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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


I have always been fascinated by languages and language learning.  I majored in English and German at Indiana University, and received an M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Georgia State University in 1998.  For the next six years, I taught English in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, where I also taught myself Turkish.  In 2012, I received my Ph.D. in English with a concentration on Second Language Studies and Linguistics from Purdue University.  My research focuses on the influence of a first language on learning a second language, as well as the psycholinguistics of second language learning. 

Classes Taught

ENG 1213: English Composition and Research

ENG 1223: English Composition and Research for Internationals

ENG 3063: Introduction to Grammar

ENG 4283/5283: English Grammar and Usage

ENG 4323/5323: History of the English Language

ENG 4343/5343: Linguistics

ENG 5413: TESL Grammar

ENG 5830: Portfolio in TESL

ENG 5900: TESL Practicum

Office Hours

Physical Office location: In Fall 2021 I will not hold in-person office hours, but will schedule face-to-face meetings to accommodate students with special needs in my office, Liberal Arts North 103F.


Virtual Office Hours Mon. 1:00-3:00 PM; Thurs. 3:00-4:00 PM; Fri., 10 AM-12 PM (via Zoom and e-mail)

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