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My work as Acting Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Excellence in Teaching and Experiential Education at Queens College includes supervising the Center for Teaching & Learning, whose mission is to support and recognize all aspects of teaching and learning at Queens College, and supporting experiential education programs and other student success initiatives. Through this work I oversee programs and projects that include the following:

  • Experiential education
  • Studies of student success, including a project to study and improve the Freshman Year Initiative Program and a project to expand the participation of women in Computer Science
  • Teaching and learning trends, and their contribution to assessment
  • Faculty use of instructional technology: course management, electronic portfolios, blogging, productivity tools
  • Teaching online
  • Adjunct faculty support
  • Teaching evaluations

My PhD is in Linguistics, from the CUNY Graduate Center. My research is on cross-linguistic aspects of sentence processing, with a focus on syntactic ambiguity and the contribution of prosody to syntactic disambiguation.  Another focus is the impact of the second language on the first language of bilinguals.  I have also done some work on technology in higher education and am interested in measures of student success.

I am faculty in the department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders, where I teach courses on psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and second language acquisition. I am also affiliated with three programs at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I advise Masters and PhD students:


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