07/2020 -06/2023 Major Instrument Development (MRI): Development of Cyber-instrument for Natural Language Discourse Analysis (CNLDA). NSF. Collaborators: John Hansen (University of Texas-Dallas), $375,717 (pending)
07/2020 -06/2023 Collaborative research: Improving communication skills for English learners in the workforce through an affective interactive oral communication tutor. NSF, CICE: Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. Collaborators: John Hansen (University of Texas-Dallas), Catia Cucchiarini and Helmer Strik (Redboud University, the Netherlands), and Keelan Evanini (ETS). $750,000 (pending)
07/2019 Investigating the use of mobile-assisted technologies in TOEFL listening and speaking tests. TOEFL COE Research Program. Collaborators: John Hansen (University of Texas-Dallas), Catia Cucchiarini and Helmer Strik (Redboud University, the Netherlands), and Keelan Evanini (ETS).($97,113) (pending)
07/2019 – 06/2021 Relationship between Young English Language Learners’ Backgrounds and their Proficiency in English, Alianza Inter-Universitaria Sonora-Arizona, Fondo de Apoyo para el Fomento de la Investigación sobre la Región Sonora-Arizona, with Naria Nelly Gutierrez Arvizu ($5,000).
05/2019 – 06/2020 Developing an Affective Interactive Oral Communication Tutor, Research Bridge or Seeds Awards, NAU ($15,000)
02/2019-12/2019 Test-Takers’ Cognitive Processes in Listening Comprehension Test in Cambridge Assessment English, 2019 Cambridge Assessment English Research Program. BRP 14,928 (pending)
11/2019 – 6/2019 College of Arts and Letters Research Grant, NAU ($2,500)
2019 – 2020 Investigation of Relationship among Learner Background, Linguistic Progression, and Score Gain on IELTS, 2019 IELTS Research Grants and Awards, ($50,972)
2018 – 2019 The Language Learning Roundtable conference program, Language Learning. ($9,700).
7/2018-6/2019 Linguistic analysis of spoken discourse. Scholarly Creativity Award, NAU ($6000)
11/2017-11/2018 Application development for prosody-based automated scoring systems. The Global and Interdisciplinary Research Fund Program, Center for International Education, NAU ($6000).
10/2017-6/2018 College of Arts and Letters Research Grant, NAU ($1,000)
3/2017-3/2018 Linguistic analysis of speaking performance and automated extraction. British Council Research Grants with total of $15,040.
6/2013-3/2017 Intelligibility of Different Varieties of English in the TOEFL iBT Listening Test, 2012-2013 iBT TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE) Research Grants with total of $106,849.
1/2014-1/2017 Development of communicative features in automated speech systems. Post-doctoral research support grants. NAU Research Investment Fund (TRIF); total of $200,000.
7/2013 Validating spoken English proficiency ratings of international medical graduates by standardized patients, Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME); with Don Rubin and Michele Griffin at University of Georgia; total of $150,000. (not funded).
7/2013-5/2014 Communication enhancement among high school students from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The 2014 NAU Scholarly and Creative Arts award with total of $6,000.
1/2013-6/2014 Impact of Different Task Types on Candidates’ Speaking Performances and Interactive Features that Distinguish between CEFR Levels. Cambridge ESOL with total of $21,314.
4/2012 -5/2013 Enhancing communication between U.S. undergraduates and international students through structured contact activities, TOEFL Board Grants with total of $ 14,997.
2/2012 – 6/2013 Enhancing US undergraduate students’ tolerance to linguistic diversity through structured intercultural courses, NAU Faculty Grant Program, with total of $6,200.
9/2011- 9/2012 An ethnographic interpretation of cultural immersion in study abroad programs and their impact on student learning in the foreign language class, Pedagogical Research Challenge Awards, Queensborough Community College, CUNY, with Federica Goldoni at CUNY; with total of $15,000.
9/2011 – 10/2012 Impact of collaborative project-based intercultural interaction. Institutional assessment and studies, University of Virginia with Shelly Staples and Liz Wittner with total of $2,000.
8/2011-8/2012 Demonstrating PIE students’ linguistic gains in pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, PIE Research Grant with total of $8, 851.
7/2011-6/2012 Thresholds of second language study for overseas immersion , Faculty Grant Program, Northern Arizona University with total of $11,200.
06/2011-06/2012 Linguistic Analysis of Speaking Features Distinguishing General English Exams at CEFR levels B1 to C2 and Examinee L1 Backgrounds. Cambridge ESOL with total of $19, 404.
5/2011-5/2012 Thresholds of second language study for overseas immersion, TOEFL Board Grants with total of $14,965.
5/2010-5/2011 Students’ Individual Characteristics that Predict Success in Studying Languages Abroad. TOEFL Board Grants with total of $14,999.
7/2010-6/2011 Undergraduate Students’ Individual Characteristics that Predict Success in Studying Languages Abroad. Faculty Grant Program, Northern Arizona University with total of $5,000.
07/2009 – 6/2010 Validation of oral proficiency test, College of Arts and Letters (CAL) summer research grant. Northern Arizona University grant funded for a total of $ 6,000.
07/2008 -10/2008 Acoustic analysis as part of the project, TOEFL COE Research Grant (PI: Joan Jamieson) for a total of $74,998.
05/2007 – 06/2008 Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) Fund. Grant funded for a total of $ 8,000.
05/2006-05/2007 iBT TOEFL COE Research Grants by Educational Testing Service (ETS) with Don Rubin at University of Georgia. Grant funded by ETS for a total of $89,000.
01/2006 – 06/2007 Spaan Fellowship Fund. the University of Michigan. Grant funded for a total of $5,000.
Awards & Honors
03/2020 Research and Creative Activity NAU 2020 Award for Graduate Research Mentorship
09/2018 500 Women Scientists
06/2016 Scholar selected for Language Learning Scholar-in-Residence
05/2013 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the TOEFL Grants and Awards based on the numerous professional activities and contributions to the field of language assessment.
09/2012 “Most Promising New Scholar at NAU” award. For the demonstration of outstanding achievement in the areas of research, innovation, international scope, collaboration, productivity, external funding, etc.
06/2010 Winner of Christopher Brumfit PhD/Ed.D. Thesis 2009 Award by Cambridge University Press and Journal of Language Teaching: Highly competitive both nationally and internationally. The dissertation was recognized for its significant and original contribution to the field of SLA and/or FL teaching and learning.
01/2010 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation 2009 Award Finalist by Educational Testing Service: The dissertation was recognized for its contribution to knowledge about second or foreign language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing.
03/2008 University of Georgia Dissertation Award
12/2005 Virginia Macagone QUIG Scholarship: 2006 Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Conference.
02/2005 Louise McBee Scholarship, Georgia Association for Women in Education
03/2003 M.A. First Class Honors, the University of Auckland
09/2002 Auckland University Partnership Awards, the University of Auckland.