I am Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the MA Program in Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language in the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida. I teach courses in second language acquisition, pronunciation pedagogy, and quantitative research methods. I am currently Associate Editor of Applied Psycholinguistics and Reviews Editor of the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation.
My research examines second language speech development in and outside of the classroom, including the relationship between speech perception and production, pronunciation attitudes of classroom foreign language learners, and fluency development during study abroad. I recently completed a project investigating foreign language instructors’ beliefs and classroom practices related to pronunciation. I am currently exploring the relationship among intelligibility, accentedness, and comprehensibility in L2 Spanish.
My most recent work has been published in Language Teaching Research, Foreign Language Annals, and The Modern Language Journal. I received my PhD in Linguistics and Second Language Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.