement among advanced ESL students in a Spoken English course’, she examined the interaction of teachers’ oral corrective feedback with learners’ affective variables and prior ESL classroom experiences.

seohyunDr. Seo-Hyun Park (2014) is Assistant Professor and Director of the Intensive English Language Institute at Divine Word College. Her dissertation ‘Tracing transnational identities of North Korean refugee English learners in South Korea’ examined the resettlement experiences of refugees in Seoul, focusing on the interplay of EFL learner identity and transnational identity construction. She draws on sociolinguistics, ethnography, and conversation analysis in her research on second language identities.

Ani Pujiastuti picDr. Ani Pujiastuti (2017) is Director of the Writing Center (the first in Indonesia) at President University (West Java). Her dissertation ‘Language Socialization in the Workplace: Immigrant Workers’ Language Practice within a Multilingual Workplace’ is a workplace linguistic ethnography in which she examines how co-workers from diverse backgrounds communicate and further develop language and literacy skills on the job.

Dr. Jackie Ridley (2020) is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Literacy at Kent State University. Her research focuses on the language and literacy practices of young refugees. Her dissertation ‘Connecting Kids to Texts: Connections, Positioning, and Participation in an ESL Book Group with Refugee and Immigrant Youth’ examined the co-construction of connections to a teacher-proposed mirror text in elementary ESL book group.

Dr. Afida Safrianis (2021) dissertation ‘Exploring Language Ideologies in Second Language Teacher Education’ examines the nature of classroom negotiation and contestation of language ideologies within an L2 teacher preparation program. doctoral candidate in FSMLE. Fida earned her MA in TESOL from the School for International Training (SIT) as a Ford Foundation awardee for the International Fellowship Program (IFP).

Artanti SariDr. Artanti Sari (2018) is Program Coordinator for the English Education MA program at the PGRI University of Palembang. Her dissertation ‘Online Socialization into Languages and Religion: Tracing the Experiences of Transnational Families’ examines the ways four Indonesian-Muslim families who migrated to the US used online digital telecommunication technology in socializing children into languages, literacy, and religion.

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Dr. Brian Seilstad (2018) is the Dean of Global Engagement at the American College Casablanca. He previously was Associate director of the Office of International Programs and Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. His dissertation ‘Adolescent Newcomer Programming in Superdiverse Contexts: Continua, Trajectories, Ideologies, and Outcomes’ examines newly arrived students’ experiences.

Ya ting 2Dr. Ya-Ting Shih (2012) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Chung Yuan University. In her dissertation ‘Taiwanese-Guoyu Bilingual Children and Adults’ Sibilant Production Patterns’, she examined the acquisition and production of sibilants in two languages in a context of language contact and shift. Her research interests include phonetics and second and bilingual language acquisition.

Dr. Sirad Shirdon (2021) is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant, currently with the Minnesota-based LiveLife Therapy Solutions’ Technology for HOME program. Dr. Shirdon has been involved in projects exploring the use of AAC as an intervention for children and adults with significant communication, behavior, and sensory support needs. Her dissertation, ‘“I’m so happy that we have one another and support one another”: Transitioning Somali autistic children into Kindergarten’, examined the systems that supported and impeded the successful transition to the kindergarten of Somali autistic children.

LipingDr. Liping Su (2013) teaches Chinese at Highline College in the Seattle area. She is also an early childhood trainer and parent education facilitator. Her dissertation ‘Language socialization of Chinese children in the American Midwest: Learning to write in American preschool, Chinese Sunday school, and at home’  examined early writing socialization of Chinese preschool children in English and Chinese.

ChuntingDr. Chun-Ting Yang‘s (2016) dissertation ‘Student ethnic identity and language behaviors in the Chinese heritage language classroom’ examined language ideologies and linguistic conduct of students and teachers in an afterschool program in a Midwestern city. Chun-ting earned her MA in Linguistics at National Chung Cheng University. She teaches English at Min-Yi Junior High School in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.