Teaching and testing have taken me to many places throughout the world. I earned my BA in English with minors in Writing, German, and Biology from Northern Michigan University in 2005. The following year, I served as an Austrian-American Fulbright Commission Fremdsprachenassitentin (Foreign Language Assistant) where I taught English as a foreign language at two vocational high schools in Neusiedl am See, Austria. I earned my MA TESOL at MSU (2008) and then spent eight years overseas, teaching pre-sessional English for academic purposes programs in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lithuania. While abroad, I got involved in classroom-based language assessment and large-scale standardized testing, both of which inspired me to pursue an MA degree in Language Testing from Lancaster University in England (2017).
From my experiences as a language teacher and administrator in higher education, I have observed that educational policies, language acquisition theory, and language testing do not always align. At times, they interact in ways that create unintended consequences that have an effect on learners’ linguistic, academic, and social development. What drives my research agenda is finding ways to combine practitioner needs with researcher expertise to help address these real-life policy and practice challenges. My research interests include classroom-based language assessment, language assessment literacy, language test development and evaluation, test-taker response processes, second language writing assessment and teaching, and eye-tracking methods.